15.1 miles
1,260 ft
-1,266 ft
4,414 ft
High Point

This is a lollipop type loop on the Black Canyon Trail (Southern Russian Well segment) and the Copper Mountain Loop trail. The loop portion is best ridden in a CCW direction. The beginning of this ride can be done on the dirt road, as published, or simply stay on the BCT heading north from the Big Bug Trailhead. The road start may give a better warmup. You'll ride past the exit of the Copper Mtn. Loop heading north. Go through the giant green Xm gate and look for the singletrack on the left, this is the beginning or northern end of the Copper Mtn. Loop. This trail was built for mountain biking, typical BCT climbing grades and fun downhills await.

Detailed Description
BCT: Copper Mtn. Loop is a 15 mile popular intermediate route located near Mayer Arizona. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 1 trails. This route climbs 1,260 ft with a max elevation of 4,414 ft then descends -1,266 ft.
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7 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
aobbard (Jan 25, 2022 at 11:22)
January 2022, trail in great shape, appears to be well-maintained. Fun singletrack loop through pretty hills. Going CCW this loop is all green until the last ~1.5 miles, then blue due to some rocks and bit of exposure. Not difficult, but fun.
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Joebarrett (Jan 1, 2021 at 20:49)
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EndoMan2000 (Oct 29, 2020 at 11:00)
Ummm, because ebikes don't belong on non-motorized singletrack?
  • + 1
gobeezer (May 30, 2021 at 22:34)
Interested to know why you feel ebikes don't belong on singletrack, particularly e-mountain bikes with pedal-assist that drops off around 18mph. Seems like those fall within the same size, riding style, speed and weight range as other bikes (as variations in rider fitness and weight are already more significant).
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Zrcrazy (May 10, 2020 at 13:04)
No Ebike Why???
  • + 1
TacoBeer (Dec 30, 2018 at 18:57)
Best to do CCW. Starting from the green gate it's very smooth gradual climb. It's a bit of a boring beginner type trail to the next gate to just under 5 miles. Then the trail gets tougher with lots of catclaw but easily ridable with shin guards. Still fun overall and worth doing. Help with some trail clearing and bring clippers to cut back some catclaws.
  • + 1
watertight (Dec 2, 2018 at 7:55)
Could be a great trail but is severely overgrown, doesn't appear to be maintained. Prepare to get bloody shins.

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More Stats for BCT: Copper Mtn. Loop mountain bike route
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    3,914 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,025 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,022 ft
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    7 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
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    2 miles
Avg: 4.35 (3 votes)
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Copper Mtn. Loop
Mar 17, 2023 @ 11:24am
Mar 17, 2023
Just a little mud at the start of the ride. The rest of the trail was nice and tacky. Did it counter clockwise like the recommendations. Some technical rocky sections with exposure on the last of the downhill. The trail in general is rocky high desert riding so you may want to take a little air out of your tires. Fun trail. Good workout with nice views and cool terrain.
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