Dead Horse Loop

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  4.0 from 5 votes
blue  Intermediate from 2 votes
Rank: #5 in the Las Vegas Metro area
#33 in NV, #3,003 Overall
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Trail in the area near Enterprise,
“Good mountain biking in the south western most portion of Cottonwood.”
Markk Knowles on Jul 22, 2013
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9.114.6 milesKilometers 1,244’379 m Ascent 4,993’1,522 m High 4% Avg Grade (2°)
Singletrack Type -722’-220 m Descent 4,337’1,322 m Low 19% Max Grade (11°)
1:45 average time for 10.2 miles. Details

The Dead Horse Loop Trail is not actually a loop in itself. Other trails combine to make this a loop.

Riding the Dead Horse Loop is an excellent exercise in exercise. The climb is long and mostly gradual, including some doubletrack to keep the excitement at bay at times. This is the kind of trail that grows on you the farther you get into it.

Begin riding from Late Night Parking west through the 3rd tunnel to the south side of Hwy. 160 on doubletrack. Boring desert riding for the first couple miles gradually turns to singletrack which gets better as you proceed. A few steep washes with add enthusiasm. Before you know you're riding through fun scenic terrain. A couple more short doubletrack sections (watch closely for the turns back to singletrack) and you are presented with Satan's Escalator....a series of switchbacks on a steep climb. Mortals walk most of Satan's Escalator. At the top you are faced with a choice of jeep road, hang right and look for the trail to your left in a short distance.

Wilson's Tank Overlook is your next attraction. A very nice view point. Following the track in this area can be difficult as it is broken. You'll be heading back north towards a thrilling descent called 3 Mile Smile. At the top of 3 Mile Smile this trail ends. Enjoy the descent ahead of you or backtrack down on Dead Horse
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Challenging and technical with a stunning backdrop; an exciting place to ride...
near Summerlin South, NV
4.1 (12)
An excellent romp that starts with several miles of moderate climbing and gre...
near Enterprise, NV
4.0 (17)
More drops, flow & exposure than one trail deserves - and a blast to ride!
near Enterprise, NV

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PHOTOS of Dead Horse Loop
  4.0 from 1 vote
Red Rock seen from Dead Horse trail (Enterprise, NV)
  3.3 from 3 votes
Dead Horse Trail end. (Enterprise, NV)
  3.3 from 3 votes
Spring life along the Dead Horse Trail. (Enterprise, NV)
  3.3 from 3 votes
Landscape on east side of Dead Horse Trail. (Enterprise, NV)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Awesome view over Wilsons Tank Overlook with Las Vegas in the background (Enterprise, NV)
  3.0 from 3 votes
A great section of trail on Dead Horse Loop (Enterprise, NV)