"Left-Hand Canyon to the Rito Blanco" is ride #10 originally published in the book “PAGOSA RIDES; Mountain Biking in and around Pagosa Springs” by Gary Hopkins.
Beginning in the pine-oak valleys of Blanco Basin, this route climbs steadily into the aspen-fir forest along Porcupine Road, ending at the tumbling Rito Blanco Creek. The first half of the ride travels along a mostly smooth, unmaintained primitive dirt road. At the end of this road, a steep and somewhat rocky ATV trail leads you to the top of Lefthand Canyon and onto the graded, maintained Porcupine Creek Road. From here, a moderate climb and descent ends at the Rito Blanco Creek, an excellent spot for a picnic lunch. Your return will be rewarded with an exhilarating descent back to the trailhead. (Note: This trip can be done as a one-way, mostly downhill shuttle-see below)
Click on the PDF files attached below for detailed trail notes and trail map that you can download and print out.