20.8 miles
Distance
3,660 ft
Climb
-3,660 ft
Descent
02:58:58
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of The Back 40 Loop Trail
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  • Progressive Trail Design
    2016
    Builder

The Back 40 Loop Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Back 40
    Bella Vista, Arkansas
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Year Round
  • Family Friendly
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Bridge, Drop, Jump, Gap Jump, Ladder Bridge, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #20120 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    40 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 60 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2016
  • Land Manager

The Back 40 isn’t simply world-class riding; it’s a testament to the craft and sport. These 40 miles will make you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere but are rideable from Slaughter Pen via the Greenway and Blowing Springs. This trail system is the brain child of six of the country’s most talented trail builders and will open in the fall of 2016.

source: Oz Trails
Access Info

Park at Lake Ann and you will be in the epicenter of this trail system. Your ride will end with a fantastic downhill back to the car from any direction.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for The Back 40 Loop mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude min
    982 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,368 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,162 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,162 ft
  • Grade max
    -61.363%
  • Grade min
    52.622%
  • Distance climb
    10 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
  • Avg time
    02:58:58
  • Avg reverse time
    02:56:37
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Status:
on Jun 1, 2021
Variable
Avg: 3.95 (16 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      The Back 40 Loop Trail Reports

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      Jun 1, 2021 @ 5:57am
      Jun 1, 2021
      Tree down 500 yards north of commonwealth, need chainsaw
      Apr 30, 2021 @ 11:20am
      Apr 30, 2021
      Tree down
      Apr 29, 2021 @ 3:59pm
      Apr 29, 2021
      Flooding rains in the area left lots of mud, slick roots and rocks. Plenty of opportunities to clean gear and bike though...just ride across the...
      Mar 16, 2021 @ 6:50am
      Mar 16, 2021
      Tree down on this trail along Euston Rd. Still high enough to put your butt on your back tire and limbo underneath.
      Oct 1, 2020 @ 1:38pm
      Oct 1, 2020
      Totally fine except about a 1/4 mile portion in "mile 1" that is closed to to construction of a new bike path. Pretty easy to navigate around with...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 21 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 74 rides
      • 27 miles avg distance
      All
      • 282 rides
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      Routes with this trail

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      Back 40 Variety Loop - Ledges and Jumps
      16 miles
      Back 40 Shorter Loop
      11 miles
      The Back 40 loop
      22 miles
      Out in the Back Small Loop
      7 miles

      10 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      rover31 (Sep 10, 2017 at 13:27)
       Dt
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      • + 0
      WimG FOGBP (Jan 3, 2018 at 17:46)
       All in McMansion hell!
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      • + 1
      rm7freerider (Jun 23, 2018 at 21:43)
       Not bad, not crazy epic, but probably some of the best singletrack for several hundred miles in all directions. Down in OKC for work and shot out to Bentonville for some riding. Riding in OKC sucks a lot more. They've done a lot of work to make these trails, so it's to be commended. It's also a lot to upkeep, so I hope that happens too. Trail surface is mostly loose-rock, but machine work has created pretty nice trail tread all-around. Lots of up and down, but grades are all pretty manageable and not too steep. You are never far from a road and you cross the roads several times. Doesn't really feel like you are all that far "out there", but you are still in the forest and you'll see wildlife, which is fun. I did this in about 90 degrees and lots of humidity, but the trees and manageable climbs keep it somewhat in check. I'm kind of between 3 and 4 stars out of 5, as far as rating it. I may check back in with Bentonville and see there's some better stuff, but again, this is decent and some of the best within hundreds of miles.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      Stubby32 (Feb 26, 2019 at 10:34)
       Whats the current trail status? Muddy? Rideable?
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      wmcelwee (Jul 1, 2020 at 18:17)
       Fun trail. Different terrain from what I'm used to back in the mountains of NC. I told a friend it felt, at times, like riding on gravel roads or even scree. Definitely recommend fatter tires, adjusting pressure, bringing extras, etc. for this area. Highly recommend.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      bozack (Jul 10, 2020 at 19:37)
       Is this what a gravel bike is for? Super flowy but featureless. Hope they rough it up a bit because the framework is there.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      mwilkins532 (Sep 8, 2020 at 10:21)
       RODE CCW. This is a fun looo with lots of flow, only 2 or 3 punchy climbs and if you go CCW you get some cook jumps in the beginning. Found a cooler with some heaven in it to boot! Feel like trail forks elevation gain is off by quite a bit, my Garmin and Strava said 2375 ft.
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      Bree33 (Sep 28, 2020 at 14:19)
       Rode ccw. Agree the elevation is way off because we rode some additional miles plus the ledge trail and still came in at just over 3,000 ft for 30 miles. Guessing the loop is more like 2,000.

      This trail is good for a suburban xc ride but not like an epic backcountry trail. I enjoyed it a lot but know what you're getting. It's a great workout. Not technical at all although the ledges trail adds some very good tech.
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      • + 1
      Matthewtcox (Nov 27, 2020 at 17:19)
       Fun trail. It’s not world class, but it’s worth a ride if you have the time. Probably not going to a trail you crave riding over and over. Some sections of good flow. Some grinder climbing at the end of the main loop. The Ledges loop is great.
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      • + 1
      wgwestervelt (May 15, 2021 at 4:00)
       If you like to just ride fast and not look at the map much, this ride is for you. Definitely pay attention to your tires as much or it has some very sharp talus. Its not an epic, but it is a lot of fun and the distance of pure flow makes it a classic.
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