Attack of the Single Track
TERRAIN: 240 miles of intermediate to expert, very hilly (1,000 feet to 2,900) singe track, double track, and fourth-class roads through thick forest.
BEST ROUTES: Cushman Trail going over Braintree Mountain into Rochester.
GETTING THERE: From I-89 take exit 4 to Randolf.
CONTACT: White River Valley Trails Association, Box 284, Randolph, VT 05060. 802.728.9667. The Chamber of Commerce (802.728.9027) has maps detailing bike trails.
Methow Valley, Okanogan National Forest
TERRAIN: Multiuse logging roads and spur roads through mountainous forests. Trails access open meadows and old homesteads. Higher altitudes are extremely scenic. Beginning to expert terrain, single track, and double track.
BEST ROUTE: Sun Mountain Trail system, Buck Mountain Trail; Blue Buck Mountain area.
GETTING THERE: In summer, take I-5 N, then east on Wash 20 (No. Cascades Highway). In winter (Dec-March), cross Snoqualamie Pass, then U.S. 97 N; turn left on Was 153.
CONTACT: Okanogan National Forest, P.O. Box 579, Winthrop, WA 98862. 509.826.3275. Winthrop Mountain Sports, 257 Riverside Ave., Winthrop, WA 98862. 509.996.2886. Methow Valley Sport Trails Association, P.O. Box 147, Winthrop, WA 98862. 509.996.3287. Methow Valley Visitor Center for the Forest Service, 509.996.4000.
Slatyfork, Monongahela National Forest
TERRAIN: Lushly forested Appalachian area, well known for its tight, technical single track. There are also dirt roads and old railroad grades that accomdate all ability levels.
BEST ROUTE: Gauley Mountain Trail, regional Rail Trails.
GETTING THERE: Located on West VA 219 one hour south of Elkins and 75 minutes north of Lewisburg.
CONTACT: Elk River Touring Center, HC 69 box 7, Slatyfork, WV 26291. 304.572.3771. www.etrc.com.
Chequamegon National Forest
TERRAIN: Rolling to hilly single-track and double-track backwoods riding over more than 300 miles of mapped and marked trails. Trails range from gravel roads to hard-packed single track. There's also a fair amount of overgrown double-track routes.
BEST ROUTE: Rock Lake Trail, West Fork Trail; Firehouse Trail.
GETTING THERE: 75 miles southeast of Duluth and 150 miles northeast of Miineapolis. From US 63, exit at Cable or Haward.
CONTACT: Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association, P.O. Box 141, Cable, WI 54821. Chamber of Commerce, 800.533.7454. www.cable4fun.com/camba.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication