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Grand Junction, CO: Horsethief Bench Loop

Blast through rock gardens and banked singletrack before a final downhill blitz on this 7.7-mile ride on Horsethief Bench.

Rating

From the Kokopelli Trailhead, follow 12 Road for a quick .6-mile ride to a three-way junction. Turn right onto a dirt road, then climb a rocky doubletrack for 1.4 miles to an overlook of the Colorado River and the top of the hike-a-bike down to Horsethief Bench. Ride the 3.6-mile loop clockwise: skirt beneath the orange sandstone cliff to your left, then ride rock-dotted singletrack near the cliff’s edge above the river. On the western end, turn northeast up a drainage and pick up hard-packed singletrack beneath the cliffs. Return up the hike-a-bike and rumble back down the two-track road past piƱon pine to the trailhead.Rating: Intermediate. The doubletrack climb is a short but stiff, and the rocky southwestern half of the loop has nice technical tests. Watch for tube-piercing prickly pear.Mapped by the Backpacker Map Team

To Trailhead

I-70 W to exit 15 (toward Loma/Rangely). Turn left onto 13 Road/CO 139 N. In .1 mile, turn right onto HawkEye Road (just after the one-way road coming from the trucker weigh station). Follow .8 mile to parking area for the Kokopelli Trailhead.

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