Routes

Western U.S.A.

Name Color Distance Climbing Rideability* Singletrack Start End
Arizona Trail 800 miles 100,000′ 5-7 60% Mexico border Utah border
Coconino Loop N/A 250 miles 28,000′ 7-8 44% Flagstaff Flagstaff
Colorado Trail 530 miles 60,000′ 6-8 60% Denver Durango
Continental Divide Trail 3000+ miles 400,000′ 4? 50% Mexico border Canada border
El Camino del Diablo 130 miles 7,000′ 6-9 <1% Ajo, AZ Yuma, AZ
Gila River Ramble N/A 70 miles 11,000′ 8 40% Kelvin, AZ Kelvin, AZ
Grand Loop 360 miles 48,000′ 6 8% Grand Junction, CO Grand Junction, CO
Grand Enchantment Trail 580 miles 80,000′ 4-6 50% Phoenix, AZ Albuquerque, NM
Great Divide Route 2709 miles 150,000′ 10 <1% Banff Mexico border
Idaho Centennial Trail N/A 1000 miles 80,000+’? 4-6 60%? Utah State Line Canada
Kokopelli’s Trail 144 miles 20,000′ 8 5% Moab, UT Fruita, CO
Kaibab Monstercross 130 miles 15,000′ 8 40% North Rim, AZ North Rim, AZ
Oregon 3 Rivers 400 miles 40,000′ 9 70% Eugene, OR Eugene, OR
Ring the Peak 70 miles 12,000′ 7 60% Manitou Springs, CO Manitou Springs, CO
Trans Utah 600 miles 60,000′ 7 40% St. George Moab
Vapor Trail 125 N/A 125 miles 23,000′ 8 40% Salida Salida

* – Rideability ranges from 1 to 10. 1 = leave the bike home. 10 = where’s the challenge?


Western US bikepacking routes
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Rest of U.S.A.

Name Color Distance Climbing Rideability* Singletrack Start End
American Discovery Trail N/A 6,800 miles ?? 8 <33% Pacific Ocean (CA) Atlantic Ocean (DE)
Iditarod Trail N/A 1100 miles 35,000′ 3-9 (variable) Snow Knik Nome
Maah Daah Hey Trail N/A 115 miles 8,000′ 9 75% Watford City, ND Medora , ND
Sheltowee Trace N/A 270 miles 10,000+’ 6? 75%? Picket State Park, TN HWY 377, northern KY
Trans Iowa N/A 340 miles 20,000′ 10 0% Decorah or ? Decorah or ?

Worldwide

European Bikepacking Routes by GypsybyTrade

Pedaling Nowhere’s bikepacking routes

Name Color Distance Climbing Rideability* Singletrack Start End
Australian Bicentennial National Trail N/A 5,330 km Unknown 3? ? Healesville Cooktown
Freedom Trail N/A 1450 miles 130,000′ 4-7 ~20% Pietermaritzburg Cape Town
Tasmanian Trail N/A 477km 20,000′ 9 <1% Dover Devonport
TransAndalus Loop N/A 2173km 38,000m 9 10+% Andalusia, Spain Andalusia, Spain
Transardinia Trail N/A 444km 12,000m 9 10+% Olbia Sardinia, Italy Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy

New Routes

We are looking for route info and GPS data. If you have a route, whether official or of your own creation, email us at info@bikepacking.net. We’d love to hear from you.

Comments (35)

Schwag « Raven SingletrackAugust 12th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

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velomattOctober 6th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

What about a link to the Trans Canada Trail:

http://www.tctrail.ca/thetrail.php

GrizzlyAdamMay 6th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Looking at that map, I’d say its only a matter of time until *things* are connected into a massive Mountain West Loop.

Zebot XreJuly 24th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Why is there nothing on Canada, the bike packing mecca of the world. No trans canada trail? KVR? a million others?

Former LocalJuly 25th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Why don’t you contribute then?

newfydogJuly 26th, 2010 at 8:26 am

The quads have turned much of the KVR and TCT into a sandbox. Canadians are usually pretty good about following rules, but in this case the motorheads have decided the rules are for someone else and have taken over the route.

InEuropeAugust 4th, 2010 at 2:46 am

Any other routes out there for Europe? Maybe some Germany/Italy/Central Europe stuff? All this US stuff is great but I don’t live there right now.

tooshOctober 28th, 2010 at 6:44 am

Trails in Switzerland: http://www.swisstrails.ch/

KruzMarch 3rd, 2011 at 12:24 pm

How about some Pennsylvania stuff i know a 100 mile loop in western PA

chrisMarch 14th, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Kruz, im in CT and bummed to see nothing close by, NY or PA. What’s the western PA loop ur talking about?

Former LocalMarch 14th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

This site is what you make of it, so make some contributions from your local area rather than waiting for others to do it for you. Bikepacking = Exploration. It’s the name of the game, it’s not supposed to be plug-n-play. A good example is this thread: http://www.bikepacking.net/forum/index.php?topic=954.0

chrisMarch 14th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Well mom thanks for the advice, it appears you will be of no help then. Just lookin for a starting off point.

KruzApril 1st, 2011 at 11:34 am

Cris the western PA loop is wrongly described sorry it is in State college PA in a town called Coburn where the Wilderness 101 backcountry race takes place it is in Rothrock statepark and the website is http://www.Mtntouring.com or you could google it I’m pretty sure you are allowed to camp along the trail as it is a state park the reason i am not 100 % on that is this is my first year entering the race

KruzApril 1st, 2011 at 11:36 am

There is also a 36 mile loop connected with the Ghost town trail In western PA. It is a very scenic trail easy tho just rails to trails stuff you are not allowed to camp but it is very remote along the ghost town trail nobody cares if you camp anyway im a local who rides it all the time as i live about 1/2 mile from an entrance to the trail

jhl99April 2nd, 2011 at 2:12 pm

A correction: Rothrock is a State Forest and not a State Park. There is huge a difference in what is allowed as far as primitive camping between the two. The Wilderness 101 (last I road it), goes through a number of small State Parks (Whipple Dam, Poe Paddy, Penn Roosevelt and near Poe Valley.

I’m curious to this loop route associated with the Ghost Town Trail. As far as I know, the Ghost Town is pretty linear from Ebensburg to Blacklick with a branch up to White Mill. From Blacklick you can take the Hoodlebug N to Indiana or S to Blarsville. From Blairsville you can take the West Penn Trail to Saltsburg, and from there branch N for a couple of miles before a dead end (although creative types can make it to Apollo, or branch west and pick up the Westmoreland Hertitage trail and end up at Slickville. None of that is remotely near a loop… so Kruz, where is the connector?

Chris: I’ll give you hint for something in NY… Check the Trip Reports section of this website :-)

kruzApril 5th, 2011 at 1:12 pm

There are two abandoned bridges that the ebensburg mainliner had a 3 page article on saying that township was going to repair them and resurface them which they just finished about a month ago the bridges are located between twin rocks and the road going to cardiff you drive underneith them leaving twin rocks also if you start in colver turn at regan junction and keep going past the bridge in belsano you will ride right onto them it is a straight shot it is worth checking out it is as easy as ghost town trail but it has some technical parts

another thing its not on any maps yet but you are allowed to ride it its just no motorized vehicles

kruzApril 5th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

also Research the C&I railroad and colver history you will prob see it in your research you could just google it and it will come up

kruzApril 6th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

also you i forgot to mention you are correct about my mix up with the state fores/state park thing thanks for the correction

HeatherFebruary 13th, 2012 at 8:53 am

Central Europe has been working on these for a bit: http://www.eurovelo.org/routes/ though I have to say I have yet to find detailed information on the routes. I’ll be trying some of them out this summer.

JayApril 17th, 2012 at 8:42 am

Please someone list the PCT…i want more info on this trail

mikeproApril 18th, 2012 at 10:28 pm

The rideability of the PCT is 0 (zero), as bikes are not allowed anywhere on the PCT since it has Natl Scenic Trail status. Given that, it wouldn’t make sense to list it here.

RobJune 3rd, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Anyone working on a PCT for mountain bikepackers? I would like to plan something out like that, maybe do a full west coast loop? Varying from easy to extremely technical? Maybe involving the Oregon 3 rivers down to Lake Tahoe or Moab, to Arizona then up the Divide???

eturkJune 7th, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I think someone should consider the longest continous beach costs and biking them, or making a circle around some island beach….so much potential for beach riding.

eturk

JelleJuly 15th, 2012 at 6:19 am

2 new mountainbiking trails in the French Alps. I rode a part of them and they are great!
GPS info can be fount on their website;
http://www.vtt.alpes-haute-provence.fr/grande-traversee-vtt-transverdon/

LimeeJuly 23rd, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon every
day. It’s always useful to read through articles from other authors and use something from other web sites.

slimOctober 24th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Jelle, would you creatie a route page for them here on bikepacking.net? That’s how it works, we all write up what we know.

Same to others who know of a route that doesn’t have a page yet.

HunterOctober 19th, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Working on a route from Tahoe to Lone Pine or ridgecrest.
California

Melanie DominguezOctober 21st, 2013 at 3:40 pm

I know a guy…
My friend Jim may be able to help. He knows the area well. We can discuss soon or in Death Valley.

FastraxJanuary 3rd, 2014 at 11:30 am

I have a route Trans North California, we just rode it in November. I have to clean up a few spots but will open up as a race late Oct 2014. Should end up around 375 miles 32k climbing Reno to Mendocino. Facebook Trans North California
I’d be happy to answer any questions on the FB page. Ride on…

alison gannettJanuary 29th, 2014 at 8:53 am

Love to see if anyone has done some bike packing routes in northern italy/dolomites? Want to head there this summer and want some beta so I can reserve some huts.

CatherineMay 6th, 2014 at 8:50 am

Do you have anything in north California, in Siskiyou county? North as in true north, not central–San Francisco.

caver456June 26th, 2014 at 7:28 am

posted a trip report in NorCal, Nevada City up to Graeagle, yesterday – it’s pending approval for now. Also emailed the gpx to them to put on the routes page. There are NorCal trips out there for sure!

caver456June 26th, 2014 at 7:41 am

Graeagle loop post just got approved – live from the CDT! Thanks Scott!

AlGooseAugust 14th, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Can somebody explain the rideability ranking?

* – Rideability ranges from 1 to 10. 1 = leave the bike home. 10 = where’s the challenge?

What does that mean?
Is 1 the most difficult and the reason you need to leave the bike at home? Or is 1 the easiest therefore, you may as well not even bring a bike?
Is 10 the most difficult but when you are done you are left saying “where’s the challenge?” Or is 10 the easiest leaving you to say “where’s the challenge?” because it is so darn easy?

ScottMSeptember 23rd, 2014 at 12:55 pm

10 would be a completely rideable dirt road (such as the GDMBR).

1 would be a hike-a-bike, barely trail or cliff scale.

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