There is a $2 daily entrance fee for visitors age 13 and older.
Rocky Ledges Loop begins with a moderate descent from the park's entrance, followed by a flat section of dirt and grass. Things soon get interesting. Take a left to stay on the trail (clockwise flows better with only one ledge you'll need to hike-a-bike over—unless you have wings). The rest of the step-ups, lunges, or drops are all clearable with a dash of courage and chutzpah.
Starting out, you'll climb a loose and twisty trail to reach the "hike-a-ledge" pretty early on. It's easily recognizable since it's basically a big washed-out ledge with a redstone whisper of WTF etched into its soul. Climb over this and decide if you want to give it a run/drop in the other direction for kicks before moving on.
Next, you'll roll through a couple mini-basins. Keep good momentum to get up the obstacles (some rocks may be camouflaged by the overgrowth). After that, there's a brief descent and then a technical step-up that immediately turns into an awkward crevice/turn to the left into a quick, rocky and technical descent. If you've got the skills, you can probably maneuver this without scouting in advance. If you're riding alone, you might wanna take a looksie and plan your line first. Either way, you'll need momentum to get up and over, but not too much or you may tumble down into a world of pain (the drop isn't that bad, just off-camber).
Now, you'll get into the fun descent. Careful with your speed as it's loose and wild up there. The first notable drop has a big rock stuck in the middle of the landing, with little clearance to the right (an even bigger rock) and a big drop-off to the left. Same as before, if you got the skills and confidence, go for it. Otherwise, this is another pause to do some risk-assessment.
Fun, fast and less technical after that, then you'll come to the final drop-line. You can definitely hit it straight on and catch some nice air, or take a more ziggzaggy line with less air.
Now you're back to the main MTB trail which allows you to loop back and try again! Or you can continue on. The outer Bull Canyon Loop is fun -- a couple fast, bumpy descents both directions. Intermediate. The rest of the MTB trails at Copper Breaks are multi-use -- flatter, mix of grass and dirt...perhaps more interesting as a trail run, hike, or horseback ride. That said, if you're riding with a beginners' crew or looking to cover some easy, non-technical XC miles, these trails will give you a nice tour of the park. You can easily put together 15+mi out and back.
Shared By: Derek Hansen