20.4 miles
1,987 ft
-1,983 ft
4,855 ft
High Point

We did this from Blue Diamond trail head (in town), but you could start anywhere on the loop. We preferred to climb in the first half of the ride and descend for the second half of the ride. The ride follows mostly Intermediate (blue) trails, but does have a few greens along the way.

This route climbs up and out of Blue Diamond, over a saddle then towards Late Night trailhead and continues climbing up Badger's Pass to the top of 3 Mile Smile where you turn around and head back down 3 Mile Smile. At the bottom of 3 Mile Smile, continue on around the outer edges of Cottonwood area back to Blue Diamond town. There is a nice restaurant in town next to the bike rental shop that sells drinks and food. Well worth a post-ride stop.

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Blue Diamond - Cottonwood Loop is a 20 mile popular intermediate route located near Las Vegas Nevada. This mountain bike only route and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 10 trails. This route climbs 1,987 ft with a max elevation of 4,855 ft then descends -1,983 ft.
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More Stats for Blue Diamond - Cottonwood Loop mountain bike route
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    3 hr 40 min
  • Altitude min
    3,393 ft
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    3,393 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,396 ft
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  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
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