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Blue Diamond Loop

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10.5 Miles 16.8 Kilometers



623' 190 m


-624' -190 m



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Max Grade (6°)

3,816' 1,163 m


3,396' 1,035 m


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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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.


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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Mar 15, 2019
Anne Bo
from late night trailhead 13mi
Mar 12, 2019
Jim Hanson
Mar 1, 2019
Andy Houston
Jan 9, 2019
Paul Chinn
1,500 feet 16mi
Dec 24, 2018
Ryan Reedom
Dec 19, 2018
Micah McAllaster
Nov 24, 2018
Chris Costello
Nov 19, 2018
Sung Baek
Made a few wrong turns, the front side is rocky with little climbs, the back side is flat/fast/sandy and the return is a slight downhill. 13.7mi

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  4.2 from 62 votes


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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
liveit P
Mammoth Lakes, Ca
liveit P   Mammoth Lakes, Ca
Started at the Late Night Parking Area and had a blast riding this loop. The trail builders did a great job using the minimal elevation gain/loss. Tons of great undulations, awesome downhills, great views, and enjoyable climbs. I added on part of the 3-Mile Smile after and it was a great linkup. Oct 27, 2018

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