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Blue Diamond Loop

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 4.0 from 4 votes
  Intermediate from 2 votes
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Rank: #4 in the Lake Mead and Las Vegas area
#7 in Nevada
#629 Overall
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“A great 10+ mile ride that encompasses a large portion of the trail system in Cottonwood.”
Markk Knowles on May 20, 2013
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10.216.3 milesKilometers 714’218 m Ascent 3,820’1,164 m High 2.7% Avg Grade
100% Singletrack -714’-218 m Descent 3,395’1,035 m Low 8.0% Max Grade
Overview
This ride is a great beginner to intermediate way to ride in the Cottonwood North trail system starting and ending in the small, cozy town of Blue Diamond. Small drops, rock gardens, sand, hard pack and moderate climbs and descents... everything any rider likes. This ride is a great way to spend a couple hours if you take your time.
Description
Start off at Mcghies Bike Outpost parking in the center of Blue Diamond and head south through the shaded streets to the trailhead. A couple small washes, then a nice moderate climb will warm you up for the ride ahead.

As you round the foothill on your right you'll have the option left down into the wash or right up out of it. I prefer left for the fun little drop but either way joins in the same place soon. Pedal the mostly flat terrain to "BFR" as it is called locally - a 3 foot conglomerate rock that is easily cleared with a little momentum.

Up and over a rise and around the corner, head south up Lawnmower Saddle and down the other side to Rubber Ducky Trail. You can't miss the namesake Joshua tree full of what else! Rubber Duckies. Continue through this shallow canyon to the Inner Loop Trail.

The Inner Loop will take you down a nice gradual descent to a fairly steep wash into a small rock garden, then on to "Little Daytona", a fast section of red hardpack with exceptional flow. At the top of the hill that follows is an old trail map sign. This is the intersection of Landmine Loop that will take you back to Blue Diamond.

The remainder of this ride will take you through sevral technical rock gardens, steep washes and other fun. At one point, a look off to your left is Bonnie & Clydes old car (so the tail goes).

Be sure to stop in and see Chris at the bike shop - say hi and get a cool drink of something.
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73° | 49°
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Tuesday

72° | 50°
Wednesday

74° | 51°
Thursday

76° | 52°
Recent Conditions
Sep 28
dry and perfect !
Nov 28
Trail was in great shape.
Aug 13
dry
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COMMENTS
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The best trail system in the Vegas area
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This trail has great flowing, winding and rocky singletrack.
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4.0 (7)
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PHOTOS of Blue Diamond Loop
 4.0 from 4 votes
Whooop! Be careful! They're not all rocks!! (Las Vegas, NV)
 3.7 from 3 votes
Duck!! The famous Rubber Ducky tree. (Las Vegas, NV)
 3.7 from 3 votes
Watch out for that rock! (Las Vegas, NV)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Rolling through smooth banked turns (Las Vegas, NV)
 3.0 from 3 votes
The last of the rock garden after dropping into the wash (Las Vegas, NV)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Cruising the Lawnmower Saddle (Las Vegas, NV)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Look Ma...no feet! (Las Vegas, NV)
 2.7 from 3 votes
Top of initial climb for Landmine Loop. Relax, get your lungs back and t... (Las Vegas, NV)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Top of the Inner Loop at the north end. This trail connects with the Lan... (Las Vegas, NV)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Bank left to climb Lawnmower Saddle. Stay straight to continue on the So... (Las Vegas, NV)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Locally referred to as BFR - Big "Friendly"? Rock. A little momentum is ... (Las Vegas, NV)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Rubber Ducky intersection with Inner Loop. Right is north to Lawnmower S... (Las Vegas, NV)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Hang a right to stay on this GPS track or veer left to dropp into the wa... (Las Vegas, NV)
 2.3 from 3 votes
View of the initial climb of Landmine Loop (Las Vegas, NV)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Turn right for Landmine Loop or left for South Cut Trail. I always stay ... (Las Vegas, NV)
 2.3 from 3 votes
This area has a great combination of rock and sand to keep it interesting (Las Vegas, NV)
 2.3 from 3 votes
End of South Cut. Trend left for the Beginner Loop, Turn hard left to In... (Las Vegas, NV)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Rubber Ducky Trail steer left or stay on Inner Loop to the right (Las Vegas, NV)
 2.3 from 3 votes
The Landmine Connect on the right, Landmine Loop on the Left as seen whi... (Las Vegas, NV)
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