North American Bike Park Review Tour
Trestle Bike Park Review
Winter Park, Colorado
Photos by Dusten LaPointe
Trestle Bike Park rises from the mountains of Winter Park Colorado. Known for its participation in countless race series and appearances in more than a few magazines, Trestle is a massive park in a little town. By little we mean very little, but the bike park makes up for what the town lacks. With ample selection of jumps, flow and tech, this is a park that can keep any skill lever of rider busy for days. Of course, the beautiful setting only makes this park even more special, with 360-degree views of mountain peaks and gorgeous skies. Let’s dig into what makes this place so special, and give you all the spots we recommend along the way to plan your trip.
For $45 online or $49 at the door, riders get access to everything Trestle Bike Park has to offer. The trails range from green to pro line, and there are even two way XC trails that range from green to black for those that enjoy pedaling. This mountain has a total of 9 green trails, 18 blues, 10 blacks and 3 double blacks as well as the Banana Peel pro line slopestyle course. That’s a huge array of trails and a solid mix for all skill levels of riders. Out of all the parks we visited this summer, Trestle was one of the largest and most varied in terrain. Check out the full trail map here.
During the summer months, Trestle has three lifts available to mountain bikers. The gondola takes riders from the village to the main lodge at the top, and accesses most of the trails. The Eskimo express lift also drops riders at the lodge, but begins on the looker’s right of the mountain. Finally the Olympia lift takes riders to the highest point on the mountain, accessing trails like 36th Chamber. All lifts access trails of every skill level, which is great for families or groups who want to ride the lift together regardless of skill level.
The area was blessed with good soil, varied terrain and plenty of rock. Even better, the Trestle bike park crew does a great job building; meaning most of the trails we rode had excellent jumps, berms, rock gardens and overall layout. Speed management was also good and well thought out on the green and blue trails.
Trails like World and Roly-poly offer a great starting point for new riders, while Shy Anne, and Lower Boulevard give a good blue progression from there. Black and double black trails like Cruel and Unusual, 36th Chamber, Bear Arms, Trestle DH and Dirty Dozen will keep advanced riders coming back. Trail variety is one of the areas this park excels most in, with a solid mix of tech and jump trails. Even within one top to bottom run, it’s easy to mix jump and flow with technical rocks and single track.
One complaint we have however is that 36th Chamber, the mountain’s premiere jump trail, is located at the top of the mountain where winds are the most frequent and strong. During our 5 day trip, there wasn’t a single day with low enough winds to hit and clear the jumps. From talking with locals, our week wasn’t out of the norm, so if you go to hit the jumps be aware and try to hit the 36th as early in the morning as possible.
Thankfully there’s trails like Cruel and Unusual that are tucked into the trees and offer plenty of fun. One of our favorite trails of the trip, Cruel and Unusual mixes tech, flow and jumps into one weaving trail filled with wooden features. It will keep you on your toes and was Chili Dog’s favorite trail of the park.
For tech, Trestle DH was the standout with proper, technical terrain, steep descents and plenty of challenging rock gardens and turns. The trail is very well laid out, and challenges riders with some advanced line choices and high speeds. This one is definitely worth bringing a downhill bike to hit at full speed.
Like most bike parks however Trestle does suffer from braking bumps and holes. Unlike some mountains however Trestle Bike Park has some long traverses that require significant pedaling to access many of the trails. They’re slightly less than ideal on enduro bikes but certainly get your crew talking on DH bikes.