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Trail conditions:

Trails open for the season and significant condition notes
(Not daily updates, Please see SWCCA Facebook page for current conditions http://www.facebook.com/swcocycling)
 
These are overall general conditions provided from user feedback for reference when trails become ridable and passable at the beginning of the season after the winter snow melt. 
For additional trail information based on the current weather check out the SWCCA Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/swcocycling.  Please also post any observations regarding trail conditions that would be helpful to other users.  Remember that "ridable" is not slogging through mud on a significant portion of the route creating ruts and other damage that can sometimes take months to smooth out or fix!!!!  
For route descriptions and locations on all of these rides pick up a map at www.bigloopmaps.com
 

Trails open and Condition (Trails that have no reports yet on current conditions have ratings reflecting their typical condition for this time year)
Sand Canyon System - Sand Canyon trail -
Sand Canyon System - East Rock trail -
Sand Canyon System - West Rock trail -
Phil's World Trail System - Start KBB, Coco race, Lemon head, Maze, Bobs, Abajo, Rib cage, Here for more, DRB ESB
Phil's World Trail System - Stinkin Springs
Phil's World Trail System - Ledges
Phil's World Trail System - 2-More
Phil's World Trail System - Trust loop
Phil's World Trail System - Hippy House loop
Sagehen System - Rim Trail (Lower loop) - Epic trail and views!
(The short cut off trail for the lower loop is not very defined but has brown signs to follow.  See map of all Sagehen trails at http://connect.garmin.com/activity/190759325#
Sagehen System - Lookout Trail (Upper loop) - Epic trail and views!  See map of all Sagehen trails at http://connect.garmin.com/activity/190759325#
Sam's Trail - Difficult to navigate.
Chutes & Ladders - Trail is overgrown and difficult to navigate.
Snaggletooth - No reports yet.
Boggy Draw System - Boggy trail. (Cows are out there)
Boggy Draw System - Mavericks trail. (Cows are out there)
Boggy Draw System - Italian Canyon trail. (Cows are out there)
Boggy Draw System - Bean Canyon trail. (Cows are out there)
Stoner Mesa - Good.   Trees were cleared by moto guys 5/28/16, See map at http://connect.garmin.com/activity/182509138 .
Groundhog stock trail loop - No reports yet - Best done as a loop parking at the bottom of Dunton Road FS #535 on Hwy 145 then riding up Hwy 145 > Turn left northwest on Cross mountain trail > turn left west on Groundhog stock trail > Left on Dunton Road FS #535 back to vehicle.  Not a beginner ride.
Priest Gulch - No reports yet.  Not a beginner ride. 
Calico - NORTH END IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO RESOURCE DAMAGE!!!!  No reports yet.  Please use alternate routes like the West or East Fall Trail to access Calico - Technical riding with big climbs and hike-a-bike. Not a beginner ride. 
Taylor road > Up priest gulch trail > Down Calico loop - No reports yet.
Taylor road > Down Priest Gulch trail loop - Nice loop.  No reports yet - Not a beginner ride.  See map at http://connect.garmin.com/activity/214845179  See video clip at https://vimeo.com/48202148 
Winter Trail - No reports yet.  Can be very boggy when it rains.
West fall trail - No reports yet.  Not a beginner ride.
Morrison - No reports yet.
Bear Creek - Lower.
Little Bear Creek - No reports yet - This trail creates a loop (Hillside Rd>Little Bear Creek trail>Bear creek trail) and the singletrack is primarily downhill.  If you start at the first entrance (furthest to the west) off of FS 436 there are a bunch of trees down as of 6/4.  Better to enter off of FS 358.  Little Bear Creek is marked with posts and cairns but is faint at first.  It does have some very technical downhill sections that require walking for anyone that is not a skilled downhiller.  Not a beginner ride.  See map at http://connect.garmin.com/activity/185558678
Rough Canyon - No reports yet - This trail creates a loop (Hillside Rd>Rough Canyon trail>Roaring Fork Rd).  A significant portion of the loop is on dirt road with a majority of the singletrack downhill.  Rough Canyon trail has some very technical downhill sections including some unridable downhill switchbacks.  Not a beginner ride.  http://connect.garmin.com/activity/185558683
Grindstone - No reports yet.  This trail creates a great loop (Hillside Road > Grindstone > Bear Creek trail loop) - Not a beginner ride.  See map at http://connect.garmin.com/activity/99211719
Salt Creek - 6/19/16 trees have not been cleared yet but all else is good.
This trail creates a great loop (Scotch Creek > Colorado Trail > Salt Creek loop).  See map at http://connect.garmin.com/activity/182509011
This is also a great loop via hillside with the majority of climbing on a graded road and epic singletrack all the way back down! (30 mile+ / 4000'+ elv gain): Park at Ryman trailhead > take hwy 145 southwest aprox 4+ miles > turn southeast on Hillside drive and climb aprox 14+ miles to end of road > turn right south uphill on short connector trail to 3/4 mile to Grindstone trail junction > turn left!!! east on short connector 1/4 mile trail up hill to Colorado Trail > turn left northeast on Colorado Trail > turn left west on the marked Salt creek trail (Be sure to turn left or west, don't take the first trail marked salt to the east on the right!!!!!) > descend to back to trail head.  As an early season alternative riding the FS road or up Roaring fork is the best option.  
East Fork - No reports yet.
Barlow to Bolam pass - No reports yet.
Rico>Barlow>CT>Circle trail - No reports yet on Circle trail - A GPS is highly recommended.  The start of the Circle trail is hard to find and it is technically challenging to ride down.  Do not drop into the valley unless you are sure your on the circle trail.  When on the CT go straight on the faint trail instead of taking the hard left on the CT just after topping out on section point.  Follow the faint, sometimes non-existent, trail on the right (northeast) side of the ridge for about 1/4 mile to something that looks like a "moon bowl" then look for a trail sign on the other side dropping west into the valley.  Check out the map and upload the GPS here
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/528834106#.U6wWEm_55M4.email
Colorado Trail - No reports yet.  Section point, Blackhawk section to Grindstone -
Colorado Trail - No reports yet.  Highline section between Grindstone and Cumberland basin.  Lots of hike-a-bike.
Chicken Creek trail -
West Mancos Trail - No reports yet
Other high country trails above 11,000' -
Other high country trails below 11,000' -
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Legend for trail conditions
Green -  Trail is in good condition for riding provided it hasn't received any recent moisture that would create temporarily muddy conditions
Yellow - Trail is in early or late season conditions.  Do not use the trail if there has been any recent moisture.  Be prepared to dismount and cross snowdrifts or muddy sections.  A good portion of the trail is dry and rideable but usually soft.  You will need to use good judgment on muddy sections of the trail so you will not cause permanent trail damage.  Fat bikes are best to use for these conditions
Red - Trail is not open to riding due to snowy or muddy conditions.  Using the trail will damage it when muddy!  Fat bikes may be used when the snow adequate
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The San Juan National forest trail crew and Conservation core schedule summary:

The SJNF trail crew will focus more on tread and drainage maintenance as most of the high mountain trails get trees cleared by the San Juan Trail riders, Mesa Verde Backcountry Horsemen and other unknown trail workers.  The bike club clears trees and maintains the Boggy Draw Trail System and the Phil's World trail system.  The trail crew also has weekly plans which frequently change to react to the lates trail emergency.
  • Schedule not released yet
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Boggy Draw Cow Dates: 

Schedule not released yet
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ATTENTION: If you see any illegal activity out on the trails PLEASE call and email the Dolores Public Lands office to report it.  Please put these numbers in your cell phone so you have them if there is an incident.  Thanks!!! 
Phil's World mountain bike singletrack is all designated non-motorized.  There is also a designated motorized trail at Phil's World that crosses the non-motorized trails numerous times so watch for traffic.  Boggy Draw mountain bike singletrack is all non-motorized.  There is also a designated OHV route that  crosses the non-motorized trail numerous times so watch for traffic.
  • Tres Rios Field Office, 29211 Hwy. 184, Dolores, Colorado 81323, 970-882-7296 or 970-882-6849 
  • Boggy Draw Trail System - Derek Padilla - dpadilla@fs.fed.us, Tom Rice - thomasbrice@fs.fed.us   
  • Phil's World - Ranger Logan Briscoe for BLM lands - lbriscoe@blm.gov Cell 970-759-2901
  • Phil's World Trail System - Connie Clementson - cclementson@blm.gov and Jeffrey Christenson - jchristenson@blm.gov
  • Phil's World State Trust Land - Kent Grant for problems with wood cutters at Phil's World - Cell 970-749-0298  
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Maps:






www.bigloopmaps.com
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Local bike shop for up to date information:

 

About SWCCA

Southwest Colorado Cycling Association SWCCA is a registered nonprofit organization. Formerly Kokopelli Bike Club.
Members are primarily from southwest Colorado in the Cortez, Dolores, Mancos and Durango area.
Local trails include Phil's World, Boggy Draw, Sand Canyon, Bear Creek, Stoner Mesa, Calico, Colorado Trail, Blackhawk, East Fork, Salt and many more.
Members range from serious endurance racers to occasional cyclists and include both mountain and road bikers.
The SWCCA benefits the area in many ways. It leases property where a significant portion of Phil's world is located and pays for the required insurance. Members volunteer for trail maintenance and trail building using the extensive collection of tools purchased by the club. The club keeps members informed about important land use meetings and projects requiring comments to maintain mountain bike access. It has also proposed many new trail plans to the land managers and member support and input is critical.
The club also promotes a variety of local races including endurance, cross country and cyclocross.
Simply put, if the SWCCA didn't exist most of the trails you ride would not be there. Thank you for your support!!!!!
Copyright 3/2016 Southwest Colorado Cycling Association. Photos provided by Dean Howard.