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Blue Diamond Loop

Intermediate
 4.2 (80) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great 10+ mile ride that encompasses a large portion of the trail system in Cottonwood.


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10.5

Miles

16.8

KM

100%

Singletrack

3,816' 1,163 m

High

3,396' 1,035 m

Low

623' 190 m

Up

624' 190 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Bureau of Land Management Treasures

One of the Bureau of Land Management's "Backyard to Backcountry" treasures, this trail was developed between the Southern Nevada MTB Assoc and the Southern NV BLM office to provide world-class riding experiences.

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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 tale 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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  4.2 from 80 votes

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Photos

I can't take my eyes off Red Rock Canyon when it's covered with snow!
Jan 27, 2017 near Blue Di…, NV
Sunset summer ride, near where the trail forks to Molly's and Puke Hill.
Mar 22, 2016 near Enterprise, NV
Sunset ride.
Jun 3, 2016 near Summerl…, NV
1.7 miles from here back to Blue Diamond.
Jan 27, 2020 near Blue Di…, NV
Lots of Rock garden at Blue Diamond Loop! Fun ride going back to Blue Diamond town
Mar 22, 2016 near Summerl…, NV
Wheelie by the Duckie Trail
Mar 22, 2016 near Enterprise, NV

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Apr 15, 2021
Tyler Jensen
Great trail with a lot of varied terrain from rock gardens to swooping singletrack. Very fun ride!! 10.2mi — 1h 05m
Apr 6, 2021
Carl Lindstrom
5h 36m
Mar 24, 2021
JMA
Jan 21, 2021
Tina Mojzer
Decent trail, a few hike a bikes uphill for me but nothing too long. The on trail signage and names in the app are not the same which was confusing. — 1h 30m
Jan 19, 2021
George Zhouf
Dec 29, 2020
Pierce Bala
Nov 23, 2020
Andrew Ambrus
Such a fun ride, almost all singletrack winding through the desert trees, bushes and cactus. Various jagged rocks throughout the trail. Go clockwise 15mi — 1h 37m
Jun 6, 2020
Fabian A