16.5 miles
Distance
1,540 ft
Climb
-1,548 ft
Descent
4,860 ft
High Point

Route for intermediate riders

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BB Route: Cottonwood Valley - Intermediate is a 16 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Las Vegas Nevada. This mountain bike only route and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 3 trails. This route climbs 1,540 ft with a max elevation of 4,860 ft then descends -1,548 ft.
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9 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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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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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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wired00 (Dec 24, 2018 at 18:26)
Trail 3 Mile Smile
Condition is good
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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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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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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    15
More Stats for BB Route: Cottonwood Valley - Intermediate mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -9 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,754 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,959 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,950 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -16.6%
  • Grade min
    35.9%
  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,989 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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3 Mile Smile
Jan 24, 2023 @ 3:52pm
Jan 24, 2023
The trail has a few wet/muddy spots above Badger. A couple areas are washed out pretty bad from overuse when muddy. I walked my bike around these areas.
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Dec 20, 2022 @ 1:46am
Dec 20, 2022
Badger Pass Climb
Nov 25, 2022 @ 11:35pm
Nov 25, 2022
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