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.
Route Supporters
Local Trail Association
Please consider joining or donating to the local riding association to support trail development & maintenance.
donate to earn trail karma!

11 Reviews & Comments

We hope you've been enjoying Trailforks!

Create a FREE account to view route comments and much more.

Trails in Route


  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
  • Ridelogs
More Stats for BCT: Orme - Copper Mtn. Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    3,760 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,038 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,022 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    16 miles
  • Distance down
    14 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
Avg: 5 (2 votes)
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Flow (Ridden Direction)
Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. A good flowing trail network will have most trails flowing in a single direction according to their intension.
The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.
  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
  • bi-directional trail
  • no data
Trail Last Ridden
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine the last time a trail was ridden.
  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intended direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
Contribute Details
Colors indicate trail is missing specified detail.
  • Description
  • Photos
  • Description & Photos
  • Videos
Trail Popularity ?
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine which trails are ridden the most in the last 9 months. Trails are compared with nearby trails in the same city region with a possible 25 colour shades. Think of this as a heatmap, more rides = more kinetic energy = warmer colors.
  • most popular
  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular
Max Vehicle Width

Radar Time
x Activity Recordings
Trailforks users anonymized public ridelogs from the past 6 months.
  • mountain biking recent
  • mountain biking (>6 month)
  • hiking (1 year)
  • moto (1 year)
Activity Recordings
Trailforks users anonymized public skilogs from the past 12 months.
  • Downhill Ski
  • Backcountry Ski
  • Nordic Ski
  • Snowmobile
Winter Trails
Warning A routing network for winter maps does not exist. Selecting trails using the winter trails layer has been disabled.
x Missing Trails
Most Popular
Least Popular
Trails are colored based on popularity. The more popular a trail is, the more red. Less popular trails trend towards green.
Jump Magnitude Heatmap
Heatmap of where riders jump on trails. Zoom in to see individual jumps, click circles to view jump details.
Trails Deemphasized
Trails are shown in grey.
Only show trails with NO bikes.

Save the current map location and zoom level as your default home location whenever this page is loaded.

Trail transparency
BCT | The FIRST but not the LAST - Arizona
BCT | The FIRST but not the LAST - Arizona
14:37 | 61 | comments: 0 | favs:
Mar 27, 2023

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Copper Mtn. Loop
Jul 24, 2023 @ 8:50am
Jul 24, 2023
Awesome trail conditions, even around 95 degrees!
BCT - Russian Well
Jan 13, 2023 @ 4:31am
Jan 13, 2023
Dirt is perfect right now. NE end is a little under used, but it’s riding fast with good traction.
more reports »
  • By schillingsworth TRAILFORKS & contributors
  • #7712 - 1,569 views