The source for original bikepacking routes, guides, and dirt touring itineraries from off the beaten path. Routes are mapped and chronicled by a core group of experienced route designers and a thriving group of contributors from around the world. Explore the map below and scroll down for recently posted routes and information about other route building initiatives.
- All Routes
- BPC Route Network
Since 2014, we’ve been building, establishing, sharing, and maintaining high qulity bikepacking routes around the world. We now have over 130,000 km (82,000 miles) worth of routes in nearly 50 countries. Find the full route network below (other than overnighters), including race routes, contributed routes, and our routes. If you wish to view these as a list, you can sort by location or route length. Have a route to contribute? Share your submission.
We are looking for the best quality bikepacking routes to inspire and enable people to get out and explore the world in a sustainable way, on two wheels. If you have a route you'd highly recommend, read the requirements below and fill out this form. If selected, we’ll need a detailed guide of the route, including highlights, details, logistical info, high quality photos, and a GPX track.
- GRAVEL, SINGLETRACK, OR FAT BIKE routes are acceptable, but routes should be comprised of at least 50% unpaved surfaces, give or take. We prefer routes which consist of over 75% off pavement surfaces. Any surfaced roads should be free from major traffic. Use greenways, cycle-specific paths, and dedicated bike lanes.
- KEEP IT LEGAL. It goes without saying that every route we publish must be entirely legally accessible. Each and every road and trail must allow bicycles. Keep the same in mind for campsites too.
- POINTS OF INTEREST (POIs). Make sure your route has documentation of exact coordinates for feature locations. Include places and areas of cultural and indiginous importance/significance, water refills, resupply, geographical features, scenic viewpoints, local eateries and pubs, and more. The final route should have a handful of useful POIs noted on the map.
- A GOOD ROUTE HAS A NICE RHYTHM of surfaces. Keep in mind the ratio of singletrack and gravel, or dirt and tarmac. Also, space out the suffering to reward ratio.
- GOOD CAMPSITES or lodging options are a must for a worthy bikepacking route and are best placed where it will be natural and fitting to end a day’s ride. Having these types of milestones helps balance the route.
- CONSIDER WHERE IT STARTS AND ENDS. Making a loop from a safe starting point is always a good idea. You should also consider starting it at a landmark, bike shop, place of historical significance, and/or area with a good place to leave a vehicle. If your route is linear in nature, think about ways of making it accessible via public transportation, or have good spots to park cars for a shuttle.
- PUBLIC LANDS AND CONSERVATION. Make a special point to highlight the places and lands on the route that are threatened, in need of protection, and should be preserved. We place a special importance on using bikepacking as a vehicle for conservation projects and awareness.
- ROUTE PHOTOGRAPHY. Inspiring, high-quality photography is important to us at BIKEPACKING.com. Your route needs to include photos taken on a decent camera (a step above a mobile phone). Photos should cover several aspects of the route including trail shots, riding shots, camping photos, landscapes, and other interesting details (see below for specifics). Every route should have 25-50 photos.
The Bikepacking Collective Route Network is our established collection of original and exceptional bikepacking routes designed by our team of experienced Route Architects or skilled contributors from the community. New Bikepacking Collective Routes are partially funded and supported by the Bikepacking Collective, our member community. As we update and refine some of our popular published routes, we'll induct them into the network, along with other distinguished rides. We’ll also be strengthening these routes through our forthcoming Route Stewards program. Become a Bikepacking Collective member to help support this effort.
A short bikepacking overnighter can be just as rewarding and restorative as a big trip. The Local Overnighters Project is a unified effort to map and gather overnighters all over the world—by locals who know their own backyards best. Explore the map below or click here for more information about the project, or to submit your own Local Overnighter.
Our core group of Route Architects is made up of passionate, skilled individuals who are largely responsible for the Bikepacking Collective Routes network or have larger routes in the works. Each is experienced in bikepacking route design, active in community advocacy, and proficient in route documentation.
Route Scouts Wanted
We started the Route Scouts program back in 2017 to foster community involvement and harness on-the-ground and local expertise for route documentation and planning. In addition, we’re currently implementing a deeper Route Stewards program for several of our more significant routes.
As public lands shrink, land rights change, and roads are paved, bikepacking routes must adapt and our community must be vigilant. Learn more about each initiative and get involved by signing up below. You’ll receive route updates and information about our new route initiatives and opportunities as they arise. We have a number of large-scale projects in the works, in addition to modifications and action needed on existing routes, so be sure to get on the mailing list to stay up to date.
- Route Scouts
- Route Stewards
Route Scouts may be notified during the scouting phase of new routes, or if issues arise as a result of land or trail closures on established routes. Scouting missions often include one or more of the following tasks:
- Gathering points of interest or resupply data;
- Checking trail closures or land-use issues;
- Identifying workarounds due to such closures or prosperity issues;
- Providing feedback on the quality or flow of a particular route or segment.
Some routes require more attention and input than others. We are depending on individuals from the bikepacking community within these corridors for help. Although each route is different, these are the general roles that may be expected of Route Stewards:
- Participate in scouting and refining parts of the route, particularly those local to you;
- Provide feedback on the overall vision and communication of the route;
- Contribute local insight for area highlights, relevant businesses, places and areas of cultural and indiginous importance/significance, and other places of interest;
- Maintain awareness and provide input for developing land-use issues, trail and advocacy projects, and new cycling-related initiatives in the area;
- Represent the route locally when possible, and gather feedback from the community to help shape and evolve the route;
- Get the community involved; this could take one of several forms, depending on your commitment—group rides, fundraising, business support, etc.