Saturday, March 28, 2009

Trail of the Year 2008

This is the time when mountain bike magazine's pick a "trail of the year", which of course is subjective. This year Bike magazine had a different approach with 11 different categories along with "trail of the year." Oregon is the best place to mountain bike (I feel) because you can ride year round, you get to ride in four seasons, and you can ride in desert, thick forests, flats and lots and lots of climbing. It is the best of everything and it is nice to see this special place get national attention. This year, Bike magazine picked the McKenzie River Trail as "Trail of the Year" and it is well deserved. Also the North Umpqua River Trail as best "Must Ride Trail." And the trail system around Hood River was honorable mention in "Best Home Town Trail." Here is a full list of the "Bests."

Best Descent - Porcupine Rim, Moab, UT
CBC, North Vancouver, BC
Downieville Downhill, Downieville, CA

Best Flow - Sidewinder Trail, East Burke, VT
Jem Trail, Hurricane, UT
Zippety Do Da, Fruita, CO

Best Fully Committed Trail - Kokopelli Trail, Fruita, CO to Moab, UT
Wasatch Trail, Telluride, CO
Monarch Crest, Salida, CO

Best Lift-Served Trail - A-Line, Whistler, BC
Boondocks, Northstart at Tahoe, CA
Powerline, Snowshoe, WV

Best Hometown Trail - Blue Mountain, Peekskill, NY
Hood River, OR
Marquette, MI

Best Climb - Teocali Ridge, Crested Butte, CO
Amasa Back, Moab, UT
Black Mountain Trail, Pisgah, NC

Best Trail Network - Kingdom Trails, East Burke, VT
Brown County Trails, Nashville, IN
Park City, UT

Best Destination - Crested Butte, CO
Sedona, AZ
Moab, UT

Best Must-Ride Trail - North Umpqua River Trail
Dirt Merchant, Whistler, BC
Seven Summits, Rossland, BC (trail of the year 2007)

Best Technical Trail - Lynn Woods, Lynn, MA
Upper Oil Can, North Vancouver, BC
Plantation Trail, Davis, WV

Best Tight 'N Twisty Trail - Deadman's Gulch, Crested Butte, CO
Cut Yer Bars, Whistler, BC
Seventh Secret, Vancouver, BC

Trail of Year - McKenzie River Trail, McKenzie Bridge, OR
401 Trail, Crested Butte, CO
Monarch Crest Trail, Salida, CO

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