Dolores 100/50


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Hosted by Eric Cheever!

New D-100 and D-50 routes for 2016 include the new McPhee Overlook trail at the end.  New GPS files, map and mileage queues were updated 9/9/16 and are available below.

This is intended to be NON-COMMERCIAL, Recreational-Use Activities that are held on parts of USFS lands in compliance with USFS Special Use Rules and Regulations.

Please make sure to read all rules for this.  This is fully unsupported and you will need to be self-sufficient in order to complete this.  The rules are located HERE.

When: Saturday, September 17th, 2016

*Date Change due to USFS Cattle Movement

  • 100 starts at 7:00-AM
  • 50 starts at 7:00-AM

What: Singletrack, graded roads, 4wd roads, high desert, mountains, back country self supported endurance epic in and around Dolores, CO.

Maps Needed:  Maps which cover the area are available at www.bigloopmaps.com and also the Latitude 40 Southwest Colorado www.latitude40maps.com but not all the trails are on the Latitude 40 and not all roads are on the Big Loop so both are recommended.  A GPS is key to have along with good route finding skills!

GPS Routes and Maps:  Choose link and then select “Send to Device” for Garmin devices.  You can also get the gpx files by clicking on the email link on this page or the home page.  It has been posted on the Google Group available there.

Dolores 100  (92 miles)  – D-100 GPS file download

Dolores 50 (55 miles) –  D-50 GPS file download

Start/Finish:  7:00 AM.  The Dolores River Brewery    100 S. 4th St. – Dolores, Colorado 81323 – 970-882-HOPS (4677)

Pot-Luck Style Support:  There will be a vehicle parked approximately half way that will have self-serve pot-luck style support.  Don’t send anything valuable or anything you want back.  These will be very basic in the sense that what you donate, we will find a way for it to make it to the aid station.  There will be water at this aid station as well.  Also, sign in at this aid station and please identify if you are taking an alternate route back.  Please drop off all food & drink donations at start location in front of the Dolores River Brewery. The SAG truck will leave after the 9:00am 50-miler start. After the race the truck will return to DRB briefly, and then behind Kokopelli Bike and Board in Cortez on Saturday evening. Anything you want back must be picked up by Saturday evening.

Finish and post race party:   Whenever you arrive back in town, Just roll into the Beer Garden patio in back of the Brewery for a recovery drink!  Mark at the Dolores River Brewery is giving one free pint to every finisher and will start offering beer service around 3 and food at 4 which is the normal opening time.  We can hang out on the patio anytime that day!  Kokopelli Bike & Board and Osprey packs are providing schwag for the post race party!

D-100 Description:  The route is around 92 miles and about 10,900’ elevation gain.  Fast and fun!  Almost all rideable for most riders with the exception of one climb which is a hike-a-bike out of the river valley.  The route takes riders completely around scenic McPhee reservoir (2nd largest in Colorado) with epic views of the lake and lower Dolores river valley.  Great singletrack sections on both the Sagehen and Boggy Draw trail systems.  The unique southwest Colorado terrain is on the edge of the mountains and the desert.  Riders will travel through high desert settings then aspen trees and also large Ponderosa pine forests.  Pavement to start then the rest is a combination of singletrack, graded and 4wd roads.  Navigation is another matter, but that’s part of the challenge!  There are a lot of turns on both the road and singletrack sections with some marked well and some without any signage.  Without a GPS riders could easily miss some turns.  This is a great all around bike computer/GPS to invest in http://www.rei.com/product/810832/garmin-edge-800-wireless-bike-computer.  A GPS like this is typically recommended in any of the Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico endurance series races or for any other epic rides and would be handy to have regardless.  Breakdown for the 100 is roughly: 8-miles pavement (mostly at the
start), 22-miles Graded road, 16-miles 4wd road, 46-miles singletrack/trail.

Dolores 100  (92 miles) Map and GPS download: D-100 GPS file download

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D-100 Route description: (Mileage is approximate, this is not intended to be a substitute for a GPS, professional maps and good route finding skills, the accuracy is not guarantied)

BE SURE TO CLOSE ALL CATTLE GATES!!!

  • Start in Dolores take Hwy 145 west out of town.  This will be a group neutral rollout together until dirt.
  • 1.9-miles, Hwy 184 right/north
  • 6-miles, CR 25 right/northeast
  • 8-miles, CR X right/east (Actual start, game on!)
  • 9-miles, After passing corrals on left turn left/north around gate on the old 4wd road 500 then immediately turn right/east on the unmarked Sagehen singletrack trail.
  • 10-miles, Right/southeast on trail to start the Sagehen trail in reverse (opposite of normal route, 50 goes left here).
  • 17.8-miles, Trail gets on unmarked closed road heading south under powerlines.
  • 18.8-miles, Continue straight under powerlines past the trail entering from the left (D-50 enters from this trail).
  • 19-miles, Turn Right/west on old 4wd road 500B (There is a carsonite sign but no other markings).  This turns into the Mcphee Stock Trail dropping into the river valley.
  • 21.1-miles, Go straight/north on graded road 504 across river.
  • 21.4-miles, Turn left/west on graded road 504 for a short distance.
  • 21.6-miles, Turn right/east on unmarked graded road heading toward the top of the dam.
  • 22.1-miles, Turn left/northwest on unmarked McPhee stock trail (old 4wd road) just before closed gate.  This is the start of a 3/4-mile hike-a-bike section, then there is a ridable section followed by another ½ mile hike-a-bike section.
  • 23.8-miles, go north through corrals then right/southeast on the unmarked 4wd road 511A.
  • 24.2-miles, go through gate then turn left/north on the graded dry canyon road 510.
  • 29.5-miles, continue right/northeast on 514 at salter “Y” toward Dolores.
  • 39.3-miles, go right/south on graded road 526 for a short distance.  (Look for unmanned potluck aid station is in this area)
  • 39.9-miles, go left/east on graded Cottonwood road 532.  There is a big metal building at this turn.  (If you want to bail-out at this point take this road 526 south back to Dolores instead)
  • 41.8-miles, go right/southeast on 4wd road 532A (This turn has a 532A road marker sign for 2014, it was not marked in the past, there is a post on both sides of a bridge/elevated crossing over a marshy area visible from the turn.  if you start to head down cottonwood canyon you went past the turn)
  • 44.2-miles, Continue on 532A/249 right/southwest which is unmarked (left dead ends at overlook)
  • 46.3-miles, Turn hard left/south on 4wd road 249.
  • 50.2-miles, Turn left/southeast on graded Boggy draw road 527 for a short distance. (Latitude 40 map shows some routes that do not exist around this turn)
  • 50.6-miles, Turn right/west on the 4wd road marked 528
  • 53.5-miles, Turn left/south under the power lines on the Boggy Draw OHV route 405.
  • 57.5-miles, Turn left on 4wd road.
  • 58.5-miles, Turn left on the Boggy Draw trail going clockwise (this is just after going through the gate and going the reverse direction from normal)
  • 63.5-miles, Turn left/south onto the marked Mavericks trail (Reverse direction from normal)
  • 64.5-miles, Turn left onto Italian Canyon trail.  (Reverse direction from normal)
  • 70-miles, Turn left/west back onto the marked Mavericks trail.
  • 72-miles, Maverick’s trail will exit into the parking area.  Take the Boggy Draw Trail north out of the parking area (Reverse direction from normal)
  • 73-miles, continue on the Boggy Draw trail past the Bean Canyon trail exit on left (Don’t turn yet)
  • 73.5-miles, Turn left onto the Bean Canyon Trail (going the normal direction, counterclockwise)
  • 81.5-miles, Turn right on the McPhee Connector trail to the McPhee Overlook trail and take it all the way to town.
  • 91-miles, Exit the trail and turn left (east) on the dirt road and follow it back into town to the Dolores River Brewery at Central & 4th.  Sign in sheet will be in the back of the brewery on the patio.

D-50 Description:  The route is 55 miles and around 6000′ elevation gain.  Almost all rideable for most riders with the exception of one climb which is a hike-a-bike out of the river valley.  The route takes riders completely around scenic McPhee reservoir (2nd largest in Colorado).  The 50 mile route is primarily on old 4wd roads and graded roads but there is some nice singletrack sections to mix things up.  Navigation is easier than the 100 mile version but still can be difficult without a GPS.  Breakdown for the 50 is roughly: 15-miles pavement, 22-miles Graded road, 3-miles 4wd road, 15-miles trail

Dolores 50 (50 miles) Map and GPS download: D-50 GPS file download

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D-50 Route Description:  (Mileage is approximate, this is not intended to be a substitute for a GPS, professional maps and good route finding skills, the accuracy is not guarantied)

BE SURE TO CLOSE ALL CATTLE GATES!!!

  • Start in Dolores take Hwy 145 west out of town.  This will be a group neutral rollout together until dirt.
  • 1.9-miles, Hwy 184 right/north
  • 6-miles, CR 25 right/northeast
  • 8-miles, CR X right/east (Actual start, game on!)
  • 9-miles, After passing corrals on left turn left/north around gate on the old 4wd road 500 then immediately turn right/east on the unmarked Sagehen singletrack trail.
  • 10-miles, Left/north on trail to start the Sagehen trail normal direction (D-100 goes right here).
  • 12-miles, IMPORTANT TURN!  Turn Left/south on old 4wd road under powerlines. (Trail normally continues north under power lines)
  • 12.2-miles, IMPORTANT TURN!  Turn Right/West on old 4wd 500B (There is a carsonite sign but no other markings).  This turns into the Mcphee Stock Trail dropping into the river valley.
  • 14.5-miles, Go straight/north on graded road 504 across river.
  • 14.6-miles, Turn left/west on graded road 504 for a short distance.
  • 15-miles, Turn right/east on unmarked graded road heading toward the top of the dam.
  • 15.5-miles, Turn left/northwest on unmarked McPhee stock trail (old 4wd road) just before closed gate.  This is the start of a 3/4-mile hike-a-bike section, then there is a ridable section followed by another ½ mile hike-a-bike section.
  • 17.5-miles, go north through corrals then right/southeast on the unmarked 4wd road 511A.
  • 18-miles, go through gate then turn left/north on the graded dry canyon road 510.
  • 24-miles, continue right/northeast on 514 at salter “Y” toward Dolores.
  • 33-miles, go right/south on graded road 526 for a short distance.  (Look for unmanned potluck aid station is in this area).
  • 33.5-miles, Continue straight/south on 526 to Dolores (D-50 DOES NOT TURN LEFT).  There is a big metal building here.  This is where the D50 bypasses the D100 route and heads straight back to Dolores.
  • 42.5-miles.  Turn right onto the paved road FS528 to House Creek Campground.
  • 48.5-miles.  After arriving at the house creek campground take the first road left then look for the McPhee Overlook trail starting on the left/east of the road.  (If you miss the trail entrance and end up at the end of the road you can take a social trail left/east that links up to the main trial in a short distance.  (The GPS route has an old entrance that was moved into the campground and varies slightly from these instructions.  You could still follow the GPS route to get onto the trail earlier or go into the campground and get on the trail via the new entrance and these instructions.)
  • 54.5-miles, Exit the trail and turn left (east) on the dirt road and follow it back into town to the Dolores River Brewery at Central & 4th.  Sign in sheet will be in the back of the brewery on the patio.

Other Information:

Helpful links for information on the Dolores area: http://www.kokopellibikeclub.blogspot.com/p/community.html and http://www.bigloopmaps.com/theme_trail_links_01.html

There is primitive camping at Boggy Draw (10 Minute ride to start, return is a different story with a 600’ climb back to the campsite if riding, otherwise 5 minute drive)

These are the hotels, cabins, B&B and RV parks in Dolores that are riding distance to the start:

  • Dolores River Campground (2 miles upriver, Camping, RV, Cabins)- 18680 Highway 145, Dolores, CO 81323 – (970) 882-7761
  • Dolores Mountain Inn (In town)- 701 Highway 145, Dolores, CO 81323 – (970) 882-7203
  • Outpost Motel Cabins and RV Park (In town) – 1800 Central Avenue, Dolores, CO 81323 – (970) 882-7271
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Sagehen Lookout Trail (View of McPhee Reservoir)

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Lower Bean Canyon Trail

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McPhee Overlook Trail

 

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McPhee Overlook Trail

 

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Sagehen Rim Trail

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Boggy Draw trail system

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Bean Canyon Trail (View of McPhee Reservoir)

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Sagehen Lookout Trail (View of the lower Dolores River valley)

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Lower Dolores River

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Mountain views by Salter “Y”

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Riding toward the Cottonwood turn

Special thanks these guys for providing free stuff!!!!

Dolores River Brewery for the free pints to all finishers!

http://www.doloresriverbrewery.com/

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Tailwind for the free nutrition at the aid station!

http://www.tailwindnutrition.com/

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Kokopelli Bike & Board for the free schwag!

http://www.kokopellibike.com

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Osprey for the free schwag!

http://www.ospreypacks.com/

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Big Loop Maps!

http://www.bigloopmaps.com/

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Southwest Colorado Cycling Association SWCCA for the sweet trails!

www.swcocycling.com

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10 responses to “Dolores 100/50

  • shawngregorymountainbiker

    2013 Results (This is overall time riding, not time of day)

    D100 – Group start time 7:17am
    Place Name Check in Time Time Overall
    1 Ross Delaplane Check-in 3:56 Finish 8:27
    2 Dave Crandall Check-in 3:58 Finish 8:31
    3 Danny Powers Check-in 3:56 Finish 8:31
    4 Joseph Shults Check-in Finish 8:31
    5 Shawn Gregory SS Check-in 4:03 Finish 8:48
    6 Aaron Boatman Check-in 4:13 Finish 9:13
    7 Billy Schaaphok Check-in Finish 9:26
    8 jeffhemperley Check-in 4:07 Finish 9:26
    9 Rich Capener Check-in 4:07 Finish 9:26
    10 Caleb Dean SS Check-in 4:23 Finish 9:32
    11 Paul Adams Check-in 4:43 Finish 10:01
    12 Rex Robichaux Check-in 4:43 Finish 10:01
    13 Bec Bale Check-in 4:43 Finish 10:23
    14 Kevin Sainio Check-in 4:58 Finish 11:23
    15 Jordan Townsend Check-in 4:58 Finish 11:33
    16 michael ackerman Check-in 5:28 Finish 13:13
    17 Stephanie Jones Check-in 6:54 Finish 14:37
    18 Tina Ooley SS Check-in 6:54 Finish 14:37
    DNF doug byerly Check-in 4:03 DNF 62 miles 12:18 pm, Mechanical
    DNF Brent Allen Check-in DNF 62 miles 3:37 pm
    DNF John Lassig Check-in DNF 62 miles 3:37 pm
    DNF Terry Gorsuch Check-in DNF 62 miles, Started at 3:40 am had to cutout for a wedding
    DNF Jonathan Cuppett Check-in 3:58 DNF 62 miles
    DNF Mike Carpenter Check-in 4:43 DNF 62 miles
    DNF Pat Mattson Check-in DNF 62 miles
    DNF Pat Mattson’s Girlfriend Check-in DNF 62 miles
    DNF Chuck Ray SS Check-in DNF mechanical

    D50 – 50 miles plus Boggy draw and Mavericks trail (on flat pedals!), Group start time 7:17am

    Place Name Check in Time Time Overall
    1 Erika Jeffs Check-in 4:23 Finish time 7:47

  • shawngregorymountainbiker

    2014 Results
    (This is overall time riding, not time of day. Group start time 7:13am)

    Dolores 100 (D-100)

    Ross Delaplane, Check in: 3:39, Finish: 7:51 (D-100 New course record!)
    Kurt Refsnider, Check in: 3:39, Finish: 7:54
    Jay Petervary (JayP), Check in: 3:39, Finish: 7:54
    Shawn Gregory, Check in: 3:47, Finish: 8:10
    Joe Shults, Check in: 4:11, Finish: 9:32
    Rich Capener, Check in: 4:25, Finish: 9:32
    Michael Dietzman, Check in: 4:11, Finish: 9:32
    Billy Schaaphok, Check in: ?, Finish: 9:52
    Katie Newbury, Check in: ?, Finish: 10:22
    G Funk Ooley, Check in: ?, Finish: 10:27
    Stephanie Jones, Check in: 5:32, Finish: 11:52
    Kevin Sainio, Check in: 5:30, Finish: DNF 70 Miles
    Terry Gorsuch, Check in: ?, Finish: DNF 64 Miles, Mechanical
    Leif Valin, DNF

    Dolores 50 (D-50)

    Mark Carl, Check in: 3:40, Finish: 4:57 (D-50 Course record)
    Quinn Swope, Check in: 3:54, Finish: 5:00
    Carol Gerber, Check in: ?, Finish: 5:02
    Scott Darling, Check in: ?, Finish: 5:54
    Jason Hernandez, Check in: 4:57 , Finish: 6:42
    Dani Gregory, Check in: 5:22, Finish: 7:22
    Sherry Schaaphok, Check in: 5:22, Finish: 7:22
    Katie Koppenhafer, Check in: 5:40, Finish: 7:22
    Thad Koppenhafer, Check in: 5:40, Finish: DNF 33 miles, Drove aid station truck back

    Thanks everyone!!!!!! Great race!

    • Jason Hernandez

      Thanks for all the hard work that is put into putting this event on! I had a great day of riding! May all of you’re rides be a little less country and a little more rock and roll!

      Sent from my iPhone

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  • katie Newbury

    Thanks for creating the opportunity for SUCH a gorgeous day of riding!

    I forgot to mention that I picked up a pair of white sunglasses, rose lenses, out on the course. If you are missing a pair of these please send me a message and I will happily get them to you!

    Cheers!

  • Ryan Corbey

    I would like to sign up for the 2016 D-50. How can I do this?

  • Quinn Swope

    Hey Eric is the 50 starting at 9?

  • john nobil

    I’m in -c ya at 7am Saturday

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