I am an Upstate New Yorker and I love it.  My mountain biking terrain is rugged, mountainous, usually cold and very very coniferous.However, I’ve been curious to see what my fellow mountain biking maniacs trail terrains looked like and in the interest of expanding my horizons; here are some of the most beautiful places west of the great Lakes that I have found!

El Corte De Madera Open Space, Woodside, California

Photo: mtbgreg1.

Photo: mtbgreg1.

There aren’t many places in the world where you can ride quality singletrack beneath a massive canopy of redwood trees, but El Corte De Madera is one of them! This deep forest provides a completely different sort of beauty than high-alpine peaks or dry, rocky deserts, but it is undoubtedly beautiful in its own right. -mtbgreg1

Emerald Lake, Bozeman, Montana

Photo: John Fisch

Photo: John Fisch

A favorite even among those who live in the midst of stunning scenery, the Emerald Lake trail climbs just over 1,800 vertical feet through a gorgeous pine forest before bursting out into a magnificent meadow anchored by the aptly-named Emerald Lake sitting in a high alpine cirque, the grandeur of which must be seen to be believed. -John Fisch

Greenhorn Gulch, Ketchum, Idaho

Photo: aminnow.

Photo: aminnow.

Greenhorn provides fantastic high-alpine vistas of the surrounding Idaho mountains, and killer singletrack to boot! -mtbgreg1

Highline/Templeton/Baldwin, Sedona, Arizona

Photo: John Fisch.

Photo: John Fisch.

Over the course of 10 rugged miles (with options for infinitely more), you will see most of Sedona’s captivating red rock landmarks from multiple angles. The combination of the red rock, green forest, and most intensely-blues skies you’ve ever seen, will be imprinted on your memory forever. -John Fisch

We are so blessed in America to have a Nation that is full of so many different landscapes and what better way to take it all in than crushing that dirt with your wide mountain biking tires and taking in the scenery with the cat-like, curiosity that comes from being a mountain biking maniac.