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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.
    That's all you need.
    Once you get there ask for Chris and tell him Carlos from the Mountain Bike Group send you... He'll hook you up.
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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?
    I dig dirt!

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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.

    And THANK YOU for your service!

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