Dolmen Loop

Finale Ligure

A quick lap on a challenging EWS stage.

Mountain Biking Severe

Distance
12 km
Ascent
308 m
Descent
308 m
Low Point
1 m
High Point
284 m
Gradient
12˚
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Dolmen Loop Map

Description

After grinding a thousand vertical feet up the pavement, the Dolmen trail begins as a relatively flat, flowy natural singletrack that bobs and weaves through the trees. But don't get complacent! All too soon, the trail pitches downward, and the challenge ratchets up in an instant.

The upper section of Dolmen features several large boulder fields filled with off-camber rock obstacles. Picking the right line through this boulder field requires scoping your line and some serious courage.

After some entertaining chunk and high-speed tech, the next big feature is a narrower and steeper rock garden that twists through a steep series of switchbacks, plummeting down the hillside via a veritable waterfall of rock. While this section doesn't have any single major drop or feature, stringing together the entire slippery slide is no small feat.

After a brief respite, the final major trail feature plummets down a near-vertical set of switchbacks set into a steep, treeless hillside. It doesn't seem like human beings should be able to ride a bike down a trail so treacherous… and yet it has been done—many times. In fact, Dolmen has served as a stage for the Enduro World Series stop here in Finale Ligure. Imagine the best mountain bikers in the world flying through these burly features at mach-chicken, and somehow managing to ride down this final feature at race pace, and your own pace will suddenly feel quite meager!

Difficulty

Severe

Widely variable, narrow trail tread with steeper grades and unavoidable obstacles of 15in/38cm tall or less. Obstacles may include unavoidable bridges 24in/61cm wide or less, large rocks, gravel, difficult root sections, and more. Ideal for advanced-level riders.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Technical
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Road sections
  • Wet-weather friendly
  • Drops
  • Roots
  • Rock Rolls
  • Rock Slabs
  • Rock Gardens

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