Mountain biking is quickly expanding to allow for the youngest of riders to hit the trails on two wheels. What once was a sport for more elite athletes, there is now both an abundance of gear (including bikes) and trails to allow the whole family to get out.
Below we list some of our favorites for families wishing to get their kids on the trails. We are no experts, but are learning alongside our kids (which is incredibly exciting!) Know your way around family mountain biking? I would love your input in the comments – we’d love to learn from you too.
I also relied on our friend Scott Fitzgerald of Buddy Pegs (go check them out right now here) to help me round out my local trail list. The Fitzgeralds know their bikes and their trails. Psssttt….if you are heading this way, plan on biking the Buddy Pegs Scavenger Hunt trails at Grand Targhee. They are incredibly fun!
The Bikes and Gear:
This is a quick list of bikes and gear that we think helps get the family out just a little easier.
- Tout Terrain Singletrailer: If you’re hauling a smaller child, this is THE best trailer for being able to do it on the singletrack. The suspension makes a world of difference. See our full review here.
- NEW Prevelo Zulu Series of Bikes: We have used and loved the Prevelo Zulu series for almost two years now since they first came out. You can read our review of the Zulu 3 here. They JUST released their updated Zulus including a Zulu ONE (which means a legit 14″ mountain bike with fat tires and disc brakes), AND a Zulu two (16″ mountain bike!) available for preorder. While we have yet to see the bikes in person, I can confidently say they are top-notch based on their previous mountain bikes we have loved so much.
- Frog 62 Mountain Bike: Frog Bikes is making an entrance into the US market more heavily and their MTB series is lightweight with front-fork suspension that works well both on trails and off.
- Tow-Whee Bike Strap: If you have a new mountain biker that just needs a little extra help, this is a great option for giving them that boost, but keeping them on their own bike. It allows for longer and harder rides, is very affordable, works on any combination of bikes and goes on and off easily. This is a game-changer especially for riders aged 4-8. Find it here. **Photos coming!**
Kid-Friendly Mountain Biking in the Jackson, WY/Teton Valley Area:
Cache Creek Trail – Length Varies
This is a heavily used trail in Jackson year-round, but does allow for both some riding on a dirt road and singletrack for all ages. We let our balance bike riders to short snippets and are able to get on and off some slightly more difficult trails with the older ones easily. J (age 9) can pretty much bike all of the trails. We recommend Putt-Putt, the Cache Creek Road (not singletrack), The Sidewalk and The Wiggles.
Munger Mountain – Length Varies
South of Jackson, this area is another local place with great singletrack. We haven’t explored the whole mountain yet, but recommend the Wally’s World trail for riding with kids.
Big thanks to Scott Fitzgerald of Buddy Pegs for the fantastic suggestions listed below for biking in the Teton Valley area!
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