Southeast of Zurich, the Davos Bahnentour is an epic endurance mountain bike ride linking 100km of trails with nine cable-cars and lifts. Only the fittest mountain bikers can complete this alpentour in one day.
Southeast of Zurich in Graubunden, the Alps Epic Trail Davos is a breathtaking mountain bike trail from the Jakobhorn summit station down to the village of Filisur. It is a designated IMBA Epic Trail and is considered the longest singletrack in Switzerland, though it does combine trails with gravel roads.
East of Buena Vista across the Arkansas River, the Midland Bike Trail (#1450) is an eight mile mountain bike ride on the old rail grade with stunning views of the Sawatch Range and the Collegiate Peaks. It provides the backbone to a newly created singletrack network above BV.
East of Grand Junction and southeast of Palisade, the Palisade Plunge Trail is an epic 32 mile descent off the Grand Mesa. This challenging one-way route has 6,500 feet of descent along with 2,100 feet of rolling climb.
Northwest of Bolzano and northeast of Bormio, the mountain bike trail off Stilfser Joch is one of the most popular in Sud-Tirol. The Goldsee route starts up at Passo dello Stelvio and descends 6,500 feet over 15 miles east down to Val Venosta.
Spanning the California-Nevada border, the 150 mile Tahoe Rim Trail encircles the scenic Lake Tahoe. Following high ridges and mountain tops above this large alpine lake, mountain bikes are permitted on numerous sections of the Tahoe Rim Trail.
South of South Lake Tahoe, the Mr Toad's Wild Ride mountain bike trail is a hardcore downhill rock garden. Also known as Saxon Creek Trail, the route starts at Luther Pass with a stout 1,200 foot climb over 3 miles before dropping down 2,500 feet over 6 miles.
West of Cortina near Val Gardena, the Sellaronda MTB is a 60km mountain bike loop that is loosely based on the famous road cycling route. The well-marked Sella Ronda MTB utilizes several ski lifts resulting in over 4,380m of downhill with only 750m of ascent.
Northeast of South Lake Tahoe and west of Genoa, the Sierra Canyon Trail is a newer mountain biking singletrack from the Tahoe Rim Trail down to the town of Genoa. Starting high in the Sierras, the Sierra Canyon Trail descends over 4,000 feet along 9 miles through dense ponderosa pine forest with over 70+ switchbacks.
Northeast of Downieville, the Downieville Downhill is the quintessential mountain biking epic that's on many riders' bucket list. This shuttled mountain bike route combines five main trails over 14 miles with roughly 4,300 feet of descent.
Southeast of Truckee, the Flume Trail is one of the most popular mountain bike trails in the Lake Tahoe area. This epic mountain biking route is on most riders bucket list for its spectacular vistas along traverse across steep side country above Lake Tahoe.
West of San Rafael and Fairfax, the Tamarancho Boy Scout Camp has an excellent 7.8 mile mountain bike singletrack loop. The loop climbs through pine forest coming from Fairfax and then rolls through scenic meadows for a toll elevation change of 1,600 feet.
Southeast of Zurich in the upper Matteral Valley, the Zermatt area has about 50km of marked mountain bike trails. The mountains surrounding the town attract plenty of mountain bikers who are equally excited about the scenic, but challening, singletrack as they are about the lift-accessed trail system.
Northeast of Bolzano and Brixen, the Pfunderer Joch is a scenic and epic transalpine mountain bike route. It crosses through remote terrain on the way over Pfunderer Joch (aka Val di Fundres).