Have you ever been to a place that just makes your heart soar? That’s this view right here for me- taken at Kingdom Trails. This is the third year in a row we’ve made a trip and every year we’ve lucked out with the weather and the conditions (see 2014’s trip here). It’s a magical place. This year was the first time we’d gone on a weekend, and the first year we didn’t bring our dog along with us. She loves single track as much as we do, but we wanted to do some epic riding and she’s really happiest in the 6-10 mi range now that she’s a little older, though she has certainly done more!
We always camp at Burke Mountain Campground and I really recommend it. Yes, it’s up a hill which means you need to climb at the end of the day, but it’s a great place. It’s almost entirely filled with cyclists, good price, firewood for sale on site, hot showers, super easy access to the trails. We had an epic fire our second night and had some of the best S’mores ever! Good chocolate is the key, in my opinion. And the best part about starting your day uphill is that you start out going downhill- Burnham Down has tons of bridges but is an epic trail.
We had pretty much planned our route for the first day before we even hit the trails, which really helps at a place as big as Kingdom Trails. We would stop to reference the map to make sure we were going in the right direction, but we didn’t need to figure out what trail we felt like doing next. We wanted to do a massive loop, and boy did we succeed! I think it was just over 30 miles, which in mountain biking is quite a bit. We packed lunch and snacks in our packs and stopped in town in the afternoon to refill our Camelbaks and get an ice cream (Maple Creamies for the win!). The last two hours of our ride were pretty much climbing, so I was really glad for the ice cream calories.
The second day we focused on hitting some favorite trails. Unfortunately, as Kingdom Trails has become more popular, trails like Tap and Die and Troll Stroll have become super rooty and damaged. We did find a new favorite trail though- Piggy Back. We liked it so much we did it twice.
We rode until we couldn’t ride any more, then we grabbed another ice cream before heading back down south. Kingdom Trails is seriously one of my favorite places- just thinking about riding there makes me so happy. Until next year!