When to Go
Plan the Length of Your Trip
The average bikepacking trip should be based around riding between 25-75 miles (40-120 kilometers) per day, depending on the weight of your load, the difficulty of the terrain, weather conditions, and the length of daylight hours. Here is a detailed pace chart directly from the Salsa Bikepacker’s Guide.
Novice Mountain Biker
Avg Speed (mph)
Miles Per Day
Elevation Per Day (feet)
Pace chart from Salsa Cycles The Bikepacker's Guide written by Kaitlyn Boyle and Kurt Refsnider.
Where The Weather Suits You
Riding in the right season can make all the difference between enjoying your tour… and surviving it. Considerations to take into account include seasonal snow and summer thunderstorms in the Rockies, monsoon rain in New Mexico, and baking desert temperatures in southern Arizona. All these factors can thwart your progress at best, and put you in danger at worst. Likewise, plan your overseas trips to ride in sync with the local seasonal weather patterns, and the prevailing wind directions, where possible. They’ll be a lot more enjoyable that way.
Check back soon for a detailed regional weather chart.