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Bristlecone Loop

Average Rating:    (3.29 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

Head up the dirt road. The first three miles are a steady climb. (near the top of the climb is a "out & back" singletrack offshoot. Very very steep, is about 3 miles to signs that say no bikes) take it if you want to explore! Back to the main loop. After the approx. 3 mile climb on the dirt road, it makes one last 20-30 yard butt kicking climb then becomes single track for the trip down Really fun 3 mile descent back to the car. Self explanatory singletrack, (some very technical sections) will lead you down to the Lee Canyon Ski Resort. When you hit the paved road, follow it back to the area you parked in. Watch for hikers when you're barreling down the singletrack, esp. on weekends. This area is a very popular get away from Vegas because it's usually 15-20 degrees cooler on any day. Which means it's very comfortable riding all the time.
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Latitude
36.35052700542763
Longitude
-115.2685546875
Trail Directions
Drive north out of Las Vegas on route 95 for approx. 30-40 minutes. You'll start to see signs for Mt. Charleston. Past it is another turn off to the left that is for Lee Canyon ski resort. Turn left here. A long steady climb up to the base of the mountain (I'm guessing about 15 miles from where you turned off highway 95) The terrain will change from dusty desert to pine trees & cool weather. As you near the ski resort area, just before a sharp left hand turn and a picnic area straight ahead there is a big pull out on your left in front of a big red house/building. Directly across the street from this house is a dirt road which is the start of the Loop. Turn right on this dirt road and in front of you will be a metal gate. There's a parking area to the right the gate. Start climbing.
Trail Length
approx. 6 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Mt.Charleston
   


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Review Date
June 6, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: cdfjr1975 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Have been riding for about a month now and I have to say this ride is intense. I can take the joshua tree slalom at Cottonwood with some speed, but this one gave my brakes a work out. The uphill is just like any other, but the first part of the downhill is right along the edge of the mountain. Pretty scary stuff for a person with a fear of heights. Once you get a bit further down the mountain, you can open it up a little more. There were some sharp turns, which I ran off of one, but nothing so horrible. The ride took me one and a half hours, I'm sure some of the more experienced riders will take the downhills faster. The ultimate plus side was Las Vegas wass 105 degrees and Bristlecone was 75 degrees. I will ride this loop again, only next time I will go earlier and make two passes at it. Please ignore my ratings on the bottom, as I have not had enough rides to really judge.

Recommended Route:
Don't feel qualified yet to recommend a route.



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Review Date
May 24, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: tk421onthemic ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I give this trail high marks because it is the closest forrested alpine biking to Las Vegas. If you're a transplant to LV from greener pastures and you miss weaving through pine trees and rolling over roots, this ride will make you feel at home. It is short, but definately worth the drive. I rode the trail in mid May and it was in very good shape with no mud, but there were a couple of short snow patches.

Recommended Route:
Started up fire road, came down singletrack/pavement to car. Wasn't sure about the legality of the side trail (Bonanza trail?)- I think I saw a 'no bikes' sign at the fork (in May 04), so I stayed away.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bootleg Canyon, Cottonwood Valley, Rocky Gap (Red Rock Canyon)

Best trail within 3 hrs? Gooseberry Mesa, Utah



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Review Date
September 12, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: KRob ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
What a sweet little trail! My only complaint is that it wasn't long enough. The fireroad climb is a nice warmup through tall ponderosa pines with great views. The surface was a little loose in some places, but not bad at all. Of course it had just rained when I rode it, so maybe it's worse when dry, but it's a crushed shale surface so I doubt it changes much. The climb continues for another 200-300 yards once the singletrack begins along a fairly steep side hill. The single track downhill portion is fun, just challenging enough to keep things interesting, and beautiful. It's just not long enough. In fact when I got down to the ski resort, just before dropping down onto the heli pad area, I turned around and climbed back up the singletrack to where it tops out (about a 20 min climb), then did the descent back down the singletrack again. A few roots, a few rocks, two tight, ridable switchbacks, and a nice trail surface. Beautiful views the evening I was up there right after an afternoon rain shower. The setting sun really lit up the cumulus clouds to the east. Spectacular. I recommend it. Not sure why this trail got a bum wrap by a couple reviewers.

Recommended Route:
Start at the parking area across from the red building as described and ascend on the fire road or start near the end of the road (heli-pad) and do an out and back on the singletrack. What I many do next time is start on the single track and continue to the end of the out-and-back spur (Bonanza?) trail the original reviewer described, then retrace back down the singletrack.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Blue Diamond, Bootleg Canyon. Haven't tried Elvis Presta yet. Next trip.



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Review Date
December 29, 2002

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Joel Rogers , from All Over...

Summary:
Good place to escape the summer heat...other than that, go somewhere else.
Lots of sections are sketchy, and very technical. Lots of ruts from posers skidding through the switchbacks, which only makes it worse.
As stated before, its nice to ride on sub 100 degree weather once in a while...but that's about it.

Recommended Route:
You decide for yourself...



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Review Date
March 20, 2001

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Please Select

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1.88 of 5, 8.00 votes

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Reviewed by: StealthBoy , from Henderson, NV

Summary:
If you enjoy causing seriously destructive soil erosion damage to trails, this is your baby. It's a hiking/horseback trail that a few years ago was allowed to become a multiple-abuse bike trail as well. What a shame. Tell ya the truth, as rides go, it just ain't there folks! The very lengthy road segment is a tremendous bore, and the many exposed roots on the short single-track portion allows virtually unlimited opportunities for headers, trail rash, and soil sampling, not to mention crashing into the many hikers that use the trail. Other than the obvious benefits of its elevation during the summer months, the place blows. Better to just do an early morning ride on the Boulder City trails, they're closer and it's a far better riding experience for all levels of riders.

Recommended Route:
not recommended



Comments
Vernon Dozier (10/31/2007)
You aren't rating a trail, you are rating mountain biking's impact on the environment. You don't even own a bike.
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