One-way Distance: 1 mile
MTB Skill level:
Elevation: 7024 - 7232 feet
Cellphone: 1-4 bars
Time: 30 mins.
Trailhead: County Road 10
Attractions: Good singletrack
The Maze trail is located in the RAT-Ridgway Area Trails System near Ridgway, Colorado. The upper end of the trail begins off of Rattus Maximus around the 0.9/1.3 mile point. As the trail heads south it it makes connections with Squeeker, is crossed by Rattus Maximus, splits and offers an optional route, and then comes to an end across the gravel pit road from the lower end of Rattus Maximus.
The Maze tends to be ridden in either direction. This post follows it from north to south by beginning where it splits off from Rattus Maximus.
The trail starts out through the trees on a good singletrack.
Before going very far Squeeker branches off on the right.
At the next fork there is a short spur trail that runs over to the gravel pit road.
The trail continues making an easy run through the trees and then it drops into a small drainage where it cuts back and forth riding in and out of the bottom of it.
Rattus Maximus joins up with the Maze as they climb out of the wash and kiss up against the road. The lower end of Squeeker also joins back in near this spot.
The two trails run along the side of the road for a short distance until they split up again with Rattus Maximus forking off and crossing to the other side of the road.
A deeper canyon comes up along the right side of the trail but The Maze sticks to the higher ground.
As the route progresses it finds another shallow wash to play in.
This is where The Maze splits with one fork that is labeled 'ZZ' dropping into a small canyon where it runs along a cliffy section before climbing back up to the main trail. The other route is labeled 'Z' and it sticks to the higher ground along the top of the canyon. The ZZ route has one spot that might be considered an advanced skill level.
NOTE: All trails are closed between December 1 to April 30.