Mountain Bike and Single Track
Ride the Rat!
For mountain bikers, secluded singletrack trails through beautiful mountains are the holy grail of biking. Since 2004, the Ridgway Area Trails (RAT) group has work in collaboration with the US Forest Service, BLM, Ridgway State Park, and public parks to develop a multi-use trail system. In addition to the beautiful and epic rides along the Dallas Creek Trail at the foot of Mount Sneffels, the RAT has groomed and maintained a series of double- and single-track trails on the west and east sides of Highway 550 near Ridgway. This past spring, the RAT received a grant to further expand the trails, which will increase the trail system to almost 30 miles.
Photo courtesy of Box Canyon Blog
Download the RAT map here: http://ridgwaytrails.com/trails/
Mountain Bike & Scenic Rides
Portland Trail, Ouray: Short and intense single track.
Approximately 4 miles – 1 to 2 hours. Recommended route: ride up Portland Road and meet up with the Portland Trail near the mine.
Dallas Creek Loop, Ridgway-Ouray: One of our most iconic and beautiful, but also most challenging single track trails.
Approximately 40 miles – 5 to 6 hours. Recommended route: Start in Ridgway, we don’t recommend trying to ride up the Dallas Creek/Corbett Creek Trailhead outside of Ouray.
River Road, Ouray to Ridgway & Back: Easy and scenic, rolling ranchland and cliffside views along County Roads 14 and 23.
Approximately 24 miles – 3 hours.
Imogene Pass / Last Dollar Road Loop (Ouray to Ridgway): Extremely difficult, long route and steep terrain.
Approximately 50 miles – 6 to 10 hours. Recommended route: Start in Ouray and arrange for a shuttle back from Ridgway, you’ll need it after climbing a pass that tops out at 13,100 feet!