2 miles
68 ft
-1,521 ft
Avg time

Dirty Paws Details

  • Riding Area
    VIrginian Ridge
    Winthrop, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Season
    Spring, Summer, Fall
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Ride in Rain
  • Global Ranking
    #16594 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

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).

Access Info

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 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,453 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,237 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,693 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,693 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,240 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    927 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    496 ft
  • Avg time
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on Oct 14, 2018
Avg: 4.4 (8 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
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  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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      Dirty Paws Trail Reports

      Oct 14, 2018 @ 8:25pm
      Oct 14, 2018
      Really fun descent, despite the cow shit (its really not that bad but fun to talk about)
      Oct 7, 2018 @ 7:26pm
      Oct 7, 2018
      The bottom part of the trail is covered in poop but the rest of the trail is great.
      Oct 4, 2018 @ 3:26pm
      Oct 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 @ 9:39am
      Sep 3, 2018
      Riding nice. One dry and loose switchback near the top.
      Jul 27, 2018 @ 9:17am
      Jul 27, 2018
      Upper section is very dry, loose in places.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
      6 Months
      • 5 rides
      • 7 miles avg distance
      • 30 rides


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      Nov 25, 2018 @ 8:58am
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      Dirty Paws, Winthrop
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      Dirty Paws, My City
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      May 29, 2017 @ 8:20am
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      Dirty Paws, My City
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      May 29, 2017 @ 8:20am
      May 29, 2017
      Dirty Paws, My City

      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag Icehawk (Jun 11, 2017 at 7:47)
       Fun trail with small jumps and rock rolls. Continue on the trail to Thunderdome for more jumps and drops
      • + 1
      flag dkscott (Sep 17, 2017 at 17:08)
       Pretty fun. Techy up top. Gets rowdy with steep trail through lots of drops and jumps. Several ride arounds let you skip the bigger features.
      • + 4
      flag sachou (Jun 9, 2018 at 22:08)
       Exposed and with great views up top, a few fun rock rolls. Gets very tight and technical once it gets into the woods. Lots of very fun drops over tree roots, all spaced to flow well at a certain speed. Make sure your brakes, suspension, and skill are up for it.
      • + 2
      flag bradyjac000 (Oct 7, 2018 at 19:39)
       The trail is hard to find and you need to go through a gate but it is worth the confusion. The trail is full of rock rolls and drops that are all role-able (With great technique.) or have ride arounds. (Except for one.) It is a long ride up though so I woulde recomend getting shuddled up. The bottom part of the trail is covered in crap but it is still one of the best FR trails in the area.

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