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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +259/220 ft
Total: 5 riders
 

Mountain Biking Italian Canyon Loop

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#72 of 1,347 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#652 in the world

Description: Cross the road from the parking lot. Look for the Maverick Trail
sign going to your left. Take Maverick Trail for 2 miles and watch for the Italian
Canyon fork going to your right. At mile 4.88 get off your bike, hike to the
edge and enjoy the view. At mile 7.93 you reconnect with the Maverick Loop.
Follow it back to the start.

First added by norski on Jun 24, 2011. Last updated May 9, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Directions: From Cortez, take Hwy 145 north 10 miles to Dolores. In Dolores
turn left on 11th St (turns into CR 31). Drive about 3 miles on 11th, and turn
right on Road W. East on W about 1 mile, cross the cattle guard and park in
the lot in the left.
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  • mtbfun
    *****

    This is the second time I have ridden this trail. It is very fun...twisty singletrack through beautiful terrain. The scrub oak is turning colors which makes it even better.

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  • DLTooley
    *****

    The map at the trailhead is bad, partly because of scale issues (too small a scale to show crucial intersections), and maybe more.

    I did the Italian Canyon Loop from the East leg of the Mavericks Loop, which probably adds a couple of miles to the overall distance. It loops around and back on itself quite a bit, which was very confusing. I was thinking about turning around, but stuck with it and the latter part was relatively consistent with the map.

    FWIW, there is relatively simple access to the Boggy Draw trail from a road you come to shortly after starting to parallel the fence when doing a counterclockwise loop.

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  • norski
    *****

    Probably the sweetest loop, overall, in the Boggy Draw area. Smooth, loopy, fast singletrack!

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