Head east out from the bike shop to trail and start climbing, grannygear is gonna get a workout, the climb is only about 3/4 of a mile, but you climb 800 to 1000 ft in that short distance, when you get to the top you can look back down at the town of Blue Diamond, from there its all singletrack winding its way back down the back side of the hurl, no siteseeing on this trail, you want to pay attention, cause if you go down its gonna hurt. Great tight, technical singletrack all the way down to the bottom.
Summary: Well, I thought I'd offer a fresh review of The Hurl. I like this trail a lot. By itself, it's not that long, but it's a good'n. I've ridden it both directions. I'd probably prefer going up and back down on the Cottonwood side, but coming from Blue Diamond, it's good to make a loop of it by climbing up the canyon and dropping down the Cottonwood side.
The other day I rode up the canyon, down The Hurl, and then beared right all the way around the mountain back to Blue Diamond. Then I rode back up the canyon and down The Hurl again. Very enjoyable. I don't know the name of that trail that goes all the way around the mountain, but I wouldn't want to ride it CCW; too much uphill sand. Going CW, the sand was all on the downhills and not a big deal at all, and the last couple of downhill miles were great fun.
Recommended Route: From Blue Diamond, head south to the Cottonwood trails. After you leave the asphalt, go through a large wash and take the first trail to the right; up the canyon. Stay on the trail, veering right/straight at intersections; however, where you cross over the wash take the left trail (a line of rocks kind of indicates this) to avoid a short hike-a-bike. Farther up, there are at least two sections that are too steep and loose to ride; one of these is somewhat long, about 80 yards. But after that it's all rideable to the top. A little before the top there are some sweet views overlooking BD and the cool mountains that the Cowboy Trails are on.
From Bike Outpost my computer logged 1.7 miles to the top. That took me about 40 minutes. From there it's 2 miles of sweet, twisty, rocky downs. It took me 20 minutes to decend back to the main trail to Cottonwood/BD; very fun. From there it's a little over 1 mile back to BD to make for a short ride, but head west and north, veering always right to go around the mtn back to BD; about 5 miles back to BD. Do the Hurl loop again for a sweet 15-miler.
My rating is for the 15-miler.
Review Date October 18, 2003
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Aerobic Difficulty 4 of 5
Technical Difficulty 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Reviewed by: gravityfreak
Cross Country Rider
Summary: Las Vegas, Redrock New trail system.
miles of gnarly technical single track, Ive been riding in Vegas for 10 years and this is one of the best trail sysems, equal to bootleg, for x country.
Recommended Route: Head west on Charlston toward Bluediamond. Park at the horse back riding corrals about a half mile past and across the road from the Redrock scenic loop/visitor center
Other recommended trails in the same area: Bootleg canyon, blue diamond, Cotton wood
Review Date December 29, 2002
Overall Rating 3 of 5
Ridden Trail: Every few months
Reviewed by: Joel Rogers
, from All over...
Summary: Lots of technical sections. I rode a race there back in 90-something, and made the mistake of going clipless the day before...wrong move on my part. I rode this trail in the snow once...you've never seen beauty until you've seen Red Rock Canyon snow-topped. It was so cold, my camelbak hose froze...anyway. Good trail and good memories... Ride On...
Recommended Route: You pick which route is best for you...lots of options here.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Cottonwood Valley. Blue Diamond is a good place to ride when you get bored with Cottonwood Valley.
Review Date May 24, 2001
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a month
Reviewed by: Mike D
, from LV
Summary: Follow the trail up a short jeep road. The trail curves around a hill, stay on the right. After the 2nd hill you go up take your first right, this fork will be before you are out in the open flats. The trail leads you right up the backside of the hill and is the only trail over the top. Lots of exposed rock along the switchbacks. The trial works it's way up the hill to a nice cruise along the ridge where you'll have a great view of the surroundings including Blue Diamond. The trail then plummets into a steep & awesome flight down the hill and right back to town. Not a beginners trail, unless you just feel the need to bleed. If you go off the trail you will be gettin cozy with either a barrel cactus, jagged rocks, or a long fall. As always bring plenty of water. If you dont mind a climb, and love the downhill ride then this is your trail.
Recommended Route: Park at the bike shop in Blue Diamond. Follow the road above the shop for about 2 blocks to the start of the trail.
Review Date May 16, 2001
Overall Rating 3 of 5
Ridden Trail: Please Select
Reviewed by: McDogg
, from Las Vegas
Summary: This is a good ride if you yearn to burn. I went up the Blue Diamond side, it was steep. Did a little "hike a bike" at a few spots. Once at the top you have a great view of B.D.and the surrounding valley trails. Try riding it backwards so you come downhill into B.D. Overall a short sweet ride!