Trail Flow

  1. Open and Flowing. These trails are relatively gentle, featuring sweeping turns, smooth surfaces, wider tread, long sight lines, and fewer technical challenges. They appeal to less-skilled riders and those who enjoy the sensation of speed.
  2. Tight and Technical. These routes are more difficult, with sharper turns, rougher surfaces, and a narrower tread. They provide mountain bikers with challenge while keeping speeds low, which can decrease user conflict.
  3. Hybrid. This type of trail blends “open and flowing” with “tight and technical.” These trails may be wider, yet incorporate a technical tread. Trees, brush and obstacles are generally below eye level, allowing for long sight lines. Slightly wider trails allow users to easily pass each other while the addition of technical challenges keep speeds down.