Electric Assisted Mountain Bikes, or eMTBs for short, are quickly becoming the exciting new way to explore by bike. Their ease of use is opening up biking to everyone regardless of fitness level or age. While eMTBs are still regulated as motorized vehicles when it comes to trail access, there are over 10,000 miles of trail open for exploration.
“With over 10,000 miles of trail available for eMTBs, the opportunities for adventure are endless,” said Morgan Lommele, E-bikes Campaign Manager, PeopleForBikes. “We look forward to seeing more people exploring the world by bike with the ease of access that eMTBs provides even to non-cyclists.”
PeopleForBikes has put together a list of the top five eMTB adventures riders can go on right now. Check them out:
Crested Butte, Colorado: Crested Butte is widely regarded as one of the birthplaces of mountain biking and should be on every rider’s bucket list. The area’s long history of shared-use trails opens many classic Crested Butte rides to eMTB exploration, including Reno/Flag/Bear/Deadman’s Gulch. This 18-mile loop travels through the backcountry between Cement Creek and Spring Creek drainages, twice topping out at over 11,000’ as it roller coasters up and down the Reno Divide.
Why You Should Go: Endless miles of shared use trails that carry you deep into the Colorado backcountry. View a map here: Crested Butte
Sun Valley, Idaho: Stunning Western landscapes, narrow singletrack and a riot of springtime wildflowers make the Greenhorn Gulch trails a sure-fire destination for eMTB’ing. This loop has an instant backcountry feel as soon as you leave the trailhead. From there, the route climbs, twisting westward into the hilly grasslands and ghostly fire-scorched forests. A fun drop back towards the trailhead at the halfway point allows riders to replace their battery before tackling the second loop to the south. Cresting at nearly 7,500’ sets up a long, grin-inducing descent through aspen groves with stunning views to the east.
Why You Should Go: Epic views on an epic adventure View Map Here: Sun Valley
Hood River, Oregon: As one of the original gravity networks in the U.S., Post Canyon has matured into a dense network of flowy singletrack. There are several fun loops close to the Post Canyon Loop Staging Area for a short ride, or to work on your technical skills, try the Family Man skills area. The highlight of Post Canyon, though, is the all-day loop that drops you down to the trailhead after 2,700 vertical feet of descending
Why You Should Go: All about the flow and the descent. View Map Here: Hood River
Cuyuna Lakes, Minnesota:Nestled among the idyllic lakes of central Minnesota lies the 5,000-acre Cuyuna Lakes Recreation Area and over 25 miles of mountain bike singletrack. Alternatively tracing the lakes’ shorelines and weaving within a dense forest of birch, aspen, basswood, red oak, and ironwood, the purpose-built trails have earned acclaim from around the country for both their scenery and grin-inducing flow.
Why You Should Go: Purpose built singletrack that welcomes eMTBs. View Map Here: Cuyuna Lakes
Monarch Crest, Colorado:Just outside the growing bike destination of Salida, CO, lies a high-altitude stretch of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail known as the Monarch Crest. Also part of the Colorado Trail, it connects Monarch Pass (11,312’) to Marshall Pass (10,830’) along the spine of the Sawatch Range. Regularly heralded as one of the best mountain bike rides in the country, this eMTB Adventure is an out-and-back ride that captures everything that makes Colorado riding famous: remote, high-alpine singletrack weaving along ridges and peaks, mountainsides dressed in bursts of high country wildflowers, and views of the rugged Rocky Mountains.
Why You Should Go: Widely considered in of the best rides in the country, one that needs to be on any riders bucket list. View Map Here: Cuyuna Lakes
Still looking for a place to ride an eMTB? Check out this full map of all the eMTB destinations around the country on PeopleForBikes’ eMTB Map.
eMTBs often are riding on mixed use trails that are open to many different modes of transportation including hikers, bikers, horseback riders and others. Please check out PeopleForBikes eMTB Trail Etiquette Guidelines for tips and tricks on how to have a successful eMTB adventure.
If you have more questions or would like more info, please feel free to contact, Alex Showerman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-727-8110.