Bristlecone Loop - Trail, Mt.Charleston, Nevada

Bristlecone Loop - Trail, Mt.Charleston, Nevada

DESCRIPTION

Head up the dirt road. The first three miles are a steady climb. (near the top of the climb is a "out & back" singletrack offshoot. Very very steep, is about 3 miles to signs that say no bikes) take it if you want to explore! Back to the main loop. After the approx. 3 mile climb on the dirt road, it makes one last 20-30 yard butt kicking climb then becomes single track for the trip down Really fun 3 mile descent back to the car. Self explanatory singletrack, (some very technical sections) will lead you down to the Lee Canyon Ski Resort. When you hit the paved road, follow it back to the area you parked in. Watch for hikers when you're barreling down the singletrack, esp. on weekends. This area is a very popular get away from Vegas because it's usually 15-20 degrees cooler on any day. Which means it's very comfortable riding all the time.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 14, 2008]
King of Pain
Racer

Nice climb on a dirt road/double track with shade(some aspens,pines), awesome downhill(which is somewhat technical and could easily snap a clavicle if you go down), be kind to hikers or we'll probably lose the trail. Ride the loop three or four times for a good workout. Elevation at base is somewhere around 8000 feet. If you don't like this trail then you should take up golf(or stick with golf).

Customer Service

as previously described

Similar Products Used:

If you like to climb then ride your road bike the 17 miles up(5200ft elevation gain) Lee Canyon Rd. to the Ski Resort. This is one the top ten hill climbs in the country.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 06, 2004]
cdfjr1975
Weekend Warrior

Have been riding for about a month now and I have to say this ride is intense. I can take the joshua tree slalom at Cottonwood with some speed, but this one gave my brakes a work out. The uphill is just like any other, but the first part of the downhill is right along the edge of the mountain. Pretty scary stuff for a person with a fear of heights. Once you get a bit further down the mountain, you can open it up a little more. There were some sharp turns, which I ran off of one, but nothing so horrible. The ride took me one and a half hours, I'm sure some of the more experienced riders will take the downhills faster. The ultimate plus side was Las Vegas wass 105 degrees and Bristlecone was 75 degrees. I will ride this loop again, only next time I will go earlier and make two passes at it. Please ignore my ratings on the bottom, as I have not had enough rides to really judge.

Customer Service

Don't feel qualified yet to recommend a route.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 24, 2004]
tk421onthemic
Cross Country Rider

I give this trail high marks because it is the closest forrested alpine biking to Las Vegas. If you're a transplant to LV from greener pastures and you miss weaving through pine trees and rolling over roots, this ride will make you feel at home. It is short, but definately worth the drive. I rode the trail in mid May and it was in very good shape with no mud, but there were a couple of short snow patches.

Customer Service

Started up fire road, came down singletrack/pavement to car. Wasn't sure about the legality of the side trail (Bonanza trail?)- I think I saw a 'no bikes' sign at the fork (in May 04), so I stayed away.

Similar Products Used:

Bootleg Canyon, Cottonwood Valley, Rocky Gap (Red Rock Canyon) Best trail within 3 hrs? Gooseberry Mesa, Utah

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 12, 2003]
KRob
Cross Country Rider

What a sweet little trail! My only complaint is that it wasn't long enough. The fireroad climb is a nice warmup through tall ponderosa pines with great views. The surface was a little loose in some places, but not bad at all. Of course it had just rained when I rode it, so maybe it's worse when dry, but it's a crushed shale surface so I doubt it changes much. The climb continues for another 200-300 yards once the singletrack begins along a fairly steep side hill. The single track downhill portion is fun, just challenging enough to keep things interesting, and beautiful. It's just not long enough. In fact when I got down to the ski resort, just before dropping down onto the heli pad area, I turned around and climbed back up the singletrack to where it tops out (about a 20 min climb), then did the descent back down the singletrack again. A few roots, a few rocks, two tight, ridable switchbacks, and a nice trail surface. Beautiful views the evening I was up there right after an afternoon rain shower. The setting sun really lit up the cumulus clouds to the east. Spectacular. I recommend it. Not sure why this trail got a bum wrap by a couple reviewers.

Customer Service

Start at the parking area across from the red building as described and ascend on the fire road or start near the end of the road (heli-pad) and do an out and back on the singletrack. What I many do next time is start on the single track and continue to the end of the out-and-back spur (Bonanza?) trail the original reviewer described, then retrace back down the singletrack.

Similar Products Used:

Blue Diamond, Bootleg Canyon. Haven't tried Elvis Presta yet. Next trip.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 20, 1999]
Doctor

This is the best ride in Vegas during the summer months, and fall rides get a bonus of some aspens changing colors. Starts with a 30 minute climb up a fire road, just long enough to get a good workout. The singletrack descent down to the ski area is classic. The top section will test even an expert biker's technical skills, but the sections are easy to walk around if you're not up for it. The lower section is a rockin' singletrack dream, but watch for hikers, especially on weekends. This trail is well used. When you hit the helipad at the ski area, either complete the loop by taking the road, or backtrack the way you came for a different challenge.

Customer Service

I start at the lower trailhead (across from the red house) and do an out and back to the helipad. This warms me up on the fire road before getting to the singletrack.

Similar Products Used:

Anything out by Cottonwood/Blue Diamond (not during summer, though)

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 27, 2000]
Paul Cooke

If you park at the hairpin near the ski area parking lot you will find the singletrack coming down the ridge above you. Ride uphill through the forest. Most people park at the fire road... and it is a nice warmup and has nice views but the singletrack is so short it is hardly worth the drive up the mountain unless you can get some decent distance so I recommend up and back on the skinny trail or ride up the fire road and go down and back up the skinny track... More and better stuff can be found just down the canyon a few miles at the Elvis Presta Trail Network.

Customer Service

Ride up and back on the single track.

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Elvis Presta Trail Network, Boulder City, Cottonwood, Gooseberry Mesa in SW Utah is only 2hrs & 45 min away! It rocks! Also some great singletrack in Pahrump 4 miles uphill from Terribles Casino...

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 20, 2001]
StealthBoy

If you enjoy causing seriously destructive soil erosion damage to trails, this is your baby. It's a hiking/horseback trail that a few years ago was allowed to become a multiple-abuse bike trail as well. What a shame. Tell ya the truth, as rides go, it just ain't there folks! The very lengthy road segment is a tremendous bore, and the many exposed roots on the short single-track portion allows virtually unlimited opportunities for headers, trail rash, and soil sampling, not to mention crashing into the many hikers that use the trail. Other than the obvious benefits of its elevation during the summer months, the place blows. Better to just do an early morning ride on the Boulder City trails, they're closer and it's a far better riding experience for all levels of riders.

Customer Service

not recommended

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1
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[Dec 29, 2002]
Joel Rogers

Good place to escape the summer heat...other than that, go somewhere else.
Lots of sections are sketchy, and very technical. Lots of ruts from posers skidding through the switchbacks, which only makes it worse.
As stated before, its nice to ride on sub 100 degree weather once in a while...but that's about it.

Customer Service

You decide for yourself...

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2
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