Independence Day will bring additional freedom to mountain bikers at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.
Lift-accessed mountain biking opens at the South Shore area resort July 4 and continues on Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 31.
The resort’s bike network features 24 trails in the valley, 11 in the mountain bike park, 11.5 miles of single track, log rides, terrain features and a pump track, according to the resort’s website.
“Building the Sentinels Trail really opened up the All Mountain trail riding opportunities here at Kirkwood, allowing you to access a vast trail network beyond,” according to a blog post by resort Health and Safety Manager Ricky Newberry. “Now you can ride the lifts on weekends and lap the The Whiskey Shots and the Vista Trail through Devils Corral, then light out on the Robey Wolfe Trail to Dangberg to Sentinels Trail up and out of the Valley. This is one of my favorite enchainment of trails as it provides a true all mountain experience.”
Full-day, adult lift tickets for the mountain bike park cost $38, with half day and teen tickets costing $27 and $28, respectively.
Hikers looking to get a lift-assisted leg up on their journeys can also ride Chairlift 1 and Chairlift 2 for $15 while the resort is in summer operations.
Lifts run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Aug. 31.
The opening of the mountain bike park kicks off summer operations at the resort. The Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department will also hold its BBQ, Wine/Beer Tasting and Auction on Saturday, July 5. The event includes food, music, an auction and activities for the kids all in the resort’s village. Tickets for the event are $45 for adults, with discounted tickets available for young adults and children. More information is available at www.kmpud.com.