10.8 miles
Distance
1,512 ft
Climb
-1,305 ft
Descent
4,860 ft
High Point

Badger Pass to 3 Mile Smile to Techno

Detailed Description
Badger Pass to 3 Mile Smile is a 11 mile popular intermediate route located near Las Vegas Nevada. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 7 trails. This route climbs 1,512 ft with a max elevation of 4,860 ft then descends -1,305 ft.
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22 Reviews & Comments

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dkrk279 (May 9, 2022 at 17:56)
Trail 3 Mile Smile
We rode up Cottonwood Pass Road and down 3 Mile Smile. Next time I would probably ride up 3MS and do this as out and back. Been riding this trail since 2003 and for some reason I keep coming back. Oh, I know. It's that good. When you get to the end, ride up Badger Pass and down Techno for ~9 miles of awesome desert singletrack.
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Markinman75 (Mar 22, 2022 at 22:19)
Trail 3 Mile Smile
Whatever the name of this trail.. it’s got a lot going for it. Fairly manageable to ride up and a flat joy to descend.
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hukriede (Dec 28, 2021 at 9:50)
Trail Techno
Decently fun downhill. Nothing overly technical and I would probably rate this as more of a blue-black. We did 3 mile smile and then climbed up again to hit Techno for a decent little loop.
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177cbane (Dec 12, 2020 at 18:32)
Trail Badger Pass
From a beginners perspective, this is a great way to build up climbing endurance. The trail is long but nice and easy. Ride back down if you're not ready for the switchbacks, 3 mile smile, and white rhino.
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177cbane (Dec 12, 2020 at 18:32)
Trail Badger Pass
From a beginners perspective, this is a great way to build up climbing endurance. The trail is long but nice and easy. Ride back down if you're not ready for the switchbacks, 3 mile smile, and white rhino.
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acyclist (Oct 18, 2020 at 23:15)
Totally doable to clean this on the uphill for intermediate riders. Newer riders may want to push a couple sections but overall it's not bad at all thanks to many switchbacks. Typically you will have the steeper sections around the corners and then it levels out until you get to the next turn.
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hkenshin (Sep 18, 2020 at 21:54)
Trail Badger Pass
Horrible gravel grind. The only way you will ever get me to ride this trail again is on a busy weekend to not cause problems to downhill riders. Just ride up WR and 3MS. That route is faster, way more enjoyable a climb, and only has a few steep sections that most intermediate riders can clean.
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hkenshin (Sep 18, 2020 at 21:54)
Trail Badger Pass
Horrible gravel grind. The only way you will ever get me to ride this trail again is on a busy weekend to not cause problems to downhill riders. Just ride up WR and 3MS. That route is faster, way more enjoyable a climb, and only has a few steep sections that most intermediate riders can clean.
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mastergee (Aug 17, 2020 at 13:22)
Trail 3 Mile Smile
trail is not called 3 mile smile, its originally called red valley
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mattstragalus (Nov 18, 2020 at 14:55)
Trail 3 Mile Smile
out at cottonwood, there must be three names for every trail. I thought Red Valley was the name of the now forgotten trail to the east near Wilson Tank.
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Mano1192 (Jan 12, 2020 at 21:59)
Trail 3 Mile Smile
Snow still on the upper half of the trail and really muddy the upper 1/4 of it. Should dry out in a couple of weeks, but still a great flow fun trail no matter the conditions!
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JoeForti (Aug 28, 2019 at 10:16)
Trail Badger Pass
Awesome uphill for those just starting out to test your legs. The downhill is worth the trip up!
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JoeForti (Aug 28, 2019 at 10:16)
Trail Badger Pass
Awesome uphill for those just starting out to test your legs. The downhill is worth the trip up!
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Jameson356 (Jan 27, 2019 at 19:52)
Trail Badger Pass
This is a great trail and gives you two options, either Techno trail or 3 mile smile after a zig zagging descent, but well worth your time and effort!!!
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Jameson356 (Jan 27, 2019 at 19:52)
Trail Badger Pass
This is a great trail and gives you two options, either Techno trail or 3 mile smile after a zig zagging descent, but well worth your time and effort!!!
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Ziasa702 (Jan 8, 2019 at 16:09)
I would not put this as a green trail due to White Rhino in the middle, which is not a beginner hill. It is a great trail though!
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wired00 (Dec 24, 2018 at 18:26)
Trail 3 Mile Smile
Condition is good
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wired00 (Dec 24, 2018 at 18:26)
Trail Techno
Definitely don't ride the wrong way, or you will be hiking up a bunch of it with no reward :-)
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dedmann (Mar 4, 2018 at 19:43)
Trail 3 Mile Smile
Super fast. Watch for hikers and option lines
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Thojo (Dec 30, 2017 at 21:52)
Trail Badger Pass
The reward for BP is 3 Mile Smile! This trail is constant uphill with a slightly hairy downhill switchback at the end. If you've had enough, turn right for half of 3 mile smile or left for more uphill to top of 3MS.
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Thojo (Dec 30, 2017 at 21:52)
Trail Badger Pass
The reward for BP is 3 Mile Smile! This trail is constant uphill with a slightly hairy downhill switchback at the end. If you've had enough, turn right for half of 3 mile smile or left for more uphill to top of 3MS.
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otb4mtb (Sep 20, 2017 at 14:27)
Trail 3 Mile Smile
Recent thunderstorms have lightly washed the trail to pure flowy goodness. Not dusty at all and an all around blast of a ride. A few baby heads to contend with here and there...but that just addsnto the awesomeness of the ride.
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More Stats for Badger Pass to 3 Mile Smile mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    205 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,975 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,062 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,268 ft
  • Grade
    0.4%
  • Grade max
    -36.4%
  • Grade min
    23.5%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,558 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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3 Mile Smile
Feb 4, 2023 @ 3:37pm
2 days
Hero dirt. Not muddy like I was expecting.
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Jan 12, 2023 @ 6:53pm
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