3 miles
1,096 ft
-981 ft
Avg time

Backcountry Loop Details

  • Riding area
    Hidden Valley
    Reno, Nevada
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    Washoe County

Might be a converted horse trail, might be some kind of moto track, or might just be built for runners. Regardless, if you like this trail you're probably some kind of weird masochist with a twisted sense of fun.

Riding the entire loop clockwise is probably the most doable, but the downhill will be a short brake-locker. Riding counter-clockwise will present you with extremely steep hike-a-bike style climbs, and reward with a longer more flowy downhill. Its hard to say which direction is truly best, but unless you're superhuman you'll probably walk some of the uphill either way.

Parts of the trail have been beaten up by horses, and multiple tracks exist from their trampling. Also, watch out for large piles of crap in the trail...especially on the lower/faster sections.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Backcountry Loop mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    115 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,688 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,691 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,688 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,804 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    868 ft
  • Avg time
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on Apr 4, 2018
Avg: 3.65 (3 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to backcountry-loop trailhead (39.482450, -119.708109)
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Backcountry Loop Trail Reports

Apr 4, 2018 @ 4:42pm
Apr 4, 2018
Pretty good condition overall, brutal climbs. Ride it clockwise, regardless of what MTB Project says..
Oct 8, 2017 @ 9:07am
Oct 8, 2017
Off camber and very washed out sections.
Mar 26, 2017 @ 8:02pm
Mar 26, 2017
Fallen tree but good condition otherwise.
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4 Reviews & Comments

  • + 2
flag koraapbt BLTS (Mar 27, 2017 at 21:50)
 Next time I would try riding this backwards. You would have to be very fit to ride 75% of this ascent. I spent a lot of time hike-a-biking.
  • + 1
flag jeffgicklhorn SDMB (Mar 29, 2017 at 12:44)
 Which direction did you ride it?
  • + 0
flag Avaughn (Jun 10, 2017 at 6:44)
 I rode from the green square to red square and would agree with a lot of hike biking, but the trade-off is having a nice prolonged descent.
  • + 0
flag ldecker1025 (May 19, 2018 at 8:32)
 Conditions are prime! Definitely ride clockwise.

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