The Kirkwood Mountain Bike Park first opened in 1997. The following winter was so deep the park couldn’t open the summer of 98’. Those that remember still laugh about how much snow Kirkwood got that winter, but that’s a tale for a different day. I arrived the next summer looking for an authentic mountain experience and was lucky enough to land a job in the Kirkwood Bike Park. I was stoked to be working on the mountain and totally blown away by all the potential it had to offer.
That first summer was only the tip of the iceberg – Riding all the local valley trails and exploring adjacent trails - I was immediately hooked and knew this could be my base camp for life. One of the great things about this area is there is always new areas to explore and the familiar trails and terrain never get boring.
Building the Sentinels Trail really opened up the All Mountain trail riding opportunities here at Kirkwood, allowing you to access a vast trail network beyond... Now you can ride the lifts on weekends and lap the The Whiskey Shots and the Vista Trail through Devils Corral, then light out on the Robey Wolfe Trail to Dangberg to Sentinels Trail up and out of the Valley. This is one of my favorite enchainment of trails as it provides a true all mountain experience.
Lucky for me not only do my kids love the pump track here at Kirkwood but have begun exploring the mountain trails with me. The one good thing about a low snow year is that the trails melt out quicker and my daughters and I can get out on the trails sooner and get RAD. Lift accessed mountain biking begins July 4th up here and we are waiting anxiously.
You will need a day ticket or a summer pass to access the Kirkwood Bike Park. You can purchase both at the summer ticket office located in the main village. We also have a fleet of stellar full suspension mountain bikes here for you to try out, as well as, safety gear and bike accessories. The rental shop is located at Summer HQ at Red Cliffs Lodge.
Health and Safety Manager