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    fun and flowy ( and long ) trails around Las Vegas ?

    Since I wont be able to make it to Moab by late october/first week of november I'm afraid I will have to stop in Vegas to stay at friends house.
    Any good trail around there ? Looking to rent a mountaibike and possibily ad road bike too to tour Red Rock or Valley of Fire.

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    There's certainly options, and plenty for good riding. January will be good weather I imagine, just dress in layers as you may need to adjust.

    I'm new in town, so take my advice with a full shaker of salt, but there are 3 main trail networks within relatively close proximity to the strip.

    1. Blue Diamond/Cottonwood - XC/Trail-ish. There's definitely some technical chunk out there, but its a ways back. I'd recommend going with someone who knows the trails.
    2. Cowboy - haven't been, but hear its technical and chunky.
    3. Bears Best Trail - my favorite so far. XC/Trail-ish. Also some tech features. Every time I go there, it seems theres something new. Really a great trail.
    Alcohol may lead nowhere, but it sure is the scenic route!

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    If you want to ride, go to St George or Hurricane, it's much more fun.

    If you're coming to Vegas, F the riding! Simply get with your bud, smoke a lot of bud, go out to the casinos and get shiite-faced, win a bunch of money playing blacked-out blackjack, blow all that money at a strip club, head back to the casinos and win a bunch more playing blackjack, then take up the offer from the ho hitting you up while you're cashing out your chips!

    Yeah, everywhere else tries to imitate it. But, if you're coming to Vegas, have the real Vegas experience! If the riding was that good, you bud would ride and you wouldn't have to ask where to ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesertDog View Post
    If you want to ride, go to St George or Hurricane, it's much more fun.

    If you're coming to Vegas, F the riding! Simply get with your bud, smoke a lot of bud, go out to the casinos and get shiite-faced, win a bunch of money playing blacked-out blackjack, blow all that money at a strip club, head back to the casinos and win a bunch more playing blackjack, then take up the offer from the ho hitting you up while you're cashing out your chips!

    Yeah, everywhere else tries to imitate it. But, if you're coming to Vegas, have the real Vegas experience! If the riding was that good, you bud would ride and you wouldn't have to ask where to ride!
    meh...I've lived in Vegas for a while when I was not into mbt yet and I'm pretty much done with the casinos crap. Going back to see some family friends and trust me I'll keep myself away from the stinky Strip. Gym,riding,visiting friends and that's it.

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    I did a solo guided tour with McGhies in Blue Diamond last Friday while on a 4 day trip to Vegas. Did about 18 miles. Fun flowy ride, nothing too technical but I had a really good time. They rented me a new Fuel EX8 and I had brought my own pedals/shoes/camelback. 2 trails I remember as being fun were White Rhino and Viagra.

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    Tin can alley is fast and flowy on Mt Charleston. You may have snow in late November....maybe not

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    What's your def. of fun and flowy?!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ImaFred View Post
    What's your def. of fun and flowy?!?
    Really good question...I use the words "fun and flowy" all the time to describe good trails. Can't speak for the OP but for me it's a trail or a section of trail where you don't really need to pedal, but can use pumping and/or corners/berms to keep your speed and momentum high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcall8 View Post
    Tin can alley is fast and flowy on Mt Charleston. You may have snow in late November....maybe not
    Where is this trail at?

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    Up Kyle canyon..it's one of the "downhill" trails....fun trail, mostly downhill that you can climb or.shuttle. search around and you'll find info. I like to drop in at robbers roost, or you can head up to hilltop camp ground. You end at the "tree" which has been torn out for the new fire station up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcall8 View Post
    Up Kyle canyon..it's one of the "downhill" trails....fun trail, mostly downhill that you can climb or.shuttle. search around and you'll find info. I like to drop in at robbers roost, or you can head up to hilltop camp ground. You end at the "tree" which has been torn out for the new fire station up there.
    That trail is not a ’Downhill' trail. There are many people, myself included, who ride up (from the new trailhead at the start of 'Showgirl') and then back down. The only designated 'downhill' trails in the Las Vegas 'area' are at Bootleg (Boulder City).

    You can find flow at BBT and Cottonwood, if you know where to look.

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    I completely agree. I put the word downhill in quotes to try and make that point. To be clear, plenty of people in las Vegas refer to the trails in Kyle canyon as downhill trails. These are not legit DH trails like the ones at bootleg. Although people do ride these trails on downhill bikes, I think they are the most fun on a typical trail or all mountain bike. Some ride them on hardtails. Tin can alley is the route I would choose to climb from the bottom. I too have started below the tree at showgirl. The fact is that more people take a shuttle to the top rather than pedaling from the tree. It seems even less people pedL up showgirl as it is the newest trail up there. Tin can happens to be one of my favorite routes down as well. We do need.to be careful when coming downhill, as with any most trails, to not run over people pedaling uphill....good point bluejudad

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    How is Tin Can going up? What's the mileage/technicality like? I usually solo ride so the option of having a shuttle is kind of out the window. I enjoy getting a work out on my rides too, so climbing is ok by me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorider228 View Post
    How is Tin Can going up? What's the mileage/technicality like? I usually solo ride so the option of having a shuttle is kind of out the window. I enjoy getting a work out my rides too, so climbing is ok by me.
    The climb up is not technical. It can be loose and washy in spots at the bottom and the dirt gets better about half way up when you get more in the trees.. From the tree parking spot to the top of hilltop is maybe around 5 miles but I believe you gain about 2,000 feet in elevation. I'm not against climbing but I dont personally care for this one. Theres not too much going on on the up.....and it is a super convienient trail to shuttle. But I do get out and climb this trail a few times a summer. If you start below the tree at the showgirl trailhead you may add about 3 miles i think (Bluejudad chime in here). The climb up showgirl has some grinds but has spots that will give you a break and add some variation.

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    Starting at Showgirl, the ride up and back is about 18 miles with 3300 ft of elevation gain. It's definitely not for everyone, but it's a great workout and accomplishment. The Showgirl parking area, I believe is still closed as a result of the fire. I got a ticket there not to long ago, which I will contest. However, I highly recommend starting at the new Showgirl trail. It's an interesting ride. SNMBA is hosting a trail building event there in a couple weeks, if the Govt. 'Shut down' doesn't put the kibosh on it. We're working with the Forest Service. Go to www.facebook.com/SNMBA for more info.

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    Maybe we should get out and do as much trail building as we can while the government is shut down....that way it will be done for them when they get back. Just kidding.... but seriously

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    Ummmmm YEAH!!!! We should!!!
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    Question: i am visiting vegas next week, i have once ridden the trail than ends where the tree was at the bottom. with the tree gone, anyone know the miles it is from the turnoff? is the showgirl bottom trailhead even closer to the turnoff, any maps?
    and finally, to get up to robbers roost area, you think its easier to climb up the trail or the road?
    Thanks!

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    Re: fun and flowy ( and long ) trails around Las Vegas ?

    For me the climb is 2ish hours, 2200'.....so

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    road or trail is better to go up?

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    dft, your choice....roads easier but next to vehicles. often times you can catch a shuttle ride from another group...
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