Bear's Best: Perma Grin Figure-8

Fantastic swoop and flow in the desert outside of Las Vegas.

Mountain Biking Moderate

Distance
16 km
Ascent
259 m
Descent
259 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
843 m
High Point
988 m
Gradient
Bear's Best: Perma Grin Figure-8 Map

The Bear's Best trail system is located on the southwestern corner of the Las Vegas Metro Area. This expansive trail system offers a serious spider web of interconnecting singletrack trails. It mashes into the Southwest Ridge trail system to such an extent that it can be difficult to tell where one trail system ends and the other begins. It can even be connected to the Cowboy Trails and the Blue Diamond Trails without much difficulty. In short, the web of trails on this side of Vegas offers a limitless number of ride options, of which this is just one.

Description

The loop mapped here sticks to intermediate-friendly trails to create a flowy, entertaining, but approachable ride on swoopy desert singletrack.

The ride begins by following the main climb from the park into the heart of the trail system and then branches off to the left to traverse the Benchmark trail. After swinging around the ridge, the route makes for the Man with a Van trail, which offers a rolling descent to Triple Tittie. Triple Tittie keeps the rolling downhill rocking, but to get back to the trailhead and the marquee descent of the ride, you'll have to climb a bit to re-gain the saddle.

Once back on top of the saddle, the rest is gravy! You'll drop into the Perma Grin trail, which is almost guaranteed to paste a grin to your face for the rest of your day. This swoopy downhill rockets up and over an endless series of whoop-de-doos on smooth, flowing singletrack. Be careful: you might want to catch air in a few places, but the landings can be sniper! However you approach the trail, you'll be whooping and hollering by the end of it!

Difficulty

Moderate

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability, with unavoidable obstacles 8in/20cm tall or less. Other obstacles such as rock gullies and steep sections may exist. Ideal for lower intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Flow
  • Singletrack
  • Jumps

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