34 miles
3,395 ft
-3,396 ft
4,511 ft
High Point

This is a CCW loop on the Black Canyon Trail (Russian Well segment) and the Copper Mountain Loop trail. 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 until is crosses Old Sycamore Rd. The road start may give a better warmup. At the giant green Xm gate and look for the singletrack on the right, 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.

The first half of this ride is on graded dirt roads. At the Orme Rd. trailhead (no services) the BCT begins as a semi-rugged double-track. Singletrack begins near Russian Well.

*Notes: A GPS is recommended as some of the northern stretches of BCT singletrack is often more faint than the game trails in the area. Catclaw may be present, cover up!! Better yet, bring some clippers!! There may also be a couple of water crossings at Brushy Wash & the Agua Fria River, water levels are typically low enough for easy crossing.

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More Stats for BCT: Orme - Copper Mtn. Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    3,729 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,015 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,014 ft
  • Grade
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  • Distance climb
    16 miles
  • Distance down
    15 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Trail Conditions
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

BCT Russian Well
Dec 2, 2018 @ 7:54am
Dec 2, 2018
Not maintained, prepare to get bloody shins.
Copper Mtn. Loop
Aug 26, 2018 @ 10:11am
Aug 26, 2018
Much of the trail is overgrown with Cat's Claw. The grass is also high in certain places making trail-finding more difficult. The are a few wash crossings that have been washed out.
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