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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauldotcom
    How am I far away from the trail head if i can get to the shop? The trailhead is 1/4 mile isn't it?
    I think the rental car might be the best option at this point, I agree, rather then waiting around for a bus. Thanks for the input.

    How are the trails? I cant wait. I ride in the New England area and am sure I will be in for a big surprise!

    The rental car is a better option. The shop in Blue Diamond is a couple minutes by bike to the trailheads. They should be able to give you a basic map with your bike rental.

    Desert singletrack. Lots of it. Hardpack. Loose over hard, hard over loose. Rocky. No roots you have to deal with though. But watch out for the cactus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauldotcom
    How am I far away from the trail head if i can get to the shop? The trailhead is 1/4 mile isn't it?
    I think the rental car might be the best option at this point, I agree, rather then waiting around for a bus. Thanks for the input.

    How are the trails? I cant wait. I ride in the New England area and am sure I will be in for a big surprise!

    I think there is some confusion on which bike shop everyone is writing about. McGhie's shop in Blue Diamond is at the trail head. Las Vegas Cyclery is on Charleston near a bus stop. You can not get to Blue Diamond on the CAT bus.

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    NY NY is about 20-25 minutes from Blue Diamond and the trails are a couple hundred yards from the bike shop. The trail system is huge and quite varied in terms of terrain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauldotcom
    How am I far away from the trail head if i can get to the shop? The trailhead is 1/4 mile isn't it?
    I think the rental car might be the best option at this point, I agree, rather then waiting around for a bus. Thanks for the input.

    How are the trails? I cant wait. I ride in the New England area and am sure I will be in for a big surprise!

    The Mountain Bike Outpost in Blue Diamond is but;
    Las Vegas Cyclery in Charleston and Cimarron is not.

    , just take the bus up Tropicana (get a transfer pass) then transfer to Durango get off at Charleston walk 1/2 mile east on Charleston shop will be on the corner of cimarron and Charleston

    Yes!
    Your best bet will be to just rent a car and go to the bike outpost.
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    How much travel is good to be riding out at Cowboy trails. I know that it's pretty chunky out there with the rock gardens. Just wanted to see what anyone who rides out there reguarly is working with.
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    If you're starting at the Bike Outpost you're basically riding Cottonwood and the trails are pretty mellow. Nothing too techy and a lot of trail options. Let us know when you're going to be here and maybe a couple of us can hookup with you and show you around.
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    What about camping options in the area?

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    There is a campground near the Redrock conservation area which is real close to the Cowboy trails and a few miles further from the Cottonwood trails.

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    BC hotel recs?

    Planning on coming down to ride BC for the first time while in course at LV in early March. Would like to stay in BC to ride when not in course at LV. Any good recommendations for close to TH, bike friendly hotel stay that is not too far off a drive from LV as well (course starts at 8am for two days, so would like to be within a 30min drive if possible).

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    Railroad Pass Casino you can ride outta the hotel onto bike path or trail(ernies extension)
    ...as far as the accommodations go ummmmmm they would be a subpar for strip standards but your here to ride ...right?
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    I'm coming to LV specifically to ride Feb 25th and 26th. I will have one or two others with me.

    If anyone would like to show us the fun loops to take so we're not going to opposite of the fun way that'd be rad.

    We will be looking to ride for 5-6 hours a day at a pretty fast clip, putting a foot down only to stuff food in our face and ensure our safety protocol is correct.

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    Ok then,

    Well, thanks for all the help everyone.

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    We just got back from riding some of the LV trails. It was nice break from the cold and wet of Idaho this spring. We are x-country riders and found the Cottonwood trails to be a very nice fit. Be sure to stop by an see Chris at the Bike Outpost in Blue Diamond and he will give you a colorful narrative of local trails. Landmine and and The Hurl were what we rode here....both fun.

    We also rode Bootleg Canyon, and the guys at All Mtn Cycle also were a big help before we hit their trails. These trails are more downhill oriented, more rocky, but well worth the trip to Boulder City. We warmed up the Lower and Middle Lake View Trails...which I reccomend, and then took the shuttle for the downhill runs. We stuck to Boy Scout & Girl Scout trails....don't let the names fool you, as these trails will get your attention, as they did with my friend in this picture.
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    Chris is the best man. Perfect dude to talk trails with.
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    More trails

    Since this sticky was started some progress have been made when it comes to trails near by.

    There are 2 more trails around the city that need to be mentioned here:
    The Union Trails and the The Bear's Best they are both consider backyard trails to the people that live close to them since they are right next to populated neighborhoods. Don't let that fact full you they are both great trails that will keep you busy and offer a great view of the strip.

    If you are willing to drive 45 min. to 1 hr from Las Vegas there's also Mount Charlestone where you can find The Twiligh Zone, Bristlecone Trail and The Downhill trails.
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    We can also add the Anthem East trails out of Anthem Hills Park. You can get 12-15 miles on the official Anthem East Trail and take side trips on the narrow single track for a few additional miles. The trail itself starts fun and gets a bit more lame as you follow it south along the edge of the housing developments with some really steep (but totally ride-able power line road) followed by the switchbacks at the south end are brutally tight (the lower ones are too tight for my AM rig). But you can then climb to the TV Transmitter and return on the trail or on the road for a bit more cardio.

    I'll get a map together once I catch all the single track, I think I am getting close to having ridden it all. It's not bad for a quick late afternoon ride or a night ride -- and it is close to home.

    So far I like it more than the Union Trails and about the same as Bear's Best (but Anthem is much closer for me) and an easy ride while my kids are a soccer practice at the park.

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    A map of Cowboy that I didn't see here. It was supplied by johnnyspoke in another thread...


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    Thnak you!

    Quote Originally Posted by big0mike View Post
    A map of Cowboy that I didn't see here. It was supplied by johnnyspoke in another thread...

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    Awesome! Gonna have to check out that as well. I just moved here from utah and have only been out to bootleg canyon and the blue diamond trail that starts near the bike shop!

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    Quote Originally Posted by klif01 View Post
    Awesome! Gonna have to check out that as well. I just moved here from utah and have only been out to bootleg canyon and the blue diamond trail that starts near the bike shop!
    I don't know the Blue Diamond-area trails but, and this is just my opinion, these Cowboy Trails are 100% better than the XC trails at Bootleg. Now, I've not ridden them all at Bootleg but the trails on the lower end aren't fun to me. Boy Scout was fun. Seemed more like a real trail. Girl Scout was fair as well but somewhere between the elevation of Boy Scout and Girl Scout is where the sh|tty gravel trails start.

    Cowboy trails are more like actual trails, not a narrow ridge chiseled into the side of some sandstone & gravel. That's just my opinion. and only of the lower trails like POW, IMBA, Mother...

    I've yet to hit the DH trails but all the video I see of them is pure awesomeness.

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    I didn't try mother pow or imba, caldera was ok but nothing special.

    These cowboy trails have some good downhill stints?

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    Quote Originally Posted by klif01 View Post
    I didn't try mother pow or imba, caldera was ok but nothing special.
    I didn't ride Caldera but it seemed to be more XC with not so much elevation gain/loss whereas Boy Scout starts at the top where the shuttle stops and descends to where Caldera starts or in that general location. Of course, if you want to climb Boy Scout you can do that as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by klif01 View Post
    These cowboy trails have some good downhill stints?
    I've only been on it once but Bone Shaker is a "good" downhill stint. There's plenty of climbing to get to the DH sections but the climbing is fun if you like technical climbing over rocks & steps and stuff.

    If you've got some time watch the video I just posted. It's got plenty of climbing in it and Bone Shaker starts at 8:00 or so...

    Cowboy Trails Sunday 2011-11-06?

    There's also Bob Gnarly and Bomb Voyage on another ridge that requires a little more climbing. I didn't make it over there but some day...

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    Hey all, kinda getting back into riding, and was wondering if there are any good trails on the north side of Vegas. I live on base, but can commute any where. Would like to try close to home before i drive across town to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big0mike View Post
    A map of Cowboy that I didn't see here. It was supplied by johnnyspoke in another thread...

    Good info

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    Not really. The twlight trail is on SR158,( Kyle Canyon/Mt Charleston ) you park at the dirt lot @mile 12 There is about 12-15miles of trail.

    Bears Best is @ 215/Flamingo 10-12 miles of fun stuff.

    Cottonwood/Blue Diamond, you can park in BD@ bike shop,or park @ Latenight trailhead,4.7 miles W of Blue Diamond turn on SR160 to access the trails on the south side.

    Bootleg in Boulder City,X/C to serious downhill.

    You can find more info in other threads,or post a new thead with questions.

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    Thanks for all the info, and it's an honor to server this great nation.

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    Lots of info missing in this sticky.
    BBT info
    Union Trails info
    Coyote Springs info
    ???
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    What is the name of the parking lot on blue diamond hwy on the north side of the road before you head up the canyon to go to pahrump. I rode a nice loop from there last weekend and got to test out the new hd hero2

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    The paved parking lot is called Latenight. The dirt lot prior to Latenight is called Katie's Lot.

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    I've been riding BC for some years now and I'm fairly familiar with the DH side of things there and the usual Boy Scout ride down from the shuttle drop off. This Friday, I have a friend who's more into trail/xc riding and I'm looking into getting a local info on a recommended trail riding route more suited to riders who don't like to climb much

    I think I rode Caldera once..not a fan. I think it's too monotonous. Never been to Par None or Mother and IMBA and such.. Any route suggestion (with minimal climbing or gradual climbing), start, loop and finish? I will probably ride DH on Sat morning...or maybe explore Cowboy area..

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImaFred View Post
    Lots of info missing in this sticky.
    BBT info
    Union Trails info
    Coyote Springs info
    ???
    So why not add it? I know you know BBT

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozzer View Post
    I've been riding BC for some years now and I'm fairly familiar with the DH side of things there and the usual Boy Scout ride down from the shuttle drop off. This Friday, I have a friend who's more into trail/xc riding and I'm looking into getting a local info on a recommended trail riding route more suited to riders who don't like to climb much

    I think I rode Caldera once..not a fan. I think it's too monotonous. Never been to Par None or Mother and IMBA and such.. Any route suggestion (with minimal climbing or gradual climbing), start, loop and finish? I will probably ride DH on Sat morning...or maybe explore Cowboy area..

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    You can do a point-to-point shuttle by leaving one vehicle at the Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino. Then drive up the road to the shuttle drop off. Drop in on Boy Scout but then ride outer Caldera in a counter-clockwise direction. Then detour on Ernie's extension heading west and end back at Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino. There's some minimal climbing but the route is mostly XC downhill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osmarandsara View Post
    You can do a point-to-point shuttle by leaving one vehicle at the Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino. Then drive up the road to the shuttle drop off. Drop in on Boy Scout but then ride outer Caldera in a counter-clockwise direction. Then detour on Ernie's extension heading west and end back at Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino. There's some minimal climbing but the route is mostly XC downhill.
    Sounds fun. I will try that next month.
    We ended up riding at Gooseberry Mesa instead and then recovered with some chill shuttle runs on Boy's Scout the next day. Thanks guys. Vegas and Utah are fun

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    Cowboy trails rock my world. Hoping to make a dirt ride connector from Cowboy to Cottonwood. Anyone have some ideas? I am searching Topofusion aerial views and there are a few routes, just not sure if they are on private property.

    Here is a map I found of Cowboy


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    Tried out the Green Loop at Cottonwood trails while visiting from Phoenix, last week. Can't wait to come back and explore more trails in this area!

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    Awesome source of local trail info, it's been surprising hard to find trail info for Vegas, thanks for posting!!
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    Great thread gang and thanks.
    The wifey and I are wanting 1 day of riding last week of January while we are visiting. Best shop for rentals, trail access, scenery, possibly guide?????
    Probably need to stick to xc singlrtrack.
    Thanks so much for your help. First time to LV...

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    Book your guide with McGhie's bike shop, which owns the Bike Outpost at the trail head of Cottonwood, where you can get your bikes. Ask for Bob for your guide. He is a great guy and loves riding and guiding. I would not recommend their other guide. They even offer transportation from your hotel to the trails.

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    Thanks alot Guy, I'll give them a call.

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    Did blue diamond today, ran into some locals who showed me one of the longer routes,
    lots of fun.

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    I'm gonna be in Vegas in February on the 19th and 20th. Going to be riding on the 20th in the morning. Would love to see some of that beautiful Nevada desert. I love flowing single track but not harsh climbs.

    Any suggestions?
    Some days I want to kick my own A$$ twice.

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    I booked a tour with McGhie's and got a reply that Bobby would be our guide. Thanks for the help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apexpredator65 View Post
    I'm gonna be in Vegas in February on the 19th and 20th. Going to be riding on the 20th in the morning. Would love to see some of that beautiful Nevada desert. I love flowing single track but not harsh climbs.

    Any suggestions?
    I think Cottonwood would be a nice place to start if you park at the Late Night parking lot. Lots of options from there. At Bootleg Canyon, the climbs are not really that harsh. For example the Girl Scout trail is about 1.5 miles long, about 300 feet elevation gain. Now Cowboy Trails is a harsh climb, about 5 miles to the top but probably has the best view of Vegas and the valley.

    Have fun.

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    After reading the thread I was thinking about doing BBT when I get to Vegas on Sunday afternoon.
    Some days I want to kick my own A$$ twice.

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    Great discussion here! Thanks to all who contributed for the benefit of us out-of-towners.

    One question I don't think was mentioned:

    What are the best (longish) XC routes for visitors that are least likely to get them lost?

    Are the trails generally easy to follow? Are they marked? Any recommended maps other than the ones included here?

    Thanks!

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    If you start in Blue Diamond and go up Badger pass to wilson tank overlook and return on deadhorse to landmine back to BD you should be in the 22-25ish mile range.
    Stop in the Outpost(lbs) in Blue Diamond, talk to chris, he'll help you pick a route & map it out.
    If you have a basic sense of direction you can't get lost out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M-80 Rider View Post
    Great discussion here! Thanks to all who contributed for the benefit of us out-of-towners.

    One question I don't think was mentioned:

    What are the best (longish) XC routes for visitors that are least likely to get them lost?

    Are the trails generally easy to follow? Are they marked? Any recommended maps other than the ones included here?

    Thanks!
    The most XC routes that have lots of traffic you can easily ride over 60 miles if you want and have good signs IMHO will be Cottonwood Valley.
    So you can either go to the Latenight TH parking lot (Blue Diamond Rd.
    (Hwy. 160) 4.7 miles West, PAST turn off to 159
    Las Vegas, NV) or you can park in the town of Blue Diamond at the Bike Outpost and Chris can give you more tips and recommendations and you could get a map and goodies there as well.
    There's a ride going on Saturday if you want to join some riders: Cottonwood Slow Paced Ride Up Badger Pass - The Las Vegas Mountain Bike Group (Las Vegas, NV) - Meetup

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    Knoob, thanks for the advice. I'll do some research.

    Camaleon, thanks, as well. Appreciate the invite, but it's a month too early for me to make it. Sounds like fun, though.

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    i am booked up for the week in april in vegas. Im trying to convince my buddy to go on a guided mtb tour with me from Mcghie's Bike Outpost at the blue diamond location.

    I have heard great reviews of this ride/tour. Has anyone taken this and how many miles is it for the 1/2 day tour? My buddy isnt into bikeing but i think once he gets out into the terrain it may change his mind. I plan to bring my own pedals and shoes at this point. I am hoping they can pick us up from our hotel (the imperial palace). All i know for sure is i am excited for this.

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    The sticky needs a major update.

    - What are the temps and weather in the area throughout the year?
    - Where are the bike shops to rent rides, get parts, or perform repairs?
    - Where is the closest lodging to the trails?
    - What local club can we contact to help with building/maintenance?


    There are many of us that want to visit your region, especially to escape bad winter weather. Win/Win situation for everyone.

    Please update the sticky.

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