There are many ways to enjoy the red and golds of fall in the United States. Some people take walks along city streets, others embark on road trips to New England’s coastal towns.
Our favorite way to take in the changing season is on a bike saddle. Biking can lead you deep into forest to get up close and personal with the changing trees or carry you along paths lined with color.
Fall is one of the best seasons to enjoy the singletrack of mountain trails and the twists and turns of roadways and bike paths around the country. Here are some of our favorite places to do just that.
Best Bike Trails to View Changing Leaves
Witness The Colors Of Crested Butte’s Interconnected Aspen Grove
In Crested Butte, Colorado head west to Kebler Pass — where the Dyke Mountain Bike Trail takes you through a breathtaking Aspen grove. What makes the grove special is its interconnected root system, which ranks it as one of the biggest living organisms on the planet.
Come fall, the interconnected system also causes the leaves in each cluster of trees to change in bursts of the same color.
The Dyke trail, in turn, weaves you in and out of this ecological phenomenon — making it one of the more popular fall bike routes in the state. The trail takes you through everything from smooth singletrack to loose technical descents.
We suggest riding the trail slowly, taking your time to enjoy this colorful natural wonder.
Dyke Mountain Bike Trail:
- Distance: 5.5 miles
- Difficulty: Expert
- Terrain: Singletrack, loose rock, logs and everything in between.