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We are all about getting more singletrack trails approved but we need your help to make it happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

See both proposals below for new trails and Phil's World and Boggy Draw and submit comments.

Boggy Draw trails expansion 2004/2009/2011, 26.6 miles proposed by SWCCA

If you would like to see these new trails approved please send a letter to:

- Derek Padilla - dpadilla@fs.fed.us
- Tom Rice - thomasbrice@fs.fed.us
- Also CC SWCCA - swcca@swcocycling.com  

Please include the following:
- Specifically reference your endorsement of the “2005/2009/2011 Boggy Draw KBC/SWCCA trail proposals” and state the trails by name “Dolores Town Trail, May Canyon Trail, House Creek Loop, Italian Spring Trail, Italian link, Big Bean Trail and Bean Rim Trail”.
- If you are willing to volunteer your time to help build the trails state it.
- Add any other reasons you would like to see these new trails built including personal experiences, recreation opportunities, family, economics, tourism, fitness, etc.
- If you visited from out of town and spent any money in the area please state that.
- Let them know if you are a mountain biker and a SWCCA Member
- Additional “human power only”, low impact, quite use trails would be a great asset to the community.
- Use of a motor vehicle for game retrieval should not be allowed on non-motorized trails at anytime.

 Map Trail Descriptions
2004 Boggy Draw Trails Expansion proposed by SWCCA as an expansion to the non-motorized Boggy Draw Trail System
#1 - Proposed “Dolores Town Trail”, 6.3 Miles, From the Town of Dolores along the edge of the lake to the House Creek Campground.  If the trail is constructed with an average grade of 10% and a maximum grade of 15% contouring the edge of the lake this will be a huge asset to the town of Dolores economically while creating a great trail for local residents to enjoy.
#2 - Proposed “May Canyon Trail”, 2.2 Miles, Up May Canyon to County Road V.6.  This would create a shorter trail providing access to the top of the mesa, the upper Boggy Draw Parking and  a shorter loop from town
#3 - Proposed “House Creek Loop”, 6.6 Miles, Trail connector from the House Creek camp ground that would tie into the existing Little Bean Canyon trail.  After exploring this area extensively SWCCA would suggest that the trail start at the House Creek campground climbing east up the hill to take advantage of the lake views then heading northeast linking into the bottom of Little Bean canyon trail.  A loop return trail would extend northwest from Little Bean canyon trail further down Bean canyon then turning southwest (on the west side of the private property) following along the edge of McPhee Reservoir combining new trail with the existing old grade next to the lake, and returning back to the House creek campground to complete the loop.  This loop would provide an additional recreation opportunity for the campers staying in the camp ground,  stays consistent with the benefit of “loop” trails, and will likely increase the use of House Creek CG providing a jump in revenue.  This single track loop trail would have vistas with grand views of the lake, and also sections in close proximity to the lake providing access for fishermen, dog walkers, hikers and bikers.
2009 Boggy Draw Trails Expansion proposed by SWCCA as an expansion to the non-motorized Boggy Draw Trail System
#4 - Proposed “Italian Spring Trail” in Italian Canyon, 5.5 Miles.  Mountain bikers have ridden in the past on the old road at the bottom of Italian Canyon which extends from the private property adjacent to the Dolores river valley and HWY145 (possible easement access from town) all the way up the canyon north onto the mesa.  This old road is practically single track and would be sustainable after the initial maintenance of cutting out the fallen trees, trimming, and fixing some washed out sections.  KBC suggests a new trail dropping down east from the existing Italian canyon trail (furthest east end) on the top of the mesa down to the old road/trail toward the bottom of the canyon (Approx. ½ mile) then routing it north up the existing old road/trail in Italian canyon to the top of the canyon then looping it back south along the top of the rim to the existing Italian canyon trail approximately where it dropped down initially.  This would add an additional loop with great scenery in the canyon, topography which is lacking on other Boggy trails and a possible link to the river valley.
#5 - Proposed “Italian Link”, .5 Miles, A short trail to link  far north end connecting it to the Boggy Draw trail would be an easy addition that would enhance route options and combinations for trail users. 
#6 - Proposed “Big Bean Trail” in Bean canyon, 2 Miles.  This trail would start off of the existing Little Bean trail (Commonly known as Bean canyon trail) where Little bean canyon splits from Bean canyon.  The trail would travel northeast up Bean canyon (There is an existing old road on sections of it) and just short of reaching the FS 526 Dolores Norwood road it would switch back up the hill north joining the existing Little Bean trail.  This would break up the Little Bean Canyon loop into a possible shorter loop for people starting from House Creek CG and the Boggy draw parking lot.  This is especially critical with the addition of the newly proposed loop trail from House Creek CG to Little Bean canyon trail.  In keeping with the philosophy of shorter loops close to the trailhead so a wide variety of trail users can add additional miles in increments the Bean Canyon trail (now the furthest from the Boggy Parking lot) as it is would be the largest and most difficult loop second in line to the shorter newly proposed House Creek loop.

Phil's World trails expansion, 2005/2009/2011/2014, proposed by KBC/SWCCA

If you would like to see these new trails approved please send a letter to:

- Jeffrey Christenson - jchristenson@blm.gov
- Connie Clementson - cclementson@blm.gov
- Also CC SWCCA - swcca@swcocycling.com 

Please include the following:
- Specifically reference your endorsement of the “2005/2009/2011/2014 Phil’s World KBC/SWCCA trail proposals” and state the trails by name “Junky Trail, Cash Canyon Trail, Cash Mesa Trail, Tiny Donkey Trail”.
- If you are willing to volunteer your time to help build the trails state it.
- Add any other reasons you would like to see these new trails built including personal experiences, recreation opportunities, family, economics, tourism, fitness, etc.
- If you visited from out of town and spent any money in the area please state that.
- Let them know if you are a mountain biker and a SWCCA Member
- Additional “human power only”, low impact, quite use trails would be a great asset to the local community
- Use of a motor vehicle for game retrieval should not be allowed on non-motorized trails at anytime.
Map Trail Descriptions
2005 (Revised in 2009/2011/2014) Phil’s World trails proposed by SWCCA as an expansion to the non-motorized Phil’s World Trail System

High Country trail maintenance projects proposed by SWCCA

SWCCA proposes maintenance and reroutes to make trails ridable uphill to the Colorado Trail and Calico #208 both from Hwy 145.  There are tons of trails that can be ridden down but not up by mountain bikes so we are stuck with riding up roads. The following two trails seem to be the most realistic ones to start with based on the information we have so far by fixing them up to be ridable with the standard average grade of 10% and no more than 15%:
  • Lower Ryman #735: From the Hwy 145 to the Colorado trail. This is the shortest reasonable trail to the Colorado Trail and it would also make a nice Ryman #735>Colorado Trail>Salt #559.2 loop.  Or access many of the other trails along the Colorado Trail to create a loop or shuttle like Grindstone #608/Bear Creek or Circle Trail to return to Hwy 145.
  • Tenderfoot #644: From Hwy 145 to Calico #208. It gets riders up high enough on Calico #208 that a loop could be accomplished by descending one of the many other trails back southwest to Hwy 145. Schoolhouse #660 and Section House #200 just don’t get up high enough.  Tenderfoot #644 has some ridable sections at the bottom but would require significantly better switchbacks and grades at the top.  Since the trail at the top is almost non-existent the route is not really well established anyway so there is an opportunity to build a sustainable trail without abandoning one that had a bunch of previous work done. Also, because Tenderfoot goes up higher it is realistic to get over to Priest Gulch Tr, Wildcat #207, Burnett Creek Tr, Eagle Peak/Stoner Mesa #624 or continue northeast on Calico #208 to access the many other  trails. There is a downhill section when going southwest on Calico #208 that would be great to fix/reroute as well. It’s like riding in a riverbed and fairly miserable even going downhill. Also the Tenderfoot #644 trailhead is not far from Ryman #735 so it's reasonable to access both from the same trailhead when camping or doing a loop utilizing trails on both sides of the river valleys.







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.