At the top of each page you will see the physical demands of the trail they will look something similar to the picture below. You should use this information to decide if the trail is in your range of physical fitness.
On the right side of each page you will see the Minimum Skill Level for this trail see picture below. You should use this chart to determine the Minimum Technical Skills needed for this trail. This is a new system I am trying out instead of the one level fits the entire trail system.
None - Means there are no sections on that trail that meet that skill level
Little - There are very few sections on that trail that meet that skill level
Some - There are some sections on that trail that meet that skill level
Lots - There are a lot of sections on this trail that meet this skill level
Mostly - Almost all the trail meets that skill level
All - Every bit of that trail meets that skill level
N/A - Not Available
For an explanation of the different levels see I.M.B.A Trail Difficulty Ratings. I also use the following to determine difficulty rating:
- Mostly flat and smooth terrain maybe dirt road, double track or single track not many roots or rocks.
- This would be for someone just starting to mountain bike or a trail where you could take someone to introduce them to the sport.
- Obstacles can be avoided. Great for family and brand new mountain bikers.
- Rougher singletrack trails with small rocks and roots.
- Obstacles are small and avoidable.
- Small exposure.
- Suited for riders who are bored with the novice trails.Targeted riders would be those who are not comfortable with rocky filled trails, drops, stepups, exposed narrow trail or steep loose descents.These riders may still be developing self confidence in their riding skills.
- Rougher terrain singletrack with tighter corners and steeper slopes.
- Larger natural and or man made objects, including roots, rocks, drops, stepups and jumps.
- Some obstacles are unavoidable, some riders may have to walk.
- Steep exposure.
- Suited for riders who have mastered the beginner trails. Rocks and roots are not a problem, these riders will do small drop offs and jumps, steep loose descents might test them but they will give it a go. Narrow bridges and skinneys are often attempted and exposed trail can be a rush.
- Steeper singletrack grades with large natural and man made technical features, including larger rocks, roots, drops, stepups and jumps.
- Technical handling through tight trees and rough sections.
- Obstacles are unavoidable, some riders may have to walk.
- Steeper exposure.
- Suited for riders who have mastered the Intermediate trails. Advanced will be more of the enduro and downhill crowd who crave huge jumps and drops, rough sections are not a problem for these riders and many man made features.
- Steepest grades with the most technical features.
- Scary exposure.
- Large and more abundant natural and man made objects.
- Obstacles can not be avoided.
- Suited for the most advanced riders. These riders are more like your big downhill riders who love extreme drops, jumps and descents.