Elvis Presta Trail Network - Trail, Las Vegas, Nevada

Elvis Presta Trail Network - Trail, Las Vegas, Nevada

DESCRIPTION

Follow the narrow track toward the peaks(West) The trail climbs West for about 3 miles as it parallels route 156 on the north side of the road. At three miles the trail crosses from the north side to the south side of route 156. This intersection is marked on the north side by a brown 4X4 stuck in the ground and on the south side of the road by a cairn.**( If you want to car shuttle and do more downhilllazy. you can park here just a short distance uphill on 156 from a Forest service campground marked as Blue Tree) or continue the loop 30 ft off the road from the carin that marks this crossing on the south side is a wooden trail sign that says Marks Piece of Cake follow this overgrown mining road steeply down and follow the obvious horse trail that leads across the wash and down for a couple of miles. The trail essentially descends east for about 2 miles as it parallels route 156 on the south side of the road. You will eventually come to another trail marker Deer Creek Loop Go up right on this horse trail, cruising through sage and juniper its up and down as the trail heads more south Eventually the trail descends again and heads back to the north closer to the road. Look for a left turn near a cairn at this point you should see the trail climbing up the slope of a wash to the north look for the yellow and red flagging as the trail becomes braided and a little harder to find Go North to cross the road where two drainage tubes allow you to go under the road about 2 miles downhill from where you parked. You can follow the washed out loose climb on the north side of the road to your car or ride the pavement 2 miles west until you see your car Nice trail network with many options for exploring. High point is at 7500 ft so bring clothing for the weather 38 degrees at 7 am on October 22, 2000. Burrr. The loop took us about four hours of casual cruising .

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 23, 2000]
Dave S.

A fun trail that will only get better as more riders pack it. Excellent views of the snow covered peaks and the Mohave. Watch for horses at blind turns. Battery powered hedge clippers or a weed whacker,...anyone, someone...?

Customer Service

This is the area where the Third annual Elvis Presta group ride is staged. I recommend the same route as described by Paul or for a shorter adventure, head up the South side trail where it crosses at the drainage pipes. (About 6 miles up 156) once you've had enough then turn and go back out the way you came in or explore to the south more where we saw a few more horse trails.

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Shin guards are nice...

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[Jan 22, 2001]
Paul Cooke

This track is worth exploring if you are getting tired of riding the same old stuff at Cottonwood and Boulder City. It will be a savior during the summer scorching season.

Customer Service

The directions I gave need a little tweaking... The start of the 14 mile loop is actually 10.6 miles uphill from the 95 highway. Its covered in snow this time of year....

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4
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[Apr 02, 2001]
Greg Thomas

I rode these trails on 3/31 and except for a couple of snow drifts the trails were in almost perfect condition, just a little soft.

I parked at the quarry and wasn't quite sure if the trail started as singletrack or jeep trail from there. After poking around a bit I followed basically the only jeep trail to the northwest. Several trails split off but if you follow the most westerly ones you should be fine. The main trail switches back and forth from horse trail to jeep trail and generally heads west and mostly towards the largest peaks in the distance. It is a very steady middle ring climb with only one steep pitch about 2 miles out. If you find yourself hitting a steep pitch before then you're probably going the wrong way. It's safest stay to the left because that way you'll end back up at the highway and could ride west on the highway to find the rest of the trail. After about 2.5 miles I hit a wider forest service road and passed through what I believe was the Blue Tree camping area. At about 3 miles I hit the highway across the rode from the only mailbox in sight. I did not see the half-buried 4x4. If you're at the mailbox you need to ride down the road (to the east) a couple of hundred yards until you see some small rocks piled around a road edge pole. As stated in the original review Mark's sign is just in the bushes on the south side of the hwy.

I dropped into the canyon and hit a few snow drifts in the first 1/2 mile and then the rest of the ride was snow-free. This section also had the steepest descent of the ride as the trail contours up and out of a steep part of the canyon with a good couple of switchbacks back down into the bottom. I had no problem finding the Deer Creek Loop sign which was at the beginning of a steep pitch up out of the canyon to the south. From the sign you can also cross the bottom of the canyon to the north and climb and even steeper pitch back up to the highway. This would give you about a 6.5 mile loop.

Deer Creek loop was pretty soft, it really needs some traffic. And the farther I got from the highway it seemed like the trail got harder to follow but eventually after dropping into and climbing out of many small canyons you reach what I assume is the rim of Deer Creek canyon. Here you start heading to the east and descending gradually and pretty straight.

At about 10.5 miles you should see an Elvis Presta/Mystery Tour trail where you turn to left and head back across the canyons you crossed earlier except there not as deep and the ground is firmer. At about 11 miles you hit a sign where Elvis Presta and Mystery Tour split. I took Elvis to the left which I hoped was the straighter route back to the highway as I was running out of time to get back to Vegas before my wife started worrying. Elvis Presta had some cool short climbs and descents and even a couple of rock gardens, probably the rockiest section of the whole ride and definitely the steepes hike-a-bike right at the end. I chose to head left at this point to ride over to the highway in a drainage ditch. To complete the ride entirely in the dirt you would turn right and head downhill a couple of hundred yards to the tunnels under the highway. The climb on the highway from where I came out was 1.4 miles and I had a nice tail breeze.

About 14 miles for my route with 9 miles of singletrack, 1.4 of asphalt, and the rest horse trail and jeep trail. I got one flat and did the ride in 3 hours. 2 hours for fit folk and 3 to 5 for the rest of us. And not one person out there other than me, I bet I couldn't have said that about Cottonwood.

PLEASE DO NOT TAKE A HEDGE CLIPPER UP THERE AS THE TRAILS JUST NEED TRAFFIC, NO CLIPPING! I'm grateful for the hundreds of scratches on my legs as they were very invigorating. Not once did I catch a pedal and not once did any of the junipers or joshua trees jump out and grab my arms so my arms are pretty much scratch free.

Customer Service

Park at the small quarry on the north side of Hwy 156 10.3 miles uphill from Hwy 95. Same as Paul Cooke's original review. Additional notes below.

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Cottonwood/Blue Diamond. Haven't done Boulder yet.

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5
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[May 29, 2001]
Bob

The scenery and summer temperature on this trail are great. I went in the end of May when it was close to 100 in Las Vegas but it felt cool on the mountain. Lots of flowers blossoming, wild horses, lizards, and I even saw a cow elk. Those are the high points. The trail itself wasn't much fun. 75% of it is VERY loose, like riding in soft sand or real loose gravel. This really sucks on the climbs. The brush along the trail cuts up your legs and arms, and much of the trail is hard to follow.

I rode the trail in 2:45 and I'm not in great shape. Some of the downhills are not for beginners, and many of the climbs are so loose a lot of people probably can't ride them.

This would probably be a fun ride shortly after a rain, so maybe next fall I'll try it again. Until then, no thanks.

Customer Service

Follow the route that Greg Thomas did.

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For fun, fast riding go to Blue Diamond/Cottonwood. For technical trails and crazy downhill, go to Boulder City.

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[Oct 20, 2001]
Giacomo

This trail satisfies the need for some high altitude riding on something other than the Bristlecone highway. Muchos Garcias to the trail builders - you have enlightenment in your craft. The routefinding and riding skills you will need to enjoy this trial are not all that complicated.

The high points are that you can ride a trail that has three distinct assets - 1. Solitude 2. Scenery and 3. This is a trail that can still make you feel like singletrack is supposed to: tight lines, occasionally primative paths that require a skill or two and above all, a trail width under 3'.

If you found the terrain to be too loose, you might want to let out some of the "hot air" in your tires that the Henderson riders desperately need for trails like Boulder City.

Now.. if the tables were turned and if the trails could rate the riders, I think you would find most people are riding above their ability and tend to get overly critical of a trail once they see new trail textures, topography and the close quarters of narrow singletrack. Leave the branches in place and adjust your riding style - that way, by the end of the ride, you will have tuned up your skills.

No offense to the last single tire reviewer, but your rating may reflect on your riding experience that day, not the trail.

Customer Service

7-11 west branch

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Bring on more trails like this one.

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5
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[Dec 27, 2001]
Bob Cleary

A friend and I rode this trail in early Dec.(Do not recommend.) It was cold with snow on the ground. We parked at the bottom by the 2 drainage tubes and rode up the hill(what a bitch!) more than the 3 miles suggested from the other review. Once we finally got to the trail, it was hard to find the right path. We thought that it would be a good ride w/out all the snow. No real techie stuff just crusing single track. The ride from Deer Creek Loop wasn't worth the effort.

Customer Service

Same as the others.

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Boulder city Mountian Bike Park. Easier to find. More technical riding. More trail choices. More fun.

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2
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[May 30, 2002]
Cliff

Great workout in a real scenic area. Like some of the other reviewers said, shin guards are good, lots of loose stuff, rocky, sandy and/or gravel uphill. It starts out above 6,000 feet and you need to be in good shape or your fun meter will drop to the low end of the scale real quick. Good summer escape from the heat of the valley. After an hour of the lower sections, we drove on up a few miles on the blacktop (mile or two past Blue Tree campground) and parked on a wide paved intersection area where the road levels off and reconned the area back down the hill and to the north. About 50 yards north and east from where we parked, found a single track running to the north; wild horse/equestrian route -intermediate level. It also runs back down the hill a little ways to the north of the blacktop - probably down to the campground. Never did see any other people.

Last rode near the end of May on a week day and we were making the only bike tracks to be found. The hard pack was on the jeep tracks. Going back to try that single track on the upper section to the north and see where it it finally ends up after the big hike a bike grade.

Customer Service

Lots of trails and jeep roads/ take your pick

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Blue Diamond/Cottonwood (week days; fall, winter, and spring). Bristlecone (week days; summer/don't forget a camera/go up and back on the single track from the ski area).

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2
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[May 28, 2003]
Shawn

Sorry guys but this trail is a big bust. Ive been riding all over the west now and ride all the time locally. This trail(if you want to call it that) is not worth the effort. Leave the bike at home at hike it for a nice time but even that wouldt be much fun. Sandy, soft, and not mapped out or designed well.

Customer Service

doesnt matter

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