The all-new Redline jump trail at the Mt. Bachelor Bike Park is rad. It’s far better than we expected it would be, especially knowing how loose, rocky and sandy the soil at Bachelor can be.
A black diamond, advanced-level jump trail, the Redline trail is reminiscent of the World Class Black Diamond Whistler Trails A-Line and Dirt Merchant. Filled with step up to step down jumps with more than a few step-down drops, it’s the riding experience we’ve been waiting for. Riders have been waiting for the last year with anticipation, concerned and crossing our fingers, hoping the team of Kyle J and Dirt Mechanics would come through.. and they did, meeting and surpassing our expectations.
The finished result was worth the wait – it really does elevate the Bachelor experience to being the destination-worthy bike park we hoped it could/would be.
The trail starts off fairly mellow, with a small wood skills filter to keep inexperienced riders out before they’re ready, quickly getting into a groove, with the first drop that leads into the berm to step up jump we documented the build of last year.
The trail flows great – no pedaling is needed, with the first step up jump launching you up into a nice fadeaway landing. If there is one downside, it’s that depending on the time of day, you’re riding right into the sun; as I usually wear clear lenses on my goggles, I was in for an eyeful of blinding light.
Aside from the drops, (they are mostly rollable and there apparently are go arounds if you slow down to look for them) most of the trail can be ridden at half speed while you sus out the lines, flow and get the feel of the trail.
The trail is well signed, with flags signaling jumps and signage on most of the drops. Even so, the first time I launched off the drop over a garden of rocks, in my head I was yiping “oh shit!”
The trail masterfully drops a ton of elevation quickly, before zipping back up into a step up jump, forcing the riders to stay off the brakes, in order to maintain the neccessary momentum. After stopping to take some photos from this post, I was able to really appreciate the scale of everything. Much of it just feels… big.
I found myself hitting the trail on repeat a number of times before I really felt like I was somewhat comfortable — which is how I like it. A number of sections work far better once you remember the tempo of where and when to slow down, or pump harder.
While some turns definitely had some loose soil, we were so pumped on how well most of the jump faces and berms held their shape. I’m unclear how much maintenance these trails are getting on the daily, but its great to see all the care that has been going into them.
This is my second season supporting the Bachelor Bike Park with a season pass, and I’m glad I did. I can’t wait to get back and ride.
It should be noted, that this is an advanced, high-level trail — the features are all sizeable, and with big-ass jumps come major consequences if things go south. Bike park staff mentioned that trail has been keeping the bike patrol and first responders busy, with a good number of injuries from riders riding above their heads and facing the consequences. Stay safe and pre-ride, re-ride, ride smart and wear that armor and protection.
Bachelor’s fall season runs through October 6th assuming conditions allow.. click here to check the operating schedule and plan your next trip.