Parc de Collserola is home to an intricate trail system comprised of gnarly, rugged, ancient singletack that's perfect for mountain biking! In this guidebook, you'll find the best mountain bike rides in Collserola, just outside of Barcelona.Less
The urbanity of downtown Barcelona transitions to the dense undergrowth of Collserola shockingly quick! In a matter of minutes, you can ride from soaring buildings to deep forest solitude. Most of the Collserola mountain range has been designated as a national park, known as Parc de Collserola. Despite being surrounded by cities on all sides, this massive park covers over 8,295 hectares of protected land. You can reach the park by foot, bike, car, funicular, or the metro lines.
While it might not look like much on the map, the Dragon Kahn trail is a ridiculously rad, technical descent! Unlike other trails in Collserola, Dragon Kahn isn't at all steep, which allows you to let off the brakes and focus on playing in the rock gardens and on the massive boulder features. With such a mellow grade, it's surprising that Dragon Kahn is as rocky as it is. You'll encounter a few big rock roll features, optional ledge drops, and all manner of rocky tech.
Antenna -> Pedrera ("Pedrera" for short) is one of the most demanding descents down the front side of the mountain, back toward Barcelona. Thanks to its convenient ending right on the edge of town, this brutally-technical descent is popular with advanced and expert-level local riders.
La Secreta is one of the most technical trails on the mountain! This raucous descent is a technical test piece for local riders. If you can clean this entire trail, that's something to be proud of!
While many of the top descents in Parc de Collserola are eroded, rocky, and brutally-gnarly, a couple of rare gems—such as Sol i Aire—are downright flowy! If you’re looking for a fast, flowy singletrack descent with only a few tough sections, then you need to head to the far side of Collserola to ride this delightful trail!
The Trialera Bonita loop is an upper intermediate ride in the northern end of Parc de Collserola. The main descent down the Trialera is on the easier end of the singletrack trails in Collserola, but don’t expect it to be easy. Anticipate unmarked challenges, rock gardens, and exposed slabs of bedrock.
While Parc de Collserola is filled with uber-rocky enduro descents, if you know where to look, you can find gems of flowy cross country singletrack. This loop anchored by La Muralla China trail follows uncharacteristically smooth singletrack with incredible views from the top of the ridge.
Parc de Collserola is rich with brutally-rocky enduro descents, and this route combination conquers three of the best descents in the region! Exposed, jagged bedrock forms the tread of the ancient, heavily-eroded singletrack. The trails in Collserola have a tendency to drop into deep, eroded troughs at random, then pop back out on top of the soil only to lead to the next trough.