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May 1, 2021

Bike It or Hike It: Best Biking Near Inspirada

Living in Henderson means you’re surrounded by amazing scenery, great weather and welcoming communities. It’s why our Inspirada residents take so much pride in being a part of the greater Henderson neighborhood! What’s even better is there are plenty of biking trails to take advantage of for the adventurer in us all.

If you’re feeling adventurous, getting out there is easy when you’re at Inspirada. There are 85 acres of interconnected trails and parks that weave throughout the community, which is off the I-15 and just 15 minutes south of the Strip. Riders at Inspirada are treated to wonderful views of the Strip while being able to see prehistoric artwork at the nearby Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, which offers some of the best community trails in the area.

Sloan Canyon Trail

Right in our own backyard is the gateway to Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area. If you are considering a hiking or biking outing, Sloan Canyon should be at the top of your list. It’s a moderate 4-mile loop that takes you through natural flora and fauna, dry waterfalls and views of 318 rock art panels and over 1600 petroglyphs. These early communications document the presence of Puebloan, Patayan and Southern Paiute peoples (among others). Don’t forget to bring your camera to snap some breathtaking pictures!

601 Trail to 701 Trail Loop

Start at McCullough Hills trailhead to begin this exciting route. Then pick up the 601 Trail near the parking lot up and around the mountain. This loop is approximately 14.5 miles of singletrack with a great variety of desert, moderate climbs, sweeping vistas and some nice long downhills. Once you reach McCullough Hills, turn right for about 50 yards and then pick up the 601 Trail as it descends into the wash.

Tips to Stay Safe

One often overlooked but critical element of mountain biking is prepping your bike for the upcoming ride. You should perform safety checks before setting off, especially if this is your first time out in a while.

  • Check your tire pressure, which should be around 45 psi.
  • Check your breaks, they should feel firm and springy, not loose and sticky.
  • Check the shifter and make sure the mechanism runs cleanly through the gears.
  • Check the chain and handlebar, which should be clean and properly aligned.
  • Take plenty of water and have a wonderful ride out on the trails!

 

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