Do you fantasize about slender ribbons of singletrack winding deep through forests? Maybe riding high above the treeline and plunging down alpine scree slopes is more your style? Or is the best trail the one that's closest to your home — the trail you can pedal to from your front door? Or does a trail that’s more exotic, that you only ride once a year while on vacation, or have only ridden once, hold a special place in your heart.
Everyone who has ever thrown a leg over a mountain bike has a favorite trail. There’s no shortage of stunning singletrack out there. Modern mountain bikers are spoiled for incredible riding destinations.
I’ve ridden my fair share of singletrack for work and for play. My personal favorite trail is Hangover Trail in Sedona, Arizona. This particular trail struck a chord with me because it has everything I enjoy about mountain biking on one trail.
There’s a technical climb to a saddle that overlooks the town of Sedona, from there you dive down a steep, slick rock face and wind your way along a very narrow, very exposed track before descending a loose and rocky stretch of rubble. After this white-knuckle descent you are rewarded with a smooth and flowy finish.
Hangover has a bit of risk, amazing views and technical sections that needs to be approached like a chess-match in order to ride through cleanly. To me, that’s a perfect piece of trail.
Here's are two first-person views of Yeti-sponsored riders navigating Hangover.
So that’s the trail that gets my heart rate up. What about you? Which trail is your favorite, and what makes it one to remember?