21.7 miles
Distance
2,782 ft
Climb
-2,790 ft
Descent
4,544 ft
High Point

First, start by Climbing the north side of Beale Loop and get ready to hate life because this is a rocky mess of a trail with short steep burst with loose rock. I learned a few new ways to describe this terrain with a extensive use of words that start with F. Then hit Castle Rock Trail which gives you a break from obnoxious rocks and continuos climbing. A nice bit of up then down but still mad from the initial climb and you might be hoping you die rather than finish this loop because you keep climbing. At the end of the end of the trail, turn around, and head down Badger Trail and get ready to shred Wait nope you got one more hill you have to climb before anything pays off. Finally, you get to downhill stop put your shocks in pleasure mode and get ready to shred enjoy whipping down the side of the mountain that just keeps going. I was honestly, impressed how long I got to go downhill coming from Breckenridge last week. It definitely could use some jumps and banked corners.

Did you enjoy the downhill? Because now you are going to keep climbing until you reach the top of Sidewinder Trail which you expect to be nice and groomed like the pictures show. Nope, this is a washed out mess of a trail that will make you hate gravity. But you are nearly there head up to the main junction and head north on Rattler Trail if you want an extra climb and loop around Castle Rock Trail one more time to enjoy a long downhill on Rattler Trail. Rattler Trail is a fun mess of rocks that you can't get going that fast on due to their positioning. But enjoy it for what it is and ride it all the way back to the parking lot. Don't forget to give Beale Loop the finger in your passing.

Detailed Description
Beal Banger is a 22 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Kingman Arizona. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 10 trails. This route climbs 2,782 ft with a max elevation of 4,544 ft then descends -2,790 ft.
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22 Reviews & Comments

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robertellisw (Jan 20, 2021 at 18:22)
Horrible "trail." Barely rideable. Wouldn't recommend it. I had to turn around because the trail disappeared. The fun trails are across 93...don't let the blue and green ratings fool you. Very fast and flowy.
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robertellisw (Jan 20, 2021 at 18:22)
Horrible "trail." Barely rideable. Wouldn't recommend it. I had to turn around because the trail disappeared. The fun trails are across 93...don't let the blue and green ratings fool you. Very fast and flowy.
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robertellisw (Jan 20, 2021 at 18:19)
Alot of loose gravel and large, loose rocks. Found a flow here and there, but not super fun. Wouldn't ride it again. Surprisingly, the blues and greens across the 93 are suuuuuuper fun and flowy.
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robertellisw (Jan 20, 2021 at 18:19)
Alot of loose gravel and large, loose rocks. Found a flow here and there, but not super fun. Wouldn't ride it again. Surprisingly, the blues and greens across the 93 are suuuuuuper fun and flowy.
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klockwood (Sep 12, 2020 at 11:47)
Trail is not very rideable because it is so rocky and we kept losing the trail at points.
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klockwood (Sep 12, 2020 at 11:47)
Trail is not very rideable because it is so rocky and we kept losing the trail at points.
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spokesmanmtb (Aug 21, 2020 at 7:25)
This is a super fun trail. I rode it in August 2020, and I strongly advise that you ride this trail at or before sunrise in the summer months. It was crazy hot. It’s 7:24 AM right now, and it’s 95°.

The trail is challenging, but not overly so. There are some short sections that are steep and Rocky, and they are a lot of fun to try and clear. I didn’t clear all of them…

The down hills are technical and, for someone with little experience, could be dangerous. Overall, it gets a black rating, but it might just be a difficult blue. I guess it depends on where you’re from.
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spokesmanmtb (Aug 21, 2020 at 7:25)
This is a super fun trail. I rode it in August 2020, and I strongly advise that you ride this trail at or before sunrise in the summer months. It was crazy hot. It’s 7:24 AM right now, and it’s 95°.

The trail is challenging, but not overly so. There are some short sections that are steep and Rocky, and they are a lot of fun to try and clear. I didn’t clear all of them…

The down hills are technical and, for someone with little experience, could be dangerous. Overall, it gets a black rating, but it might just be a difficult blue. I guess it depends on where you’re from.
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DataLaForge (Apr 6, 2020 at 10:08)
Trail Badger
This is a challenging climb and the best way to get to the Castlerock trail, which is outstanding.
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DataLaForge (Sep 21, 2019 at 11:00)
Trail Rattler
Rattler is beautiful! It looked really fresh when I rode it today. The trail gods be praised.
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DataLaForge (Sep 21, 2019 at 11:00)
Trail Rattler
Rattler is beautiful! It looked really fresh when I rode it today. The trail gods be praised.
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Thomasbenko (May 31, 2018 at 10:05)
Great flow over Mtn ranges with amazing views. Use as a connector to make a nice loop
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Thomasbenko (May 31, 2018 at 10:05)
Great flow over Mtn ranges with amazing views. Use as a connector to make a nice loop
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Thomasbenko (May 31, 2018 at 10:04)
Trail Sidewinder
Nice as a dh as a loop. I think it’s better down than up. Tight turns, well made make it nicer down!
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Thomasbenko (May 31, 2018 at 10:03)
Trail Badger
Not such a back route for uphill. Most is blue rated and dh it can be a black with speed. Go ride!
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dedmann (Apr 18, 2017 at 9:47)
Trail Badger
a must do for big mountain enthusiasts
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azandy (Oct 8, 2016 at 16:14)
Trail Rattler
I rode this trail last Wed. 10-5-2016.
If you drive past this trail to ride some ware else you loose! This is as pristine as it gets. The Colorado Area Trail Alliance deserves huge Kudos for the work they have done on this trail. I climbed the Beale Loop to the top of Rattler the view was amazing. Then started down Rattler. Single track the way it should be, fast and flowy, technical,some exposure and incredible vistas! I forgot my pump and had to pull into the local bike shop to borrow one. They were very helpful and know the area well. I rode here a long time ago Beale was the only loop...I will not ever drive past without riding again.
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azandy (Oct 8, 2016 at 16:14)
Trail Rattler
I rode this trail last Wed. 10-5-2016.
If you drive past this trail to ride some ware else you loose! This is as pristine as it gets. The Colorado Area Trail Alliance deserves huge Kudos for the work they have done on this trail. I climbed the Beale Loop to the top of Rattler the view was amazing. Then started down Rattler. Single track the way it should be, fast and flowy, technical,some exposure and incredible vistas! I forgot my pump and had to pull into the local bike shop to borrow one. They were very helpful and know the area well. I rode here a long time ago Beale was the only loop...I will not ever drive past without riding again.
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KatzT (Dec 19, 2016 at 8:14)
Trail Rattler
Thanks! We worked our butts off earlier this year to complete the trail. Glad you enjoyed it.
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KatzT (Dec 19, 2016 at 8:14)
Trail Rattler
Thanks! We worked our butts off earlier this year to complete the trail. Glad you enjoyed it.
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dedmann (Jun 26, 2016 at 21:45)
Trail Rattler
I'm already confused.
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dedmann (Jun 26, 2016 at 21:45)
Trail Rattler
I'm already confused.
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  • Difficulty rating
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  • Route Type
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  • Direction
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  • Physical rating
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More Stats for Beal Banger mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    3,461 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,625 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,619 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade max
    -40.4%
  • Grade min
    47.9%
  • Distance climb
    10 miles
  • Distance down
    11 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,528 ft
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Optional stepdown gap over a cholla cactus. 12 feet to the back side, with room to go deeper. Rider: Edwin the owner of LBS, The SpokesMann
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