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Blue Diamond Loop

 4.2 (52)

10.2 Miles 16.3 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

714' 218 m

Ascent

-714' -218 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

3,820' 1,164 m

High

3,395' 1,035 m

Low

Shared By Markk Knowles

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

Markk Knowles

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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Sep 17, 2018
Lucas Gebin
Sep 1, 2018
Cesar Lugo
8mi
Aug 27, 2018
Gus T
Did landmine starting at bike shop. Rode up to mustang (beginner) loop. Rode back to landmine did a huge circle amazing route. All sorts of obstacles. 13.8mi
Jul 23, 2018
Christian Ruh
Very fun tech climb at the beginning, will beat you a little but still fun. Had to turn back after heading on Landmind for a little because the heat. 3mi
Jun 9, 2018
Levi Limas
Awesome way to explore the desert! Start early cause it gets hot by 10am. If you're new to the trail, bring a map cause you can easily get lost. 15mi — 1h 45m
May 26, 2018
Katherine Sjoberg
May 9, 2018
Alexander Jonathan
90 temp and sunny 10.2mi
Apr 21, 2018
Hamed Ghadiri

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  4.2 from 52 votes

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Navigating out here as a first timer is a hot mess. Signage in some places, none in others. And worse yet, signs on the ground in some places (where they exist) do not match trail names listed here on mtbproject. Trails are a ton of fun otherwise. Mar 14, 2016
Saw the biggest desert rattler of my life on that pile of rocks next to the parking area of 160. Dec 19, 2016
The trail monitors are still out there trying clean up TRASH, which the ducks are. This is a National CONSERVATION Area and if mt. bikers are truly environmental friendly would realize this. It's no different from Christmas tree pass. Enjoy the scenery and don't pollute. This behavior encourages other destructive uses such as graffiti, unnecessary rock stacking, etc. Jun 17, 2018

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