Day 7 -Drive from Flagstaff to Henderson via Bootleg Canyon

Bootleg Canyon trails -> West leg -> Caldera -> Girl scout -> Mother -> POW ->Par Non -> Lake View -> Girl Scout -> Boy Scout, Mountain Bike Singletrack trail rides

(Boulder City, Nevada)

 
 
 
 
 
 
Fairfield Inn Flagstaff - Click to Enlarge Fairfield Inn Flagstaff - Click to Enlarge Fairfield Inn Flagstaff - Click to Enlarge

I got up fairly early and packed after having breakfast at the Hotel, today I was going to drive from Flagstaff to Henderson in Nevada. The Fairfield Inn had yet again proved to be a good place to stay nice and quiet and a very comfortable bed.

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View of Sunset peaks from Hotel Car Park

This is the route I took to get to Henderson, along the way I stopped at Kingman to fill up with Fuel and buy some snacks , and I stopped off at Boot Leg canyon to do some mountain biking near Boulder city. I drove about 250 miles from Flagstaff to my Hotel at Henderson.

Flagstaff -> Henderson route - Click to Enlarge

Driving Route - Flagstaff to Vegas

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The drive was fairly uneventful on long straight roads, to get to boulder city I drove over the Hoover dam, it looked as if they were building a new road to bypass the dam.

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Once I had found the Bootleg Canyon trail head, I unpacked my bike and got ready to ride. As I set off on my ride I met a local rider and he joined me for the ride. We started out the ride heading up West Leg trail. Bootleg Canyon Trails - Click to Enlarge
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West Leg Trail looking back

The west leg trail was pretty smooth and not that wide and climbed up towards the Caldera trail, with some ups and downs, and off camber trail sections.

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West Leg Trail Video (11 MB)

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Towards end of West Leg Trail

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Bootleg Canyon Singletrack (18MB)

At then end of the west leg trail we headed along the inner Caldera trail, the Caldera trail had more rocky sections than the West Leg trail.

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Its steeper than it looks

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Caldera Trail with Las Vegas in background

At the junction with the outer Caldera trail we headed back towards the Girl Scout Trail
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We then headed down the girl scout trail, a fun fast easy rolling singletrack back towards the car park. Bootleg Canyon Trails - Click to Enlarge Bootleg Canyon Trails - Click to Enlarge

Then we headed west along mother trail a fun singletrack with some steep ups and downs, and turned off down the POW trail, which was fast and smooth, If I had not taken off my big ring I would have been cranking in it down this trail.

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View from Mother Trail

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POW Trail

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At the end of POW we rode back along the Par None trail to the Car park where the guy I'd been riding with Headed home. As I still had plenty of time and life in my legs I decided to do some more riding. Bootleg Canyon Trails - Click to Enlarge

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Riding along Upper Lake View Trail Singletrack

From the Car Park I headed off down Middle Lake View, and then connected onto Upper Lake View. I stopped here and eat some powerbars, it was pleasantly warm with a light breeze blowing - perfect riding conditions. Bootleg Canyon Trails - Click to Enlarge

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View of lake Mead

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Riding on Upper Lake View

Bootleg Canyon Trails - Click to Enlarge When I finished riding the Upper lake view trail , I headed across the dirt road and rode back up Girl Scout Trail. It was a good way to get back up the canyon, no severe gradient or technical features to worry about. Bootleg Canyon Trails - Click to Enlarge

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Riding Girl Scout Trail

At the end of the Girl Scout trail I headed across the road and then down along Boy Scout trail, this trail had more rocks and stuff than girl scout.

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Riding Boy Scout Trail

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East Leg Trail Video (17MB)

The Boy Scout trail connected onto the East leg Trail which continued down to the car park with a few technical section to keep you on your toes.

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East Leg Trail Video (11MB)

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BootLeg Canyon Map

Email me for GDB file for route

As the sun was setting I decided to call it a day and packed my bike up, down at the car park there was a white van full of single speeder's, who I would see again, and again on the rest of my holiday. The riding had been fun at Bootleg Canyon, although not a scenic as the riding had been in other places - It would be well worth revisiting again though.
Click to Enlarge I then drove to my Hotel a Hampton Inn & Suites in Henderson, I had a nice quite room with a huge king size bed. After unpacking everything from my SUV (After being told by front desk if I didn't it would probably get stolen). I went to an Outback Restaurant nearby and had an ok meal, then I went to a supermarket and bought another 15 Liters of bottled water and some snacks before getting back to the hotel at 11pm. Click to Enlarge

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