Bootleg Canyon MTB Park - TRAIL

Bootleg Canyon MTB Park - Trail, Boulder City, Bikeparks

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User Reviews (31)

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wlindsay   Weekend Warrior [May 01, 2011]

Very Technical terrain. If you want to test your all mountain skills this is a great place. Not much fun let it ride terrain but if you want to test your game this is a great option. XC riding was somewhat limited so if that's what you're looking for try Cottonwood valley. Rented from All Mountain Cycle within riding distance from the trail head. Bikes were in good shape and sell suited for the area. Everything worked well and I had no problems. Water and restrooms at the TH.

Customer Service

Start up Girl Scout to Boy Scout to get to the top. If your not a DH guy do the Caldera and try West leg or Mother on the way back. Also the XC loops across the DH trails was also fun. Test the Terrain Park before you go also.

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5
VALUE
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5
Fuel53   Cross Country Rider [Feb 03, 2010]

I did two days of riding there, rented a Nomad the first day and a Demo 7 on the second from All Mountain Cyclery. The guys working there were nice, I had no problems with them. The rental bike were really beat up, I know they were selling them so the must have a full years use on them with lots of crashes, the tires were very worn down. I have been riding XC for over 20 years and always wanted to try DH/AM riding. There are many very steep and technical sections on the DH runs. The rocks are super sharp so learning to DH here may not be the best place. A local guy named Andy, I think, showed me some good lines and gave me some good advice. After a few scouting runs I was able to make it down Snakeback to Reaper without dabbing a foot. The trail map on line or in the store is woefully inadequate. the trail signs are very poorly marked if at all, wasted one run getting lost on impossibly steep Ginger trail. It was a huge confidence boost to ride these trails. The low BB on the demo 7 caused my feet to contact the many huge rocks on the trail and led to one crash. The XC was great, the nomad was a bit much travel for that, but it did great on the DH. I would definetly come back and rent again from AMC.

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5
VALUE
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4
Spec Epic   Cross Country Rider [Dec 05, 2009]

I have been riding the IMBA Epic trails. So Bootleg was up next. I am not a downhill rider. So as far as the XC trails, they were fun. Best is the USA,, Not so sure. It was small packed rocks. Dry and dusty. I rented a bike from All Mountain Cyclery. DO NOT RENT FROM All Mountain Cyclery. These guys took the good components off the Stumpjumper I rented. I called ahead for my bike. I got there and it had a flat, did not have the pedals I had requested. Was not checked from the day before rental. After the mile or so ride to the trails, I only got to ride IMBA, POW and Par None. These were easy trails, but a good warm up. After hitting the Mother trail, the cheap replacement derailleur and chain broke. When I got back to the shop, I stood in line with other renters with broken bikes. Not sure what happened, but the guys at AMC accused me of crashing. Not a scratch on me or the bike. Then they changed their story to I shifted wrong. I asked for my money back when they tried to charge me for the worn out broken cheap a** derailleur. Finally I just left when one of the guys said piss off.
If you go ride bootleg, stay away from All Mountain Cyclery.

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4
VALUE
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3
fatwheelz   Cross Country Rider [May 23, 2008]

Bootleg Canyon, Great Park,I ride a lot of cross country and freeride terrain Not a full on down hiller. Super D style.
Visited the park and rode about 5 trails while I was there for a few hours visiting from vegas.
First don't buy a map from the local bike shop for 8 dollars like I did, there is a map at the common parking lot.
If you want distance just keep doing laps. The cross country trails are like a a outstretched BMX course. very fun but not alot of pedaling.
Some sections on the cross country are technical but all ridable.
The downhill course is no joke, the real deal.
Overall the park is pretty tight, just coming from Sedona where you can ride the whole day on a maze of trails, to doing laps was kinda boring. Meet some locals out at the gazebo but they were not to interested in asking if you wanted to tag along. Just kinda said follow the map.
I would definately come back and do the remaining trails that I missed.Once you get in to BC you will see small signs pointing you to the park. Enjoy.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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3
lordcerv   Downhiller [May 14, 2008]

I used to ride around Cottonwood until I came here for the first time. Now I never go anywhere else in Las Vegas. The DH trails are way way hairy at the beginning but mellow out in the end. There's alot of "just hang on, lean back and pray" sections...so when you come to them..just hang on, lean back and ummm...

If it's your first time. I recommend shuttling up and taking boy scout down to girl scout a few times. If hitting the drop offs on these trails is easy to you.....the ones in the DH section are only about ten times tougher....so good luck with that.

On a positive note, everytime you show up here you'll get better and eventually won't give a second thought to that 30 foot rocky cliff dropoff you're heading towards at 20 mph into a hairpin turn on 45 degree off camber pitch around a huge boulder. Seriously.

Customer Service

To start: Boyscout to Girlscout
Next: Boyscout to West Leg
Then: Snakeback to the pavillion (hang on tight at the end because you'll be headed into rolling hills that launch you into the next 30 foot dip.)
Finally: Snakeback to Reaper and anything else. Summer months the dirt gets really loose and it's easy to slide out doing 30 mph.

Similar Products Used: Hurl at Cottonwood, Boneshaker at Cowboy Trails
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
mild beast   Downhiller [Apr 03, 2008]

i rode BC 2 consecutive days.

the trails are great. whoever thot these up and made them has excellent vision. the lines are wonderful. perfect.

my only beef is that the shuttles does NOT go to the top of the mtn (only matters if you want to do the DH trails). you are looking at a 15+ minute slog to the top. it's an all push event on a DH bike. no shade. it detracts from the overall experience in 2 ways:
1 - it takes / wastes time
2 - it takes a bit of juice out of you

both those combine to give you fewer runs.

the DH trails start out on rugged rocky terrain. technical stuff. the ratings are good. if you've ridden mammoth, add 1 diamond to those ratings (i.e., a single black at BC is like a double at Mammoth).

after the initial part of the mtn, the trails turn into amazing flowing lines. just maching speed. some of the trails end up in a killer jump park. the locals did a great job on this. some of the gaps have excellent concrete work done on them.

locals are friendly and helpful.

the shuttle is pretty decent and priced properly. you may think $5 is a bit steep for the ride up, but remember, you'd be driving down as well if it were your car doing the shuttling.

Similar Products Used: Stay at the Hacienda Hotel & Casino. it's a short drive from BC and you can check out the amazing "multi use" drainage ditch that runs for like 2 miles. killer stuff.

oh yeah.. $2 Black Jack tables, for those of you that like losing money and drinking for "free".
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RATING
4
VALUE
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3
Tim   Weekend Warrior [Apr 24, 2007]

The trails are well marked and well groomed. The shuttle ride will take you up to a dr op off point for just $20/day. However, if you want to do the downhill trails you still have to hike-a-bike another 500 yards straight up the side of the mountain which is a pain.

The locals are very friendly there and were helpful. If you are going to do the downhill trails I highly recommend you get with one of the pro riders who is out there or a local. There are a lot of areas that are tough to ride and if you have to pick you way down the hill it won't be much fun at all the first day.

I rode all of the cross country trails and a couple of the downhills on a rental bike from All Mountain Cyclery. Jeff was there and did a great job even though he was by himself. Thier equipment was a little worn out but made do just fine. I think they were getting ready to upgrade thier rental fleet.

On the second day the wind was nasty there and according to the locals it often is. I recommend staying at home if the wind gets above 20mpr. I nearly got blown, literally off the side of the canyon becuase of a gusty updraft........... but, hey that's biking.

On the whole we had a great trip and had a lot of fun. Nobody got injured and we will definitely go back again soon. For the cost it is one of the easiest to get to trails out there. It is also nice that the rental shop is only 5 blocks from the trailhead.

Customer Service

Start out with Boyscout and the West Leg. If that doesn't challenge you at all then move up to Skyline and go down East Leg.

If you still are not challenged then go up and try Snakeback, but I recommend asking one of the local or pro-riders to go down in front of you. There are some knarly areas you could easily get messed up bad on.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
NMPhi767   Weekend Warrior [Sep 21, 2005]

This is a great place for all mountain bikers. It has trails that cover all abilities. Alot of it is off camber which I hate but I guess I need to learn to ride that way. I have ridden all of the cross country trails and they are all great. The off camber pitch and steep terrain does not allow for many errors so stay focused. As for downhill trails, I have only tried Snakeback and Diva on my single crown Zokie All Mountain SL. I snapped my front axle on snakeback once. I guess I should switch to a through axle for that kind of stuff. None the less, they were a blast and give you your adrenaline fix for the day. Thanks Brent Thompson and Boulder City Parks Department!

Customer Service

Beginner - Girlscout to Boyscout with some Caldera in between if you want to add some mileage. Head back down Boyscout and if you want more challenge try west leg the rest of the way down after boyscout ends or just head down girlscout. More advanced trailriders will enjoy the climb up West Leg and Boyscout. Come down Skyline and East Leg for some exciting technical descending without all of the downhill craziness. Try all of the trails. They all rock!

Similar Products Used: I am still exploring Las Vegas area trails. Nothing so far has come close to BC. I have high hopes for the Cowboy Trails. We'll see.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
overkillphil   Downhiller [Mar 25, 2005]

Bootleg Canyon is a sweet mountain bike park. It offers challenging trails for all riders, from crosscountry to downhillers, even dirt jumpers(the dirt jumps have concreted lips). In addition all levels of trails are present for crosscountry from novice like Girlscout to blackdiamond(expert only)like Skyline,and for downhillers there are trails for beginners like Lower Snakeback to triple blackdiamond like Ginger. The restroom/showers are first rate and parking is plentiful. Best of all... IT'S FREE!!! It's a CITY PARK. The local bike shop All Mountain Cycle is at the bottom of the hill and the staff is helpful with repairs as well as trail tips. Where else can you skip the snow and ride all winter. For info... check the website @ Bootlegcanyon.org (the address has changed due to some domain issues)

Customer Service

Try Snakeback or Armageddon to start(single black diamond), then if you feel up to, it give Ona Lee or Kavorkian a try. Keep your tire pressure low for traction and your bottom bracket high(lots of exposed lava rock). The downhill trails are purpose built to keep the speeds under 35mph while keeping them challenging.

Similar Products Used: Try Elevater Shaft and the Poopshoot.
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
raulh7814   Cross Country Rider [Dec 12, 2004]

The Snakeback downhill course in Bootleg Canyon is classified as a blue, although I found it quite technical and challenging. The top half of the course is rugged and exposed, the trail is tight and technical. There is a 3/12 foot rock ledge you can go off from with speed. There are other trails that originate from the original Snakeback and are much harder. The bottom half of the Snakeback is not exposed and is not rocky or rugged. It has fast long chutes that end in launches of big air into more chutes. I did not ride any of them, I had enough challenge with Snakeback.

Customer Service

I am a regular cross country rider and enjoy downhill courses occassionally on a 7 inch travel rig. My skill level is between novice and intermediate on the downhill. If you are skilled enough you will have a lot of fun on this trail. I would recommen it for riders that are above a solid intermediate skill on downhill rigs.

Similar Products Used: I would recommend hooking up with the people at the local bike shop All Mountain Cyclery. They gave us a lot of information on the trails and they run a shuttle at dirt cheap prices. They are very flexible when they worked with us and super friendly. If you shuttle with them Jeff might have the time to ride with you. I highly recommend it if you are below the expert level. He can show you how to tame the terrain.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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