How to find new trails to ride

Try these five tips when planning your next adventure

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No matter how long you’ve been riding at some point you will (or at least should) go in search of new trails. Some areas are easy to explore on your own, but others are downright confusing and even dangerous.

YouTuber BKXC is well known for globetrotting to ride the best trails on earth. In this video he describes his routine for finding new trails and mapping out rides. Stop wasting time riding trails you heard are cool but aren’t, or worse yet, getting lost trying to find the cool trails. Make the best use of your time on the bike by using the vast array of resources at your disposal and make some new friends along the way.

How to Find Trails
  1. Get involved with your local bike club and do volunteer trail work
  2. Look for informal online mountain bike groups
  3. Make friends with the people at the local bike shop
  4. Explore online resources such as Trailforks.com and MTBproject.com
  5. Hire a guide

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About the author: Justin Wages

As a stage 4 colon cancer survivor, Justin Wages got into the cycling world in an effort to increase his endurance after losing his left lung. As a California native and growing up with a skateboard and snowboard beneath his feet it wasn’t long before the thrill of mountain biking gripped him. Justin’s day job as a Land & Recreation Manager helps him understand the balance between conservation and trail use. He also works with his fiancé, Jeni, to bring more women into the mountain bike world with certified skills clinics and education. “My goal is to get more people on trails for health and enjoyment,” he says. “I want to help them overcome their mental or physical limitations and be the best person they can be, while expanding their appreciation for our natural world.”


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  • Sean says:

    Just get out and explore !

  • Shark says:

    I use both trailforks and mtbproject, great apps!
    However, sometimes the best ride is exploring a first service map and finding a trail that is new to you.
    One of the best things about riding a bike is exploring.

    • Marcus says:

      I use both as well. Both rely on users to upload data, so sometimes one has more info than the other.
      However, Trialforks “Ride Planner” tool gives TF a bit of an advantage. It really helps when it comes to trying to plan a route at a place with multiple route options. It will let you select a route, and will show you the total mileage as well as climbing. Highly recommend trying it out (assuming TF has good data for the trail you’re scoping).

  • joey says:

    Strava heat map!

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