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Dead Horse Loop



9.1 mile 14.6 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,244' 379 m
Descent: -722' -220 m
High: 4,993' 1,522 m
Low: 4,337' 1,322 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)


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Trail shared by Markk Knowles

Good mountain biking in the south western most portion of Cottonwood.

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**See the note at the end of this description**

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.

**NOTE** That all said, In my personal opinion it is much more fun to ride up Red Valley (3 Mile Smile) and ride this route from the top. With one exception that is the way I ride it every time.


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Dec 18, 2019
Paul Chinn
MTB after Drake Las Vegas Update Class
May 27, 2019
Jason Lampenrider
Mar 30, 2019
Randy Taylor
Jan 31, 2019
Bikeheidi Bikeheidi
Nov 13, 2018
Hiro Protagonist
So so. Hard to navigate. MCR.
Jun 17, 2018
Lucy Fagan
Jan 21, 2018
Joe Thompson
Via Badger Pass to upper 3 Mile Smile. Road DHL down. Trail not well marked passed initial stages and ended up dumped back on Cottonwood Valley Road 14.7mi
Jan 11, 2018
Justin Field

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Red Rock seen from Dead Horse trail
Apr 19, 2016 near Enterprise, NV
Dead Horse Trail end.
Apr 19, 2016 near Enterprise, NV
Landscape on east side of Dead Horse Trail.
Apr 19, 2016 near Enterprise, NV
Spring life along the Dead Horse Trail.
Apr 19, 2016 near Enterprise, NV
Awesome view over Wilsons Tank Overlook with Las Vegas in the background
Jul 22, 2013 near Enterprise, NV
A great section of trail on Dead Horse Loop
Jul 22, 2013 near Enterprise, NV


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