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Dog Patch

One of Pajarito's top downhill race runs.

Mountain Biking Severe

2.4 km
6 m
345 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.8 km
High Point
3.2 km
Dog Patch Map

Dog Patch is one of Pajarito's iconic downhill race runs, along with nearby Braking Bad. You can consider Dog Patch to be a slightly less technical version of Braking Bad.


This trail is a steep, chunky, mostly fall-line descent down the mountainside. There aren't any huge features on Dog Patch, but instead, you can expect a relentless onslaught of rocks and roots, a few optional drops, a few steep chute-y sections, and lots of chunk and chunder.

Arm pump is the name of the game on this trail. While it's not quite as tall as Braking Bad (since it starts partway down Aspenola), you'll still need to hang on for dear life to make a high-speed top-to-bottom run on this chunderfest.

The lower section of Dog Patch does smooth out substantially into a faster, flowier trail. There are also a couple of flowy jumps and drops in this lower section, which provide some entertainment and a bit of relief from the gnarfest up high.

If you find yourself growing weary of the janky wooden features on many of the Pajarito trails, Dog Patch and Braking Bad both over a welcome respite from the manmade challenges, exchanging the wooden features for nature's own brutality.



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.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

between June and October


  • Technical
  • Shuttle-run
  • Singletrack
  • Drops
  • Jumps
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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