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Railroad Pass Loop

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  4.0 from 3 votes
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Rank: #2 in the Bootleg Canyon area
#18 in NV, #1,001 Overall
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Featured Ride in the area near Boulder City,
“The perfect ride for endurance training with great views to boot.”
Markk Knowles on Oct 2, 2013
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9.615.5 milesKilometers 1,352’412 m Ascent 3,033’925 m High 5% Avg Grade (3°)
100% Singletrack -1,349’-411 m Descent 2,323’708 m Low 28% Max Grade (15°)
1:49 average time for 8.5 miles. Details

Although the elevation profile clearly shows an extended descent from the 2.5 mile mark to the 7 mile mark, you'll swear that you have climbed nearly the whole way until the 9 mile mark. Bring ample water and snacks as you'll appreciate them on this great endurance burner.

With the exception of a few moderate drops (which mostly have ride arounds) the terrain isn't overly technical but filled with a constant stream of rocky obstacles.
You have a feel of remoteness on this ride and are provided with numerous outstanding view points.
Railroad Pass Loop covers in their entirety Earnie's, Caesar and rides along Mother for a distance.

The trailhead is at the parking lot of the Railroad Pass Casino and you'll ride briefly on the paved River Mountain Loop Trail. Immediately after crossing the railroad tracks, turn right into the desert. The trail is not at all obvious to find at this point until you ride ~20 feet. Once you find Earnie's, the singletrack is easy to follow for the duration.

You'll climb gradually over, around and through a lot of embedded rock and small washes for the first mile and a half following a mile of steeper climbing to a saddle overlooking the golf course in the valley below. From here you'll finish Earnie's to Mother. This section of Mother is full of excellent rough hills and valleys along sometimes narrow exposed singletrack to the intersection of Caesar.

Finally at Caesar you'll enjoy some of the first real downhill riding. But don't get too excited as this is a bit of work to navigate the twisty, loose, rocky terrain.
Heading back toward Earnie's you'll steer right back down Earnie's to your vehicle.
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PHOTOS of Railroad Pass Loop
  3.3 from 3 votes
Treading down Caesar Trail (Boulder City, NV)
  3.3 from 3 votes
Riding Mother's excellent singletrack (Boulder City, NV)
  3.3 from 4 votes
A good reminder of the terrain we choose to ride in! (Boulder City, NV)
  3.3 from 4 votes
At the top of Caesar (Boulder City, NV)
  3.0 from 3 votes
The big cairn overlooking the golf course at the summit saddle. (Boulder City, NV)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Escaping the city again (Boulder City, NV)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Opening moves on The Sh*t Trail (Boulder City, NV)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Bootleg slickrock on Earnie's (Boulder City, NV)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Found this poor old fellow lying in the trail, barely enough energy to h... (Boulder City, NV)
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