Top reasons to go mountain biking in Summit County
Sample Colorado’s iconic alpine singletrack
Up your game on over 800 miles of trails
Fantastic rides for all skill levels
With an off-road cycling history dating back to the late 70s, Summit County is an iconic place to find the flow. And for good reason: the tightly wound and intricate trail network includes wide berms, switchbacks, and endless miles of smooth and flowy singletrack, all running through beautiful alpine terrain. The best part? Everyone can participate. From easy rides to black-diamond descents, Summit County’s classic loops accommodate all levels of riders. It’s an awesome place to push your skills, meet fellow female riders, and make life-long bonds on and off the trails.
May through August
Denver, CO, is 1h45min away from Summit County
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Women’s Intro to Mountain Biking Course
Join an all-female group of MTB enthusiasts for a comprehensive introductory course to mountain biking. Learn fundamental techniques, such as braking, shifting, body positions, and cornering, from an expert local guide, before testing your newfound knowledge on the best beginner-friendly trails in Summit County.
Women’s Intermediate Mountain Biking Course
Learn and practice drops, tight turns, high-speed cornering, and many other advanced MTB skills on this two-day all-women’s course. Join a seasoned local guide and a group of like-minded female adventurers, and up your bike game on Summit County’s fantastic singletrack. Become a better, safer rider and make connections that will last a lifetime.
Meet your guide
Colorado Adventure Guides
Things to know
Covid measures in Summit County, Colorado
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Summit County, please refer to the official Colorado COVID-19 travel updates and the US international travel guidelines.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- A local, experienced MTB guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- One or two days of mountain biking instruction
What’s not included:
- Mountain bike rentals (can be arranged by your guide for an added fee of $80 USD)
- Food and snacks
- Personal gear
How fit do I need to be?
You will need to be able to bike for about eight hours a day for one or two days, depending on the itinerary you choose. After booking, your guide will determine the group’s skill level and capabilities and cater the day to your specific abilities.
What if I’ve never mountain biked before?
As long as you pedal on two wheels, you can book the introductory course. Your guide will explain the different mountain bike techniques and body positions to get you feeling comfortable on the trail. You will progress at a level that is consistent with your comfort. Once you finally get the hang of trail riding, you will only want more!
The intermediate mountain biking course is meant for intermediate to advanced riders looking to learn new technical skills. As such, it is not appropriate for beginners.
What about the required equipment?
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably synthetic
- Half-shell biking helmet
- Biking gloves
- Closed-toed shoes
- Breathable outside layer or jacket
- Water bottle or hydration bladder with plenty of water
- Daypack with food and snacks
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
The pricing doesn’t include bike rentals, but your guide does provide a rental concierge service. If you wish to rent a bike, feel free to contact us and we’ll help arrange it.
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For these courses, the usual guest-to-guide ratio is 5:1.
- Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
Mountain biking courses in Summit County can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Children as young as 10 are able to go on trips with a legal guardian. That said, if you have a young rider strong enough to handle sustained climbs (either riding or walking their bike) of hundreds of feet, and rough terrain, then they may be able to participate on a case-by-case basis.
If your group has riders under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Summit County, most people fly into Denver International Airport 1-2 hours away. From there, you can rent a car, take a bus, or take a shuttle service.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the basecamp in Silverthorne, CO, or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.