Dirty Paws Details
Riding areaVIrginian Ridge
Trail UsageBiking Primary
DirectionDownhill PrimaryPopular direction shown
SeasonSpring, Summer, Fall
TTFs on trailDrop, Rock Face, Rock Garden
Ride in rainYes
Dirty Paws starts at the top of the Virginian Ridge MTB zone, and forks off of "Merlin" about 100 yards from the top.
The upper 1/5 of Dirty Paws is open bitter brush with small rocky cliff bands. Terrific views! The upper section is punctuated by short sections of exposure, with some rock roll downs and short rock gardens.
The lower 4/5 of Dirty Paws is in the woods, with many turns and some small step-down drops of 2-3 feet (most have ride-around options). The trail has a steep roll-down to a dirt road (look both ways!) and continues immediately across the road. It continues with steep sections and a few features, then dips across across a micro-creek (dry in summer, splash in spring), and up and onto more open shrub and pine terrain. There are a couple wood ramps that are optional in the last tenth of a mile before the 2nd road crossing. Then the trail passes through a section of shrub/steppe terrain before crossing the road a final time and again entering the forest. The final half mile has several more small step-downs, and one larger drop from a boulder (optional ride-around). The trail passes through a small aspen grove then winds through the woods to the finish at the road (also a good spot to park your car for a loop ride)..
Dirty Paws is fun and has natural flow, but is for experienced riders who are comfortable with exposure, steep sections, and short drops. The trail is about 2.1 miles (3.4 km) long and drops about 1500 feet (455 meters).
Left Fork Wolf Creek Road. See Trailforks descriptions for Virginian Ridge Trail and "Merlin".
This trail is Unsanctioned, Ride at your own Risk!
This trail is on public DNR land.
More Stats for Dirty Paws mountain bike trail
Altitude change-1,453 ft
Altitude min2,237 ft
Altitude max3,693 ft
Altitude start3,693 ft
Altitude end2,240 ft
Distance climb927 ft
Distance down2 miles
Distance flat496 ft
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Dirty Paws Trail Reports
Oct 14, 2018 @ 8:25pmOct 14, 2018
|Really fun descent, despite the cow shit (its really not that bad but fun to talk about)|
Oct 7, 2018 @ 7:26pmOct 7, 2018
|The bottom part of the trail is covered in poop but the rest of the trail is great.|
Oct 4, 2018 @ 3:26pmOct 4, 2018
|Recent precipitation and some clean-up work on tread in the upper section has Dirty Psws running well. Cows on lower half, so be aware of hazards...|
Sep 3, 2018 @ 9:39amSep 3, 2018
|Riding nice. One dry and loose switchback near the top.|
Jul 27, 2018 @ 9:17amJul 27, 2018
|Upper section is very dry, loose in places.|