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
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    3,729 ft
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      Copper Mtn. Loop
      Mar 24, 2019 @ 1:37pm
      Mar 24, 2019
      Very enjoyable XC trail with great views and interesting geological features around Copper Mt. Dry and pock marked with cow hoof prints in many sections. Cat claw wasn't too bad but will be worse when the growing season kicks in. The only technical bits were a couple of steep loose uphill switchbacks riding CW. Riding CCW there's nothing of note.
      BCT Russian Well
      Dec 2, 2018 @ 7:54am
      Dec 2, 2018
      Not maintained, prepare to get bloody shins.
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