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Best Beginner Bike Rides in Winter Park

Up here in Winter Park, we’re lucky to be surrounded by an abundance of forests and public land, which means there’s plenty of space to explore on two wheels, especially for beginners. Whether you’re hitting the trails for the first time or you have little ones along for the ride, these routes offer a range of easy introductions to biking in the Rocky Mountains. So, buckle your helmet, and let’s ride!

Beginner Bike Trails

E-Bike Tours

If you’re looking for an easy cruise full of mountain and valley views, then our e-bike tours are just the thing! Led by expert guides, these tours will give you a local’s perspective on the area, and you’ll be able to soak in the scenery thanks to your pedal-assist electric bike. Climb the trails and get stunning views of Parry Peak on our Mountain E-Bike Tour or cruise into town on the Riverside E-Bike Tour.

Fraser River Trail | 3-13.6 Miles

, Best Beginner Bike Rides in Winter Park

For an easy cruise into downtown Winter Park, check out the Fraser River Trail. This trail is paved, which makes it a perfect option for young kids or folks who want a smooth ride. To get started, begin at the resort base, take Winter Park Drive, and turn left at Old Town. Turn right after the A-Frame Club, cross the bridge, and the trail is on the left. Then, enjoy a ride into town surrounded by high alpine vegetation and the relaxing sounds of the nearby Fraser River. You’ll reach town after 3 miles, but you can continue on for however long you want. The trail runs 13.6 miles.

Elk Meadow | 2 Miles

Located near Fraser, this out-and-back trail is about 2 miles long and takes you through a section of Arapaho National Forest. It has minimal elevation gain (only 177 feet) and the trail is mostly clear of big roots and rocks.

Givelo Trail to Northwest Passage | 5 Miles

, Best Beginner Bike Rides in Winter Park

Another Fraser classic, this two-part route is made up of single-track trail that follows a dirt road and then weaves off into the pine trees. Givelo Trail is almost entirely flat and runs alongside the CR73 dirt road. After 1.7 miles, you’ll reach the turn-off for Northwest Passage. Take a right and cruise through the forest on a dirt trail until you reach Crooked Creek Road in 1.5 miles. Then, turn around and retrace your route back.

Tunnel Hill to Serenity Trail | 3.6 Miles

This easygoing route is one of our favorites. Plus, you can access this path right from the base of Winter Park Resort. Starting near the base of the Comet Lift, hop on the Tunnel Hill Trail and cruise for about 0.4 miles before reaching the Serenity Trail. Turn onto Serenity and enjoy a beautiful ride through the forest and across Cooper Creek. After around 1.4 miles, you’ll reach the end, and you can loop back to the base.

Want to take things up a notch?

If you’re ready to try something more technical, Trestle Bike Park is a great next step!

, Best Beginner Bike Rides in Winter Park

Intro to Downhill

For those new to downhill mountain biking, we recommend getting started with the Intro to Downhill course taught by expert coaches. This beginner-friendly session will take you through all the basics like gearing, form, and technique in a judgment-free setting. Plus, it’s open to anyone ages 7 and up. Make sure to book at least 48 hours in advance to get the best rate.

Bike Rentals

No need to BYOB (bring your own bike)! There are several options for rentals in Winter Park.

If you’re riding at Trestle, prebook your rentals online to save or stop by the shop at the base. We’d recommend the Premium Rental Package so you can test out the best bikes of the season!

For riding in town or around the Fraser Valley, check out these local shops for bike rentals and packages.

  • Epic Mountain Sports
  • Christy Sports
  • Beavers Sport Shop

Enjoy the Ride!

, Best Beginner Bike Rides in Winter Park

Now all that’s left to do is get out there and give it a go! One last tip: Stay trailside this summer to easily access all these trails and more. Check out our lodging accommodations and set up your basecamp in the Rocky Mountains.

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