Loppet Trail Kids

Mountain Bike Programs


Trail Kids Mountain Bike Programs are part of the Loppet Foundation’s Trail Kids year-round programming

Trail Kids offers three sessions of six-week mountain bike programs for novice to advanced riders. Participants ages 7-13 will explore single-track trails while gaining skills they can use for a lifetime (for programming for 13 and older, check out LCW Juniors programs)! The focus of the mountain bike program is to have fun, meet new friends, and build confidence riding the single track trails.

Female-identifying, trans, and nonbinary youth seeking to ride only with others identifying as female, trans, or nonbinary can sign up for our Girls Rock Mountain Bike Program. *Nonbinary and trans participants are welcome to join any offering in which they feel most comfortable. Participants ages 13 – 18 years old can join the Loppet Cycle Works Juniors program.

Those who have no experience mountain biking on singletrack trails should take one of our Beginner Mountain Bike Clinics before taking one of the six-week evening sessions

What can your child expect at a Trail Kids Mountain Bike Program? Watch the Trail Kids Mountain Bike News Video to learn more.

Registration based on ability: All Trail Kids who attend the program must be able to ride their bikes safely on paved paths. When registering your child make sure to indicate their ability level as described in the Mountain Bike Ability Registration Guide.

During practice sessions, participants will be coached by trained Loppet coaches on a variety of mountain bike skills so they can become safe and confident riders. Fundamental Skills include:

  • Ready/neutral position for descending hills
  • Side/Side bike body separation
  • Pedaling/shifting efficiently
  • Controlling speed and braking safely
  • Cornering confidently
  • Handling obstacles and rocky terrain
  • Riding with vision
  • Ratcheting


Participants new to Trail Kids need to attend a Skills Assessment if they have not attended a Trail Kids Beginner Clinic prior to a 6-week session. Skills Assessments are conducted the week prior to the 6-week session starts. Over the course of the 6-week session coaches observe and evaluate participants ability levels based on the Trail Kids MTB Skill Level Guide.

Ages/Ability: Ages 7 – 13, beginner to advanced abilities welcome; we split into different coaching groups based on ability, fitness, and age (for programming for 13 and older, check out LCW Juniors programs). We do not have programs for kids 6 years of age and under, so please do not register them until they turn seven years old. If your child has good biking skills and is mature enough we may consider them to start early, but you must contact the program director first at trailkids@loppet.org.

Equipment Needed: Participants will need their own mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier to participate. We do not provide rental bikes for our six week sessions. Bikes need to have front and back wheel brakes on the handle bars (no peddle brakes or kickstands allowed). Tires must have tread and be wide enough to ride safely on mountain bike trails. For more on mountain bike equipment, view the Trail Kids MTB Equipment Guide.

Friend Requests: For safety and equity reasons, Trail Kids does not offer friend requests as part of registration. The mass quantity of friend requests made it impossible to accommodate them all and greatly impacted safety and group dynamics. We would love to allow everyone to practice with their friends, but if we cannot accommodate all friend requests, we cannot offer them to everyone. We encourage riders to embrace the opportunity to form new friendships through our programs!

Trail Kids Adventure Mountain Bike Race Series: Participants will get a chance to partake in one of the Adventure Mountain Bike Races that are offered as part of our Trail Kids program. There will be one race scheduled for each of the three sessions scheduled during a normally scheduled practice. Participants will race in their coaching groups at different start times throughout the evening.

Mountain Bike Session 1 – Monday/Wednesday – Registration Closed

  • Coed or Girls Rock offerings available!
  • Dates: May 9 – June 15, 2022 (no practice Memorial Day)
  • Days/Time: Mondays and Wednesdays 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags east of the Trailhead)
  • Cost: $260
  • Equipment needed: Mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier *must meet guidelines in the Trail Kids MTB Equipment Guide

Mountain Bike Session 1 – Tuesday/Thursday – Registration Closed

  • Coed or Girls Rock offerings available!
  • Dates: May 10 – June 16, 2022
  • Days/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags east of the Trailhead)
  • Cost: $260
  • Equipment needed: Mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier *must meet guidelines in the Trail Kids MTB Equipment Guide

Mountain Bike Session 2 – Monday/Wednesday – Registration Closed

  • Coed or Girls Rock offerings available!
  • Dates: June 27 – August 10, 2022 (no practice the week of July 4-8)
  • Days/Time: Mondays and Wednesdays 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags east of the Trailhead)
  • Cost: $260
  • Equipment needed: Mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier *must meet guidelines in the Trail Kids MTB Equipment Guide

Mountain Bike Session 2 – Tuesday/Thursday – Registration Closed

  • Coed or Girls Rock offerings available!
  • Dates: June 28 – August 11, 2022 (no practice the week of July 4-8)
  • Days/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags east of the Trailhead)
  • Cost: $260
  • Equipment needed: Mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier *must meet guidelines in the Trail Kids MTB Equipment Guide

Mountain Bike Session 3 – Monday/Wednesday – Registration Closed

  • Dates: August 22 – September 28, 2022 (no practice on Labor Day)
  • Days/Time: Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30 PM – 7 PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags east of the Trailhead)
  • Cost: $260
  • Equipment needed: Mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier *must meet guidelines in the Trail Kids MTB Equipment Guide

Mountain Bike Session 3 – Tuesday/Thursday – Registration Closed

  • Dates: August 23 – September 29, 2022
  • Days/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 PM – 7 PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags east of the Trailhead)
  • Cost: $260
  • Equipment needed: Mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier *must meet guidelines in the Trail Kids MTB Equipment Guide

Mountain Bike Session 3 – Sunday Early – Registration Closed

  • Dates: September 11 – October 16, 2022
  • Days/Time: Sundays 2 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags east of the Trailhead)
  • Cost: $135
  • Equipment needed: Mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier *must meet guidelines in the Trail Kids MTB Equipment Guide

Mountain Bike Session 3 – Sunday Late – Registration Closed

  • Dates: September 11 – October 16, 2022
  • Days/Time: Sundays 4 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Where: The Trailhead (meet at team flags east of the Trailhead)
  • Cost: $135
  • Equipment needed: Mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier *must meet guidelines in the Trail Kids MTB Equipment Guide

Mountain Bike Session 1 – Monday/Wednesday – Registration Closed

Mountain Bike Session 2 – Monday/Wednesday – Registration Closed

  • Dates: June 27 – August 10, 2022 (no practice the week of July 4-8)
  • Days/Time: Mondays and Wednesdays 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Where: Elm Creek Singletrack Trailhead (meet at team flags)
  • Equipment needed: Mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier *must meet guidelines in the Trail Kids MTB Equipment Guide

Mountain Bike Session 1 – Tuesday/Thursday – Registration Closed

  • Dates: May 10 – June 16, 2022
  • Days/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Where: Ridge Cliff Park (meet at team flags)
  • Equipment needed: Mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier *must meet guidelines in the Trail Kids MTB Equipment Guide

Mountain Bike Session 2 – Tuesday/Thursday – Registration Closed

  • Dates: June 28 – August 11, 2022 (no practice the week of July 4-8)
  • Days/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Where: Ridge Cliff Park (meet at team flags)
  • Equipment needed: Mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier *must meet guidelines in the Trail Kids MTB Equipment Guide

Mountain Bike Session 1 – Tuesday/Thursday – Registration Closed

Mountain Bike Session 2 – Tuesday/Thursday – Registration Closed

  • Dates: June 28 – August 11, 2022 (no practice the week of July 4-8)
  • Days/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Where: Monarch Singletrack Parking Lot (meet at team flags)
  • Equipment needed: Mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle carrier *must meet guidelines in the Trail Kids MTB Equipment Guide

Financial Assistance and Sibling Discounts

Financial Assistance: Trail Kids provides financial assistance for those in need, up to 100% of the registration cost. To apply, please fill out our Trail Kids Financial Aid Assistance Form. We will follow up with you with instructions on how to register at a price that is manageable for your family. For information about Trail Kids Program scholarships email trailkids@loppet.org

Sibling Discount: For those families who have three or more participants in the program we will given a fifteen percent discount code. Please email trailkids@loppet.org for more information.

Refund Policy

The Loppet will issue a full refund of the program fee minus a $40.00 processing fee up until one month before the program starts. There are no refunds for any cancellations within one month of the start of a program. During the program, if your child has a medical issue that makes it impossible to participate, we will issue a prorated refund minus $40.00 processing fee. If the Loppet cancels a program, a full refund will be issued.

A Note About the Data We Collect

The Trail Kids Adventure Mountain Bike Race Series is part of the Loppet Foundation’s Trail Kids year-round programming. The race series is included in the program registration fee for the Wirth location only.

Our Trail Adults program was developed around our Trail Kids program, but it is for adults only. This program is offered at the same time and location as our Trail Kids programs, so you can drop off your child then go and join your Trail Adults team. We will teach you the same skills and games your kids are learning in Trail Kids. This program is not limited to those of you with kids in Trail Kids.

All registered Trail Kids families will receive a 15 percent discount code to be used for the adult mountain bike skills session. A code will be emailed to all families following the session registration. Click here for more information on these Trail Adult Programs!

For more information or questions about our summer programs contact the program director at trailkids@loppet.org.