It’s that time of year again in the Winter Park area where we are patiently awaiting the snow to melt and the mountain biking trails to open. As I crossed my fingers on Sunday and rode towards the most sun exposed trail possible, I was pleasantly surprised.
Sundog, which leads from the Leland Creek Trail off Kings Crossing Road in downtown Winter Park, is dry. While it is not an extremely technical trail, its many switch backs are a great way to get the wheels turning and challenge your self from an endurance perspective. Following Sundog, I was tempted to reward myself and ride back down this winding trail. Instead, I turned onto Sunset Pink and I was excited to find that this trail was also dry despite being in the trees.
Another great option for early season riding is Granby Ranch. The trails dry out sooner because Granby Ranch is located in a banana belt. The mountain is officially open for the biking season. Whether you are an expert or beginner, lift access is offered for both their downhill and cross-country trails. The resort added 8 miles of spectacular single track cross country trails last year. They have at least one new downhill trail and another cross country trail slated to be installed this year. I hit the “South Mountain of Granby Ranch” cross country trails last weekend. (Accessible on the East side of Hwy 40 at the top of Cty Rd. 87). It was almost all dry and fun challenging single track!
The trails mentioned above are just a taste of the 600+ miles of mountain biking options in the Winter Park area. With so many choices, I am not surprised we are named Mountain Bike Capital USA.
While on the trails, please remember to practice good trail etiquette. Avoid trail damage by staying clear of wet and muddy areas. If avoiding these areas is not an option, tread carefully and do not veer off the trails’ as this will cause further damage.
Happy riding and be sure to stop by the Real Estate of Winter Park office to pick up a free printed guide of our local trails.