If you’re new to downhill mountain biking or if you’ve never checked out the dirt at Trestle, we recommend taking a scroll through this guide! Welcome to your new favorite summer activity!

Safety
First


When it comes to downhill mountain biking, making sure you know how to be safe is the best place to start. Here are a few of our safety tips:

Ride within your abilities and take your time.

Right hand break is the RIGHT brake to use most of the time.

Constant pressure when braking is better than on/off or slamming the brakes.

Altitude is a factor. Trestle is about 10,000 feet above sea level. Drink water and take rests!

Your eyes guide where the bike goes. The faster you are going, the farther you should be looking ahead on the trail.

SLOW DOWN before you speed up. Crashes can happen on your first lap. Ride the trail multiple times to get familiar with the features and equipment you’re on so you can more confidently increase your skills without exceeding your limits. Jumping skills are required for freeride trails.

Pre-Ride

Warm up the brain and body and inspect the trail at low speed.

Re-Ride

Lap the trail a few times and get to know the flow of the features.

Free-Ride

Start small and work your way up to faster speeds and larger features.


For more information

Check out the Rider Responsibilty Code

Know Your Bike


It’s important that you choose the correct bike for the type of riding that you are doing.

Mountain XC

Downhill Specific

Know Your Gear


HELMET - MANDATORY
A full face helmet will help protect your face and teeth in a fall.

GOGGLES - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Protective goggles help protect your eyes from branches, rocks and other objects.

UPPER BODY ARMOR - RECOMMENDED
Body armor is a vest that protects the torso (back, chest and abdomen). Long sleeves are recommended. Neck brace available.

KNEE/SHIN/ELBOW PADS - RECOMMENDED
Pads are worn on knees, shins and elbows. These are often hit first if you fall.

GLOVES - RECOMMENDED
Full finger gloves will help protect your hands, but also give you better control of the bike.

CLOSED TOE SHOES - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Closed toe shoes help prevent you from slipping off the pedals and protect your feet.

All gear availible for rent/purchase in our Rental Shop. Full armor is included in bike rentals.

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Learn Your
Bike


Intro To Trestle - Gentle Green Trail - Base Area
START TO DOWNHILL RIDING - 1.5hr SESSION
Gentlest way to start! Fun and unintimidating.

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Trestle 101 - Green Trails
INRO TO DOWNHILL RIDING - 3hr SESSION
Trestle 101 is the BEST PROGRAM FOR FIRST TIME RIDERS

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All Coaches / Guide Options
Downhill Camps

Which trail is best for me?


EASIEST:
Smoother, wider surfaces with more gentle corners and rolling terrain. Some beginner trail sections include small rocks, tree roots and wider bridges.

Designed for beginner Bike Park riders

MORE DIFFICULT (INTERMEDIATE):
Riders can expect both smooth and rough surfaces on steeper terrain, including larger corners, rollers and medium jumps. Trails also include larger natural obstacles, including roots and rocks. Trail features include raised structures like bridges and wallrides that require jumping skills and speed.

Suited for riders who have mastered all beginner trails.

More Difficult (Advanced Intermediate)
Riders can expect a ride that suits a rider who is comfortable on blues, but not quite ready for blacks. These advanced intermediate trails are perfect for a gradual progression with medium-large features, jumps, and natural obstacles. Trail features include raised structures, like bridges and wall rides that require jumping skills and speed to help riders prepare for black trails.

Most DIFFICULT:
Riders can expect a ride that suits a rider who is comfortable on blues, but not quite ready for blacks. These advanced intermediate trails are perfect for a gradual progression with medium-large features, jumps, and natural obstacles. Trail features include raised structures, like bridges and wall rides that require jumping skills and speed to help riders prepare for black trails.

Suited for riders who have mastered all beginner trails.

Expert Only
These runs are for expert riders who are comfortable on blue/blacks and looking to push themselves. Trails will have steep terrain and require jump skills and expert bike handling at top speeds.

Suited for the expert riders only

Pro Line (Banana Peel):
Most difficult technical terrain on the mountain mixed with freeride features. Proficient handling of all bike skills required. Largest gaps and mandatory jump features. Expert jumping skills required.

Suited for highly skilled expert riders only

Liability release and separate Pro Line Pass required. More Info

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