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Summerlin/Las Vegas Bear's Best trail

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This is a great fast cross-country mountain bike ride on a brand NEW trail in Vegas. This trail is a little raw (did I mention it's new?) but that much more fun and a little challenging for that same reason!

Elevation total: 918
Distance total: 8.75 miles
Average climb: 3.3%
Steepest climb: 21.5%
I've shredded some tubes on this trail with a few pinches, so don't be afraid to put a few extra pounds in your rear tire.

The Details
It's heating up in Vegas, but definitely not too hot to ride!

For this trail I park in the parking lot at RC Willey in Summerlin.  Head directly southwest across the dirt lot onto Town Center drive... and then cruise along until the fire road peels off on the right. It's immediately after the paved road into Bear's Best golf course.  The GPS plot shows it well.

The first half mile or so are just there to warm up - it's a very poorly maintained fire road.  You'll work on your technical climbing and boulder dodging as you make your way to the single-track.

The path I've mapped starts out with a warmup on a paved trail, which turns into fire road and then, finally, converts into sweet, sweet single-track.

The fun begins. The trail starts out dropping you through a drainage basin, then funnels you through a ton of of tight flattish switchbacks and long, swooping curves.  Eventually you get into the hills, and your path will have some nice 1-2 foot drops.  Getting tired?  Look for a bench to take a rest and rehydrate about 5 miles in. 

This is a great cross country experience for the entire single-track route.  No long climbs, and no really hairy descents.

The trail builders have built in at least 3 bridges, and there are a number of really neat slickrock sections as well. 

The trail makes a great out-and-back, but I dropped out onto a fire road and rode out on a ridge.

Here's the elevation plot and the map (click for larger):

A great fast ride, and kudos to the trail designer. 

Here's the GPX file of a very short loop, and here's a longer one.

Chris Hall,
May 31, 2011, 10:48 PM
Chris Hall,
Jun 6, 2011, 2:20 PM
Chris Hall,
May 31, 2011, 6:45 PM
Chris Hall,
May 31, 2011, 6:45 PM