22.1 miles
Distance
2,465 ft
Climb
-2,456 ft
Descent
02:46:02
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of The Back 40 Loop Trail
  • past supporters

  • 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, Adaptive MTB
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • 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
    #35471 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #4653 in E-Biking
    • #76385 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    30 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 25 in E-Biking
    • 45 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2016
  • Land Owner

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 opened 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.

Adaptive Bike Info
aMTB 3 Rating: Major obstacles exist. You will not be able to ride this solo. Support rider needed.

Lots of tree gates and narrow off-camber

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More Stats for The Back 40 Loop multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    7 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,006 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,372 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,164 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,171 ft
  • Grade max
    -31.8%
  • Grade min
    30.2%
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    5 miles
  • Avg time
    02:46:02
  • Avg reverse time
    03:15:07
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on Dec 31, 2023
Ideal
Avg: 3.9 (26 votes)
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      The Back 40 Loop Trail Reports

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      Dec 31, 2023 @ 8:41am
      Dec 31, 2023
      Oct 23, 2023 @ 8:18am
      Oct 23, 2023
      Went Counter Clockwise. Couple area's with poor or confusing signs. Did not feel like 2000ish feet of climbing. Good flow, couple area's with...
      Sep 23, 2023 @ 12:29pm
      Sep 23, 2023
      Still wet in quite a few places, but nothing too bad. There was a tree down just west of Bear Hollow trail head
      Sep 18, 2023 @ 7:20am
      Sep 18, 2023
      Jul 27, 2023 @ 8:41am
      Jul 27, 2023
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      • 27 miles avg distance
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      • Last: Feb 19, 2024

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