This ride was suggested by the owner of a local bike shop and I liked it so much, I had to share it!
This loop covers a lot of ground and is a fantastic way to get acquainted with what the area has to offer. The first and last parts are on the road but serve as a good warm up and cool down. Apart from that, it's really fun trail riding with a few exciting sections.
There are several parking spots where you can start this ride from. We chose the parking lot at the Chuckwagon
trailhead off of Long Canyon rd. because it splits up the distance you have to ride on the road.
Head North on Long Canyon rd. for about half a mile to the Long Canyon trailhead. Go left on Long Canyon Trail
for 1 mile until you hit the Deadmans Pass
trail and go left. This section is a bit more difficult and is in a great setting with the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness Area to the north. After about 1.3 miles you'll hit the Boynton Canyon trailhead and parking lot. Continue straight onto Aerie
. Climbing up Doe Mtn. is definitely the most exciting stretch, as the trail gets quite narrow in spots and is situated on a pretty steep slope. Enjoy the exposure and take in the views.
After you cross the Doe Mtn. trail, stay on Aerie
for another .7 miles until you come to the Aerie
trailhead. Here, you continue onto the Cockscomb
Trail. The next section is pretty chill for the most part, with a few rocky descents. After 2.5 miles you'll come to a confusing intersection where Cockscomb
meets the Dawa Trail
. The Dawa Trail
will come in from the right and then split off from Cockscomb
to the right. The mobile app will be helpful here to make sure you are on the correct leg of Dawa Trail
. In a little less than one mile you'll reach the Dawa Trail
and Boynton Pass rd. Take a right onto the road and then continue straight onto Long Canyon rd to get back to your car!