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Loon is now closed for the winter season.

FAQ and Requirements

Here are some rules and guidelines and frequently-asked questions before you ride the downhill mountain biking trails.


What You Need To Ride

  • A helmet is required while riding.
  • Bikes are required to have front suspension.
  • Bikes are required to have front and rear hand brakes.
  • Wheels must be a minimum of 20 inches.
  • Tires wider than 4.75 inches will fit properly within the Bike Clip lift carrier.
  • Direct-Mount and Large (or oversized) fenders may not fit properly within the Bike Clip lift carrier. Use fender test station prior to loading.
  • e-Bikes (with batteries connected) are not allowed on the downhill mountain biking trails or East Ridge Trail Network.



  • Lift-serviced is offered via the Kancamagus 8. The new chairs feature Doppelmayr’s Bike Clip carriers, making loading and unloading your as easy as 1, 2, 3. Learn more about the bike carriers.

  • Due to National Forest Service regulations, electric-powered bikes are not allowed on our downhill mountain biking or cross-country trails. If you have an e-Bike and would like to ride these trails, your battery must be disconnected from the bike.

  • Uphill access via Brookway, Link and Grand Junction to the top of Kancamagus lift is permitted with a valid downhill mountain biking ticket or season pass.

  • Coming soon! We're in Phase II of a multi-phase plan, with freeride and technical trails for more advanced riders slated for Phase III and beyond. Check out our latest update on trail progress.

  • Yes! Whether you'd like to ride downhill, cross-country, or bike through town, we have a variety of options available.

    See Bike Rentals

  • Yes, helmets are required while biking the downhill trails.  A full-face helmet is highly recommended.  

  • Looking for lunch? Ride the Gondola (included with your lift ticket) to the top of Loon Peak for lunch at the Summit Café. Bikes aren't allowed on the Gondola, so you'll have to leave it at the base. Food and drinks are also available at the Governor Adams Lodge. 

  • You bet! Downhill mountain biking is included for all current Access Pass holders. To ride:

    1. Log into your account
    2. Read and sign waiver 
    3. Call to verify that your RFID pass is ready to go directly to the lift: 603-745-6281 x5400
  • The terrain on the upper half of the mountain is extremely rocky and doesn't lend itself well to trail construction. The geography of the lower portion of the mountain is ideally suited to building the kind of high-quality flow trails we have planned.

  • We like to say that anybody can mountain bike, but we recommend a baseline fitness level. Gravity may be doing a lot of work but you'd be surprised just how much you work! 

  • Yes! We have beginner lessons available through our Mountain Biking Center. Learn more about the Your Turn package.

  • Closed-toed athletic shoes or light hiking boots with a good tread are required. For men, we suggest long shorts, and a long sleeve top, preferably made from athletic material.

    For women, leggings or long shorts and a long sleeve or ¾ length athletic shirt.

    No matter what, as long as you're comfortable and have free movement, you'll be ready to hit the trails! 

  • Glasses or goggles with clear or yellow lenses are preferred for trail riding, it can be dark in the woods.