The 8 most dangerous mountain bike trails in the world

Written by: Ben Wright



Time to read 2 min

If you’ve grown tired of the same old mountain biking trails, we’ve got a treat for you. We’ve scoured the world (via the world wide web) and found what appears to be the 8 most gut-wrenching, eye-opening and “I want my mommy” mountain biking trails on the planet. You can try them if you dare, but we abstain from all legal responsibility here if you do. Without further adieu, here’s the top 8 in no particular order…

8 ) Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Trail, Boulder City, Nevada

These trails can seem almost unrideable, so extra precaution is very much needed. Advanced skills are required with some of the downhill trips, and it has steep sections and drops not advisable for the weak of heart.

7) Black Mountain, Brevard, N.C.

Black Mountain in Pisgah National Forest, Brevard North Carolina has one of the most scenic trails complete with beautiful waterfalls. But this ride isn’t for the weak of heart (and skills). Insane jumps, crazy switchbacks, and downhill drops that require some serious ability to control your bike.

6) Baseline Mountain, Canada Cup

It’s steep and rocky downhill can make less experienced riders lose control. Not to mention insanely steep sections and obstacles such as small trees on the way, which require adequate training to master. Take a trip to Rocky Mountain House in Alberta, Canada if you’re in for this type of challenge.
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5) Comfortably Numb , Whistler, British Columbia

The sign at the entrance “use at own risk” says it all. Comfortably Numb in British Columbia demands a great amount of skill and physical fitness. Very technical, and lots of steep descents and climbs make it not suitable for novices and even some intermediate bikers.

4) Porcupine Rim Mountain Bike Trail, Moab, Utah

As many mountain bikers could attest to, Porcupine Rim Trail in Moab, Utah is one of the most challenging and surely satisfying trails in the world. Its fast technical downhill runs make it hard to concentrate on turns and obstacles. The views and the scenery are a big bonus for riders.

3) Pasubio, Vicenza, Northern Italy

An ancient road in Vicenza, Italy, Pasubio has been rehabilitated into a hiking and mountain biking trail. The unique series of tunnels, the amazing scenic views, and the thrill of having conquered one of the most dangerous roads in the world attract many bikers this trail. Take note however, that even just a small error could mean death.

2) Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

These copyrighted images taken of the Cliffs of Moher in Emerald, Isle Ireland have been spreading over the Internet like wild fire. But seriously, this is one insane trail. Got milk? Right. You’re gonna need more than milk to ride this trail. One small tweak in your balance, and you’re taking a 600-foot plunge to the Atlantic ocean below.

1) Yungas Road, Bolivia

Considered by many as the world’s most dangerous road or “The Death Road”, Yungas Road in Bolivia takes up number one spot on the list. This dirt road contains no safety barriers and has a number of twisty turns that have killed 13 cyclists since 1998. The trail is so dangerous that biking on rainy season is strongly discouraged. A single mistake could result into a 1600 foot plunge.

(photo credits Jarrod, Japedi, SingleTracks, Shayne Kaye, WikiPedia, Pretty/Ugly Design)