Today we are riding The Hurl & Landmine Loop in the Cottonwood Valley trail system of Blue Diamond Nevada (outside of Vegas).
The Hurl was a VERY, VERY loose climb that forced us to walk more than ride the uphill portion of the trail. Once we finally reached the top, the downhill was some loose, semi technical low grade down. It was fun to practice loose rock turns.
The technical part of The Hurl wasn’t actually very technical. If you are used to riding in Moab or Sedona, you’ll find this to be more of a blue trail. It’s still fun (after the climb), but it’s definitely more of a blue.
The Landmine Loop was as cross country as it gets for mountain biking. It was a fun loop that you can really pour your fitness into. I would guess that the locals try to set speed records on this trail all the time. In fact, Emily crashed and the one guy that passed us didn’t even ask if she was ok. I’m thinking he was trying to best his record and didn’t want to slow down. He looked like a road biker!
Blue Diamond has a lot to offer when it comes to mountain biking! It’s definitely worth a stop for the riding and a coffee (or lunch) at the Cottonwood Station Eatery!
Not to mention, we saw a bunch of donkeys and a few very large bighorn sheep! See video!
Links from episode:
- Trailforks info – The Hurl and Landmine Loop combination that we rode
- Cottonwood Valley trail system
- Cottonwood Station Eatery
- Camping at Red Rocks
- This Week in Van Life – VEGAS – CrossFit – Mountain Biking – Red Rocks Canyon