Mountain Bike Diaries

Mountain Bike Diaries was created due to one man's thirst for exploration, a strong desire to see new horizons, a drive to learn more about the world ... and mountain biking.

This lust for adventure, combined with his predisposition to help and share with others make this website unique. This website provides ...

  • trail reviews
  • photos
  • maps
  • videos
  • gpx tracks
  • trailhead directions
  • riding tips
  • elevation profiles
  • tales of the trails
  • We hope to stimulate the visitors curiosity ... to show them what is out there, to get them excited. And we hope this new found exhilaration cultivates their desire for ...


  • Now, exploration need not just be finding a new trail. It can also be how it feels to wind down a snaking singletrack with the tips of the brush rushing at you, blurring into your peripheral vision as they tickle your knees, and then disappearing ... gone.
  • In addition, your adventure could come in the form of meeting new people, or exploring your fears when it comes to riding your mountain bike for the very first time ... or jumping your bike off a rock.
  • That's what makes us humans different ... our strong urge to explore, to learn more about our planet and ourselves.
  • No website provides more quality, in depth information about all these different types of mountain bike explorations.
  • One Voice

  • Here at Mountain Bike Diaries the majority of the trail reviews come to you from one rider (as compared to the forums ... where you hear from a myriad of people).
  • Joe Unden is a High-Intermediate/Low-Advanced rider with tons of mountain biking experience (and a weird sense of humor).
  • Additionally, all trail reviews pertain only to rides he has actually done.

    "If he didn't ride it ... then he doesn't tell about it."
  • Personal Experiences

  • What really makes Mountain Bike Diaries different are the stories of the trail. You will laugh, shake your head, and say to yourself, "I'm glad I'm not the only one who forgot all the water in the car!"
  • Or you might think, "I can't believe he broke his neck in 4 places and still rides."
  • Have you ever had your wife back the car right over your camelback ... at the trailhead ... turning your pump into a semi-circle? Yup, we will relate some of the darndest things that have happened with mountain biking.
  • Mountain Bike Trail Reviews

    All rides posted on MBD will provide the reader with an immense quantity of trail information ... information provided at one of 3 different levels:

  • Garmin or Strava Review (Garmin or Strava Reviews ... provides all the stats for rides, such as length of the ride, elevation gained, detailed map, time of ride, temperature of ride, and many more).
  • Short Blog Review (includes Garmin or Strava Review plus photos, video, and a short written Review/Story of the ride).
  • Full Page Review (includes Garmin or Strava Review plus photos, video, custom maps, slideshows, and a detailed description of the ride).
  • Mountain Bike Diary readers can use all of the above to plan an upcoming trip, to look for some new trails to tackle, or just for entertainment.

    Your Voice

    But this website is even more useful (and entertaining) with the addition of your Review/Story. Mountain Bike Diaries is built on a platform that allows visitor-submitted reviews/stories to be published automatically as their own pages on this site.

    As a result, we can easily display a multitude of experiences and opinions, giving us a great variety of Mountain Bike Trail Reviews and some very interesting Stories.

    Share A Mountain Bike Story
    Do you have your own Mountain Bike Review/Story to share?
    Feel free to tell us about something interesting that happened on one of your rides. Long Review/Story? Short Review/Story? It doesn't matter ... please share your experience with us here.

    Hundreds of Photos

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    Mountain Bike Diaries exhibits well over 1,000 photos of the trails, the riders, and the physical features found on each ride ... like towering snow capped peaks, sparkling alpine lakes, strange sandstone rock formations, tightly packed aspen groves, and plenty more.
    Don't feel like reading? You can use this website simply as a picture book. By viewing photos like the one below or the ones in the slide show (at the top of this page) maybe you can get an idea of what these places look like ... perhaps you'll go and take your own photos!

    To view all photos up until 9/2014 on Mountain Bike Diaries please go to our Flickr page at MBD Flikr Photos. To view the most recent photos (as of 10/2014) please click MBD SmugMug Photos.

    Detailed Trailhead and Ride Maps

    Mountain Bike Diaries provides two different types of maps. The first is called a Trailhead Map, which shows icons for each trailhead in a given region (like the one below). Clicking on an icon gives the reader the chance to get directions to the trailhead, or to link directly to the Review Page for that ride.

    The second type of map is a Ride Map, where icons highlight interesting events along the route. Clicking icons on a Ride Map gives the reader additional information about each event, including a link directly to the Review/Story Page for that ride.

    Mountain Bike Trail Map
    Trailhead Map ... The map below shows all the trailheads for the entire MBD website.
    By clicking on an icon you will get the name and location of the ride, an option to link to the ride's Review/Story Page, or get driving directions to the trailhead.
    Share A Mountain Bike Story
    Do you have any opinions on the rides mapped above? Are there better rides in these areas?
    Please let us know so we can try them! We can all benefit from your experiences, so ... please tell us about your ride(s)!

    Videos From The Trail

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    Want to get a preview of the terrain as you plan your next trip? How could we give you a better Trail Review than by showing you a movie?

    Joe has taken video footage on many of his rides and we have made several YouTube videos from this footage. These videos can be viewed either at our video page on this site, named Mountain Biking Videos or on our YouTube channel called MountainBikeDiaries.

    Helpful Advice

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    He may not be a pro or a "semi-pro" mountain biker, but he has learned quite a few things about this sport. Having been a teacher for 35 years, he feels he can give you clear explanations on many aspects of mountain biking.
    From our Beginners page we share many ideas about buying a good bike, getting a helmet, which shoes to wear, and many other hints that go along with getting started in this great sport.

    Our Tips and Techniques page offers advice on what "To Do" ... and what "Not To Do" to make each ride a success. And our Best Rides rankings give you ideas on which trails are really worth exploring.

    TheWrench Raves Need help with your bike? Mountain Bike Diaries has it's own experienced, master mechanic on hand. Just visit TheWrench and let him have at it!

    We thoroughly love mountain biking here at MBD ... and we hope you will enjoy our website.

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    Tell a Story ...

    1. North Umpqua Trail
      -Roseburg, Oregon
    2. Wasatch Crest
      -Park City, Utah
    3. Porcupine Rim
      -Moab, Utah
    4. Trail 401
      -Crested Butte, CO
    5. Flume Trail
      -Lake Tahoe, Nev
    6. Gooseberry Mesa
      -Hurricane, Utah
    7. Horsethief Bench
      -Fruita, CO
    8. Rock Creek Canyon
      -Mammoth, CA
    9. Noble Canyon
      -San Diego, CA
    10. Cathedral Rock
      -Sedona, Az
    11. Ute Creek
      -Grand Junction, CO
    12. Sunset Trail
      -Flagstaff, Az

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    Who's Joe?

    Joe Unden

    That's me, Joe Unden, your guide on this site. Since 2005 my favorite activity has been mountain biking. In 2011 I decided I wanted to share my biking experiences with others online, to make it easier for people to learn about the trails I love.

    You can learn more about me and what has led to this site here.

    And, if you've got a mountain biking question you want to ask me, feel free to use the button below.