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Cottonwood Loop

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Latitude
36.00955977909347
Longitude
-115.43212652206421
Trail Directions
From I-15 in Las Vegas go West on Rte. 160 towards Pahrump to Mi. Marker 17. There is a dirt road off to the left just before the 17 mi. mark. Turn left here and park about 100 yards up the dirt road off to the right. There is a Koisk that contains the trail maps of the area here. This is a NORBA sanctioned race loop with a multitude of cut-offs and variations. Good climbs, tech. stuff and smoooooth singletrack await !!!!
Trail Length
9-13 miles
Trail Level
Unknown
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Las Vegas
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Review Date
December 9, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mcstr ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode this trail last weekend with a guide from Las Vegas Cyclery. What a fun time. The climb up was a killer but the switch backs were a fun break in the climb, then the bomb down 3 mile smile was totally worth the effort put into the climb. Well worth the time.



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Review Date
November 12, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: 45ronin ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I just spent the past two days in Las Vegas for work. After lurking and posting in the Nevada forum requesting a ride crew, I set out on my own to Cottonwood for some good times. Thanks to the good folks at REI in Henderson, I was set straight with a topo and ride intel.

Trail network is excellent. I landed at the trailhead off the 160 (paved parking lot) at approximately 6:00 a.m. an no one was there. Excellent having the first tracks on the trail. Tuesday was spent north of the 160, and today south of the 160. North is way different than what I see in So. Cal. South looks a lot like home trails. South starts with good climb to some fun downhill. The views are worth every crank turn.

North is fast and furious single track, with killer cactus on both sides of the trail. The washes are the only technical sections in the network.

Both north and south trails can eat up a couple hours easy. All are well marked and Nevadans definitely respect their trails. I saw very little refuse, and riders respect the "close trail" signs. Not that California trails are trashy or abused, but the 5+inch bikes can destroy what few trails we have close to urban sprawl. These trails are a trail/XC riders dream.

Next time your heading to Vegas for some fun, pack your bike and spend an hour or so in Cottonwood Canyon. I'll be back, and next time to fully explore these trails.

Recommended Route:
Park off the 160, and ride north if you wan't to knock out a loop with plenty of "extensions." Ride south (under the tunnel) if you wanna climb a bit and see Vegas from a high point.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I'll knock out Bootleg my next time out. Didn't have time and the man kept me working.



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Review Date
April 9, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: mollystocks ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This review is for the Landmine Trail section of Blue Diamond. This was my first time to ride this trail. Two days ago I rode it the CCW direction. By the time I was passed by the 7th person going in the other direction it occurred to me that I may have chosen the wrong direction, that and the 1/2 mile or so slog up a gentle grade of sand. Today I rode the trail in the CW direction and the sand was no problem and trail was really fun. If you don't have much time and want to get a ride in this place works. I am here on business and fit some riding in. The trail is rocky in a few parts but is flows nice. The few steep uphill sections are short and climbable if you know they are coming. If you are running tubes I recommend bumping up your air pressure to avoid pinch flats, I blew out my back tire on a small drop. The wild burros add to the fun. There is a lot of easy riding out there if you are tired of the smoke filled casinos and the high priced entertainment on the strip.

Recommended Route:
Landmine Trail in the CW direction.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I don't know, I am not from here.



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Review Date
June 26, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: xsxc ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The Dead Horse loop took my bicycling ass to heaven, hell (up Satan's Escalator)-LITERRALY THE NAME OF THE CARVING RED DIRT FACE LYING TO YOUR RIGHT OUT THERE SOMEWHERE. I felt the wind and rode with it till the swooping panaoramic downhill that lasts longer than any other good time to be had in the city of SIN. Careful on the trail, bring lots of water and sunscreen as it was isolated and all human activity out there in mid-May ceased- not a soul to step into my flow. Enjoyed thouroughly- I gotta see more of these trails- I bought a map at red rock cycles and it named 4 other 7-50 mile routes varying hugely in distance, but all fun and huge in scope of sightlines to vegas and the desert lets you see for miles. Next time I wanna ride Bonnie and Clyde! (50 miler running on mostly singletrack on the eastern side of the red rock area west of vegas.

Recommended Route:
From Strip: S. to Westbound 160 and out until foothills and gas station is your last sight on the left- actually, keep going up the hill for a while- most people on here refer to mile 17- I don't know honestly- i think if you look left after passing the last bit of humanity, 2-3 minutes later, on your left, is a small structure and a gravel jeeproad you make a left onto to arrive in a fair sized gravel parking area with the restroom handy and maps of the area on a signboard with a teeny tiny bit of shade underneath(the Last)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bonnie and Clyde/Dinosaur Teeth



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Review Date
May 16, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mudmanmike ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
One wouldn't think that there are some really great rides 30 minutes from the strip. Well these trails are just simply awesome. The trail flows with hardly anything really challenging. Good flow. Easy to get around the entire network of trails. We just slapped together a ride loop on the north side of Hwy 160. Great desert riding for all skill levels. Just watch out for the catus trees, they are everywhere north of 160. The trail surface can be a bit slick form the dry sand, and rock pebbles. I found it very challenging when moving fast. There is a trail that does wind it's way up the backside of a cliff that overlooks Blue Diamond. We never managed to try it out. It looked very techy. The ride back up to the parking lot was a little difficult due to the somewhat loose sandy soil in spots. Even though it got the lungs and legs moving, it was a very scenic ride back to the car. The south portion of the trail is a much longer loop. These have different names than cottonwood or mustang trails. Pick up a map at the local shop for a better indication of flowing loops and locations. Overall a must ride even if your in Vegas for a day.

Recommended Route:
We traveled west of the parking lot and followed a single track that parralled 160. Then take the second trail to the right. Follow the single track straight until it dumps you onto a jeep road (you will cross this road several times). Then take a left down into a wash and keep riding. Then you end up at the base of a mountain hill. Take a right and follow the single track along the base of the mountain. Keep riding the trail that follows the base of the mountain and then you end up south of the parking lot near 160. Then there are some choices for an out and back or continue right and follow the trail back to the car. There will a couple of trails that bare off to teh right, these take you back to an earlier portion of the loop. There are signs in spots that tell you which way the trail head is located.

The Blue Diamond road that you take off of I-15 is currently being widen for all the traffic and businesses. It should take only 20 minutes from the heart of the strip, but we found that it took 45 minutes in rush hour traffic (3pm to 5pm). Lots of unsequenced lights and a 2 lane road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bonnie and Clyde
Cottonwood area south of 160
Dinasaur Teeth
Mustang Trails



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