33.6 miles
2,626 ft
-2,641 ft
4,507 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.

Detailed Description
BCT: Orme - Copper Mtn. Loop is a 34 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 2 trails. This route climbs 2,626 ft with a max elevation of 4,507 ft then descends -2,641 ft.
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11 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
schillingsworth TRAILFORKS (Mar 26, 2022 at 15:44)
Northern end of this segment has 4.5 miles of singletrack now between Russian Well and Orme Rd. This segment should start seeing more traffic as the BCT gets extended north. As of March 2022, there are another 7.5 miles of singletrack north of Orme Rd. to the junction with the General Crook Trail.
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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?
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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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patwoods (Jun 28, 2020 at 21:20)
Nah. It has potential, but it needs a lot of work to make it a decent mtb trail. Cat claw and thistle are tall enough to be troublesome, and there are a lot of loose rocks that want to send your wheels sideways. There's no real payoff for all the work you do. It's probably a fine horse trail tho.
  • + 0
Zrcrazy (May 10, 2020 at 13:04)
No Ebike Why???
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TacoBeer (Dec 30, 2018 at 19:04)
Fun challenging trail, not for beginners. Trail is pretty good untill after the green gate, then it has lots of catclaws. I cut back plenty but still needs some more work. Easy to loose the trail due to the cow paths so be aware and look ahead for karens. Stop at the delapated rock cabin then head back. Not worth ridding north of the cabin, it's all dirt road.
  • + 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
Sedounut (Dec 18, 2018 at 16:31)
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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: Orme - Copper Mtn. Loop mountain bike route
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Copper Mtn. Loop
Aug 11, 2022 @ 9:55pm
Aug 11, 2022
Minor Water drainage issue, standing water on trail surface. It's monsoon season, there are side effects with torrential downpours. :-) Amazingly enough, this trail is in remarkably good shape. Was able to ride through everything. Lot's of fun.
BCT - Russian Well
Apr 10, 2021 @ 4:04pm
Apr 10, 2021
Did all of the new trail this time. Met members of the Black Canyon Trail Coalition doing maintenance. The trail needs more riders. The weeds at the Northern trailhead are obscuring the trail. Bicycles horses and hikers are in need to pack the new section to keep the weeds back. It is a nice trail good work BCTC.
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