15.1 miles
1,260 ft
-1,266 ft
4,414 ft
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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.

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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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Avg: 5 (2 votes)
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Copper Mtn. Loop
Jul 3, 2021 @ 11:24am
Jul 3, 2021
From Big Bug TH out on BCT (Russian Well) up over Old Sycamore Road down to first junction, rode Cooper Mtn Loop CW. We both thought CW was superior to CCW. CW has a couple steep switchbacks through interesting rocks and formations, but once you've paid, its rolling flow play with mild climbs and a stunning rock outcrop formation withing 1/4 of the highest point. Got crossed up at the stout bright green road gate (go through it, don't go past it!). The terrain is desolate with grand vistas and almost zero shade cover. It was over 85 degrees at 10 miles in and we were diving under the few trees that could provide respite from the sun. But not terrible. But in the summer, be on pedals no later than 7am! THIS TRAIL IS SUPER FUN! Some of the longest sustained rolling flow around. Nothing in Sedona compares. Big Park Loop comes close to the flow but is a 1/3rd of the distance this place offers. You get treated to multiple miles of top gear speed. It's so fun! The trail conditions are supreme. Zero sign of horses. Maybe 15 tiny cat claw intrusions. Didn't need protection for them. Very compacted, loose in washes as you'd expect. No sand but for one dry creek crossing. Climbing the couple switchbacks CW has some fun rock junkets (blue trail all the way). This is on BLM land so is open when the forests are closed for fire season.
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