Cottonwood Loop - TRAIL

Cottonwood Loop - Trail, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Mcstr   Weekend Warrior [Dec 09, 2009]

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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5
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4
45ronin   Cross Country Rider [Nov 12, 2009]

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used: I'll knock out Bootleg my next time out. Didn't have time and the man kept me working.
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4
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3
mollystocks   Weekend Warrior [Apr 09, 2009]

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.

Customer Service

Landmine Trail in the CW direction.

Similar Products Used: I don't know, I am not from here.
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4
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2
xsxc   Cross Country Rider [Jun 26, 2008]

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.

Customer Service

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)

Similar Products Used: Bonnie and Clyde/Dinosaur Teeth
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5
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4
Chris   Weekend Warrior [May 17, 2008]

We rode Deadhorse Loop. Instead of parking on the south side, we parked on the north side of the highway and biked through the lower tunnel to the south side. Adds a little distance to ride. We just happened to ride in mid-May & the flowers were spectacular. 90 degrees, dry, 4600 ft in altitude, so the climate was superb. Deadhorse loop took us 4 hours, but we rode the full loop & started on the north side of hwy. We may have even gotten off the loop too far west, but it worked well. Good trails with lots of climbing early so the ride back is lots of fun downhill. Not technically difficult but if you do go down, you have cactus on both sides of the trail quite frequently so it can be dicey. Bootleg Canyon to the east is much more technical if that's your gig. Overall I really liked the ride. 4 hours wore me out, the flora was great, spectacular views of Vegas, technical enough for an infrequent rider like me, and only 30 minutes from Vegas.

Customer Service

Deadhorse Loop

Similar Products Used: Bootleg Canyon in Boulder City
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4
VALUE
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4
mudmanmike   Cross Country Rider [May 16, 2007]

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used: Bonnie and Clyde
Cottonwood area south of 160
Dinasaur Teeth
Mustang Trails
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5
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3
turbodog22   Cross Country Rider [Nov 15, 2004]

The Cottonwood loop is located around mile marker 17 on Hwy 160. Going west from Vegas, when you get around mile marker 17 you'll see some power lines on the left (south side) of 160. Before you get too close to those, there is a rock parking lot on the right. Keep an eye open, it's easy to miss. From there, my favorite way to go is head north on the singletrack that heads out of the parking lot. (If you have two people, leave a car at in Blue Diamond at the Bike Outpost and shuttle the bikes up to Cottonwood.) This way you can scream downhill and not have to worry about the trip back up. From the parking lot, follow the singletrack until it turn into a long, flowing, hard packed, brown dirt rollercoaster. This lead to an area where the singletrack crosses a jeep track, continue down the singletrack until you get to another crossing (singletrack and jeep track) that overlooks the town of Bonnie Springs. When facing the town, at about 5 o'clock behind you, is a single track that heads to the east around a mountain ridge. Follow this around the ridge, close to 160 and this takes you back to Blue Diamond, where you dropped off the car. The total trip is around 12 miles, and takes between 2 1/2 (with another guy) to 4 hrs (with your girlfriend). This first time I did this trip, someone said, "Just head down from here to Blue Diamond, it's about 12 miles". We had no idea where we were going, but we eventually found our way back. It's an awesome ride. Not as technical as Bootleg, but it is a faster track. At Bootleg, we have seen more wildlife (Big Horn Sheep and some sort of deer) at Cottonwood you will hear wild burros and see some droppings, but we have yet to see one. We have seen multiple tarantulas at Cottonwood. Email for more info and a few GPS coordinates... turbodog22 at hotmail dot com.

Customer Service

From Vegas, take Hwy 160 to mile marker 17. Powerlines on left, crushed rock parking lot on right (easy to miss)

Similar Products Used: Bootleg Canyon Old Spanish Trail
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5
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3
wagbarney   Cross Country Rider [Jul 12, 2004]

I ride here on weekday mornings and seldom see more than a few other people. Park in the lot on the north side of the highway and ride thru one of the tunnels to access the southern area or just roll onto the trail for the northern zone. Aerobically and technically it's not that tuff (don't get complacent, mind you, cuz you can get hurt here) but being able to ride in and amongst the largely unmolested desert terrain and critters is pretty boss. It's a little toasty in the summer but, at 4000', it's cooler than LV. Finish riding by 11AM, or so, and all will be well.

Customer Service

Around and around until you're tired.

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4
VALUE
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3
biophase   Cross Country Rider [Jun 19, 2004]

Rode is on May 28, 2004. Parked at the first parking out just south of the rode. Rode the jeep road until we reached the second parking lot and entered the single track from there. Rode this clockwise. Gradual climb and brakeless downhilling until you get to the southernmost part where you can barely see Vegas if you look east. A very decent trail, not technical at all (There are a few (3) switchbacks and maybe 2 rocks). According to my bike computer, the loop was 14.3 miles.

Customer Service

I think you can ride it either way. Although I think counter-clockwise wouldn't have been a little better (based on the gradual climb at the beginning, it would be a great downhill to end with)

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3
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2
skeeter   Weekend Warrior [May 19, 2004]

i really had a good time on this trail. i was in vegas on a business trip, and hooked up with a bike and headed out. was also able to hook up with my brother who was in the area on some air force training. the trail isn't too technical, but there are enough rocks to make it fun. i took off with my bro, who was a first time rider, out of the old spanish trial parking area, and looped around the hill to drop in on the main trail that heads out to the vegas overlook. pretty easy, gradual climbing. the trip back is fast and fun. wasn't too crowded, i think we saw 1 hiker and 4 other bikers total in a 3 hour period. it is somewhat challenging for a newbie, but mostly fun for an intermediate. scenery is pretty nice, also. i was hoping to see some wild horses or burros, but it didn't happen.

Customer Service

see above

Similar Products Used: don't know
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4
VALUE
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3
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