3 Mile Smile via Badger Pass

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  4.1 from 12 votes
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Rank: #1 in the Cottownwood Valley Trail System area
#12 in NV, #732 Overall
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Featured Ride in the area near Enterprise,
“An excellent romp that starts with several miles of moderate climbing and great views.”
Markk Knowles on Apr 5, 2013
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9.615.5 milesKilometers 1,127’343 m Ascent 4,862’1,482 m High 4% Avg Grade (3°)
100% Singletrack -1,125’-343 m Descent 3,960’1,207 m Low 19% Max Grade (11°)
Overview
1:15 average time for 9.6 miles. Details

The trail begins with a mild ascent that steepens to a saddle with great views. Some swithcbacks take you up the to the top. The trail then continues further, much further, but for this ride, swing a 180 and head back down the way you came, staying on this singletrack back to parking.

There's one short section of more technical riding (White Rhino) on the way, but it's mostly moderate the whole way.
Description
The Late Night trailhead is located in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, west of Las Vegas. It's on Highway 160, 4.7 miles west of the intersection with Highway 159 (West Charleston Blvd.) There are toilets and trail signage there.

On the south side of the parking, a faint singletrack heads towards a drainage tunnel under 160 - this is the start. Follow the trail south. The trails splits off several times, stay on the most used trail in a southerly direction when given a choice.

You'll summit a saddle with several options. Continue on the trail southwest down switchbacks to a T. Turn left up a mostly smooth singletrack until you again summit an immense flat area.

Take a break, snack a snack & drink a drink. Then rotate your bike back down the trail to breezy downhill heaven. There are several easy jumps or ride-arounds. About midway down, you'll encounter the White Rhino section, a short diversion from the smooth terrain to rocky more techy fun. Exiting White Rhino puts you back on mostly smooth riding to the upper tunnel under Hwy 160. Follow the trail through this tunnel heading east back to Late Night trailhead.
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PHOTOS of 3 Mile Smile via Badger Pass
  4.7 from 3 votes
Badger Pass downhill. (Enterprise, NV)
  4.5 from 4 votes
Rolling down Latenight back to the parking lot. (Enterprise, NV)
  4.3 from 3 votes
Yey! More white rock fun. (Enterprise, NV)
  4.3 from 3 votes
White Rhino drop, check your brakes. (Enterprise, NV)
  4.3 from 3 votes
Badger Pass just before you hit White Rhino. (Enterprise, NV)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Clouds over red rock, just cleared White Rhino rocks, long downhill back... (Enterprise, NV)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Techno joins 3 Mile Smile (Enterprise, NV)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Riding Techno trail in technicolor. (Enterprise, NV)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Going up 3 Mile Smile. (Enterprise, NV)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Badger Pass, red valley part. (Enterprise, NV)
  3.3 from 3 votes
Dead Horse Trail end. (Enterprise, NV)
  3.3 from 3 votes
Dead Horse landscape. (Enterprise, NV)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Badger Pass, alternate on right (Enterprise, NV)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Start of short White Rhino section. Steeper, looser, rockier, funner. (Enterprise, NV)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Badger Pass (Enterprise, NV)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Heading for lower tunnel at Badger Pass trail start (Enterprise, NV)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Badger Pass Trail start from parking (Enterprise, NV)
  2.3 from 3 votes
st option, stay left (Enterprise, NV)
  2.3 from 3 votes
2nd option, stay left (Enterprise, NV)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Top of Badger Pass, connector to 3 Mile Smile straight ahead (Enterprise, NV)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Badger Pass (Enterprise, NV)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Option on the descent - Stay left (Enterprise, NV)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Switchbacks down to 3 Mile Smile (Enterprise, NV)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Top of 3 Mile Smile, now turn around and go back! (Enterprise, NV)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Badger Pass (Enterprise, NV)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Took a left after switchbacks, up 3 Mile Smile (Enterprise, NV)
  2.3 from 3 votes
3 Mile Smile (Enterprise, NV)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Entry to upper tunnel. Stay right after tunnel and stay on singletrack b... (Enterprise, NV)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Badger Pass (Enterprise, NV)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Badger Pass (Enterprise, NV)
  2.3 from 3 votes
More of the switchbacks (Enterprise, NV)
  2.0 from 3 votes
Start of 3 Mile Smile descent (Enterprise, NV)