“A tour of Camp Beal Springs and its unforgiving terrain.”
— Vance Fast
This trail maximizes the best riding of Kingman.
Need to Know
Rattlesnakes and cactus hurt real bad. I hit a cactus so hard that I am still picking the needles out.
First, start by climbing the north side of Beale Loop
and get ready to hate life because this is a rocky mess of a trail with short. steep bursts with loose rock. I learned a few new ways to describe this terrain with an extensive use of words that start with F.
Then hit Castle Rock Trail
, which gives you a break from obnoxious rocks and continuous climbing. A nice bit of up then down but still mad from the initial climb, and you might be hoping you'll die rather than finish this loop because you keep climbing. At the end of the end of the trail, turn around and head down Badger Trail
and get ready to shred! Wait, nope, you got one more hill you have to climb before anything pays off.
Finally, you get to the downhill. Stop to put your shocks in pleasure mode and get ready to shred. Enjoy whipping down the side of the mountain that just keeps going. I was, honestly, impressed how long I got to go downhill coming from Breckenridge last week. That said, it definitely could use some jumps and banked corners.
Did you enjoy the downhill? Because now you are going to keep climbing until you reach the top of Sidewinder Trail
, which you expect to be nice and groomed like the pictures show. Nope, this is a washed-out mess of a trail that will make you hate gravity. But you are nearly there.
Head up to the main junction and head north on Rattler Trail
if you want an extra climb and loop around Castle Rock Trail
one more time to enjoy a long downhill on Rattler Trail
. Rattler Trail
is a fun mess of rocks that you can't get going that fast on due to their positioning. But enjoy it for what it is and ride it all the way back to the parking lot. Don't forget to give Beale Loop
the finger in your passing.
History & Background
Camp Beale Springs is an old military fort from the wild west.