Guide to Mountain Biking at Powder Mountain

Guide to Mountain Biking at Powder Mountain

Local Lexi

By Local Lexi \ September 22 2021

The Best Mountain Biking Trails at Powder Mountain 

Mountain biking at Powder Mountain relies entirely on your own power, and bikers and hikers can enjoy over 30 miles of trails at this high altitude oasis. Though no lift-assisted biking is offered at this time, the serene environment and cross-country style trails will keep riders busy and returning for more from both the Timberline and Hidden Lake base areas. Make sure you bring your own bike and equipment to Pow Mow, as there are no rental shops or bike shops! Trails are rated blue and green and are perfectly constructed to help riders progress and find their flow.  

Occasionally the trails at Powder Mountain will close for mountain bike events, so be sure to check the mountain's website for information. 

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Summer at Powder Mountain
It's a mellow scene at Powder Mountain in the summer months. A handful of events and races occupy the calendar, and visitors can enjoy casual to-go food from the windows at the Hidden Lake or Timberline lodges. Lodging is available at reduced rates for a peaceful summer retreat with astounding views. Powder Mountain is more like a relaxing retreat than an action-packed destination in the summer months, and it's the perfect place to get away from it all. 


Brim Trail
The Brim Trail was one of the first constructed at Powder Mountain and includes a singletrack loop of about six miles. It's appropriate for beginning to advanced riders thanks to its smooth flow and fun berms. A few rocky sections keep this trail interesting. The majority of this trail meanders through wide meadows with dry soil. This is a more popular trail at Powder Mountain thanks to its length and beautiful scenery. 


Paper Airplane
Easily Powder Mountain's most photographed trail, no visit to the area is complete without the chance to soar around the hulking metal of the paper airplane sculpture. This trail serves as a short connector to many of the other trails, so you'll most likely hit it whether you intend to or not. The trail is mostly smooth with a subtle altitude change and a few manageable rocky sections. 


Woody’s World
This trail can be ridden either way and essentially parallels the paved road connecting the Timberline and Hidden Lake lodges. It's fun to ride from Hidden Lake down to Timberline, and you can carry good speed through the majority of the trail. This trail is fairly straightforward and appropriate for intermediate riders. There is decent shade along this ride thanks to the groves of aspen and fir, and riders will enjoy views out to the west of Ogden Valley and the Nordic Valley ski area. 

If you park at the Timberline Lodge and pedal this trail uphill, you'll reach the Paper Airplane trail which connects to the popular Brim Trail. 

Doctor’s Dozen
Crossing Mary's Bowl, a site for endless fun in the winter, Doctor's Dozen pays homage to the founder of Powder Mountain, Dr. 
Alvin F. Cobabe. You can learn more about the history of Powder Mountain here. By parking at the Hidden Lake Lodge and riding Doctor's Dozen, you can easily access the lower Brim Trail. This trail can be ridden in either direction. It'll be a little bit of a grind pedaling back up and out. 

DMI - "Don't Mention It" - Trail
You'll want to set up a shuttle or send a friend for this high octane downhill trail. Park or wait near the first avalanche control gate along the highway, and begin from the Timberline Lodge. The trail starts out slow but quickly builds speed, leading to endless berms and big scenic views. The grove of trees near the bottom section of trail is particularly fun. This is one of the best downhill trails in the area, and those who love flow and gravity won't want to skip this one. 


More Trails Near Powder Mountain

Catch our guide to Snowbasin's bike park for more information about other well-established trails in the area. 

We also recommend the Skyline Trail for those seeking adventure. This trail offers excellent wildflowers in the early season and great leaf-peeping in the fall; it is popular among hikers, bikers, dirt bikers, and horse lovers. The views don't stop, and riders can enjoy vistas to the west of Willard Bay and Antelope Island, as well as Ogden Valley to the east. Don't forget to keep an eye out for mountain goats and other wildlife! This trail requires a great deal of effort and uphill grinding, but it's worth it. 

Pricing & Hours

Powder Mountain does not charge an admission fee to ride their bike trails. Users can simply arrive at the mountain and enjoy the elevation with their own pedal power. Powder Mountain is a great place to catch a late afternoon or evening ride when the temps are cooling off. Hikers and bikers may use the Powder Mountain trails at their own risk. Motorized vehicles and horses are not permitted. Trails are not patrolled, and there is no first-aid or bike patrol available. The riding season is dependent on conditions and typically runs late June through September. 

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