You’ll be doing yourself a disservice if you go to Las Vegas without taking the 3 mile ride, which combines the “3 Mile Smile” and the “Badger Pass” trails. The trail offers some great views that enhance your adventure. It begins with a mild accent that gradually takes you to the top and back down the way you came. Although you will find a short section of technical riding, this trail is moderately challenging. So, you have little to worry about.
The 3 Mile Smile via Badger pass is a Late Night trailhead situated in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, West Las Vegas. It is on Highway 160 where the fun begins. Specifically, the ride begins on a faint singletrack on the south side of the trail’s parking. Head towards the south, where the trail splits off multiple times.
Our team of bike enthusiasts recommend following the most used trail in the southern direction. Soon, you will climb to a saddle with many options. However, keep riding on the route to a T. Turn left up smooth singletrack until you summit a flat area again.
At this point, you can take a break, eat, and drink something. Since the 3 Mile Smile via Badger pass trail is a loop, rotate your bike and return down the route you were coming from. You will find many easy jumps on your way. However, about midway down, there is a short diversion from the familiar smooth terrain to a rocky ride.
The point of this diversion is the White Rhino section, which does not go too far. You will exit it in a short time. Once you leave the area, you will be back on the mostly smooth terrain to the upper tunnel under Highway 160.
Continue riding through this tunnel, following east back to the trailhead.
The 3 Mile Smile via Badger pass trail is one of the least challenging routes you will ride on, but the weather can make it less fun. Therefore, we recommend visiting this trail between September and May. These are the best times to ride through the route and get the maximum pleasure.