Mountain Bike Diaries...True Stories of the Trails

Trail Reviews ... Photos ... Maps ... Video ... Advice ... GPX
Paul Ottum ... Colorado Springs

Looking for Riders

I are constantly looking for new places to go and to meet new riders. Over the years I have been fortunate to have made connections with many riders from outside of my area (San Diego) ... riders who have taken me out to experience some of their local rides like Paul Ottum (Colorado Springs, Colorado) and Misty Murphy (Rogers, Arkansas) pictured to the left.

Some of these riders have had tremendous mountain bike skills while others have not ... but in all cases we have had fun biking their favorite trails and telling stories about our ride(s).

Paul Ottum ... Colorado Springs

After my visit I post photos, videos, and a map of the ride ... plus share information as to what happened on our ride. To see photos of my previous guides please visit Trail Guides.

I will come to you! Since retiring from teaching last June (and gaining access to free standby flight) I am even more anxious to come to your area and to try your favorite trails. Interested in taking me for a ride? Just click Let's Ride to contact me.

Want to come here and do some San Diego Mountain Biking? I will be happy to take you out on some of my favorite local trails. Just let me know by using the link above.

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Personal Mountain Bike Trail Reviews

This site is filled with Story Pages. These Story Pages display the text, photos, and videos from my personal mountain biking trips. Each Story Page can serve as a trail review for anyone trying to do research for an upcoming trip, someone looking for new trails to tackle, or just for entertainment.

But this website is even more useful (and entertaining) with the addition of your stories. Mountain Bike Diaries is built on a platform that allows visitor-submitted stories to be published automatically as their own Story Pages on this site. As a result, we can easily display a myriad of experiences and opinions, helping lead us to some great overall mountain bike trail reviews and ... some very interesting stories.

Share A Mountain Bike Story

Do you have your own mountain bike story to share? Feel free to tell us about something interesting that happened on one of your rides. Long story? Short story? It doesn't matter ... You can share that story with us here.

Hundreds of Photos

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Mountain Bike Diaries exhibits over 700 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 clicking the arrow below you will be treated to these photos shown as a slide-show. Try selecting the FULL SCREEN feature (in the lower right corner) to get the most of this experience.

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 11/14) 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 Story 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. The first icon listed for each Ride Map links directly to the Story Page for that ride.

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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 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? Would you like to see videos of the trails before you ride them? I have taken video footage on every ride I've done lately 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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I may not be a pro or a "semi-pro" mountain biker, but I have learned quite a few things of this sport. Having been a teacher for the past 32 years, I feel I can give you clear explanations on many aspects of mountain biking. From my Beginners page I share many ideas about buying a good bike, getting a helmet, which shoes to wear, and many other ideas that go along with getting started in this great sport. My Tips and Techniques page offers advice on what "To Do" ... and what "Not To Do" to make each ride a success. And my Best Rides rankings give you ideas on which trails are really worth exploring.

As a person who thoroughly loves mountain biking, I hope you will also come to value this sport and enjoy our website.

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Table Of Contents

Arizona Mountain Biking - Trail Reviews, Maps, and Personal Stories
Is Arizona mountain biking for you? Find out with my personal trail descriptions, custom landmark maps, photos, videos, and more.
California Mountain Biking ... Maps, Reviews, and Videos of my Favorite Trails.
California Mountain Biking ... I do not claim to be an expert on all of California's regions and rides ... yet, the many trails I have explored I know pretty well.
Colorado Mountain Biking
Colorado Mountain Biking ... I do not claim to be an expert on all of Colorado's regions and rides ... yet, the many trails I have explored I provide maps, stories, photos,and videos.
Crested Butte Mountain Biking | Trail Guides, Maps, and Personal Stories
Crested Butte mountain biking in Colorado is the best I've found. CB offers the most picturesque mountain bike trails in the country...Learn about these trails as they are ridden.
Fruita Mountain Biking, Colorado | Personal Trail Reviews, Maps, and More
A 4-day Fruita mountain biking trip led me to discover that there are some incredible trails in the vicinty of Fruita and Grand Junction, Colorado. You can read stories from my trip here, and share your own as well!
Mountain Bike Beginners ... Get Your Information here.
Much can be learned from this page spcically designed for Mountain Bike Beginners ... even if you are not new to the sport!
Mountain Bike Questions? Ask them here!
This is the place to ask Joe your Mountain Bike Questions!
Mountain Bike Stories and Trail Reviews From Visitors Like You
What's the best way to get information on a new ride? Read mountain bike stories and trail reviews from people who have done the ride themselves. And then share your own story!
My Mountain Bike Crash
I give a detailed description of my near-fatal crash ... then invite you to share stories of any crashes you might have had.
Nevada Mountain Biking ... Maps, Reviews, and Videos of my Favorite Trails.
Nevada Mountain Biking? I had never even thought about it until my buddy told me about a small, unusual town, 18 miles west of Las Vegas. Now I have a page of rides in the Silver State.
Park City Mountain Biking | Personal Trail Reviews, Maps, and Stories
Park City mountain biking in Utah is some of the best I've ever done. Ride singletrack trails around and across Olympic ski runs, and down the backbone of the Wasatch Range.
Slab City, California ... A Unique Retreat for Hundreds
Slab City offers many different activities, including ... Mountain Biking!
The Tabeguache ... A 4-Day Colorado Hut to Hut Trip
Read about the Tabeguache, a marvelous 4-day Colorado hut to hut trip.
Utah Mountain Biking
Utah Mountain Biking ... from desert to mountain forest ... a gteat diversity of trails!
Who's Joe? Find out here!
Find out more about Joe (the author of this site) and his family.
Grand Junction Mountain Biking
The Best Mountain Bike Trails in and around Grand Junction? My personal guide says these are his favorites.
Mountain Bike Techniques ... Intermediate Level
This page shows and reviews videos to teach mountain bike techniques.
Tahoe Mountain Biking
Tahoe Mountain Biking ... The Best in the West? In the Nation? Find out here.
Short Blogs ... The Short Story Version of Mountain Bike Diaries
Short Blogs will provide stats, a map, a few photos, and a short description of recent mountain bike activities.
New Mexico Mountain Biking
I only got a small taste of New Mexico Mountain Biking. What I tried I liked, and I will return for more.
Tucson Mountain Biking
Tucson Mountain Biking? I found nothing but great trails and nice people.
Website Advertising ... Mountain Bike Diaries
Mountain-Bike-Diaries Website Advertising offers a unique opportunity to advertise your products or services to not only your local area, but to a targeted clientele around the world.
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.