Grand Junction: Eagles Wing Loop

This 5.7-mile loop features golden hills rimmed by crimson mesas, abundant rock formations, and revealing views into Colorado National Monument.
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This 5.7-mile loop features golden hills rimmed by crimson mesas, abundant rock formations, and revealing views into Colorado National Monument.

Mapped by Garryck Hampton

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.4

Waypoints

EAG001

Location: 39.0501289367676, -108.605102539062

Walk S on Tabeguache Trail, a 142-mi. bike route linking Grand Junction to Montrose, CO; numerous side trails crisscross path

EAG002

Location: 39.0442085266113, -108.606796264648

Veer L @ Y to begin loop. In 100 ft., turn R @ 3-way, heading SW

EAG003

Location: 39.0384788513184, -108.61009979248

Turn R @ T. In 200 yds., keep straight @ 3-way where trail diverges on L

EAG004

Location: 39.0350914001465, -108.611396789551

Continue straight @ 3-way

EAG005

Location: 39.0328407287598, -108.61060333252

R @ Y with Holy Cross Trail. In 200 ft., stay L @ Y (trail on R connects to WPT 10). To the W, flat-topped mesas rise up

EAG006

Location: 39.0266914367676, -108.608703613281

Bear R @ Y

EAG007

Location: 39.0236282348633, -108.612701416016

Turn R (W) @ 3-way onto singletrack that continues climb through juniper-spotted hills

EAG008

Location: 39.0219192504883, -108.614601135254

Turn R @ T for .2-mi. stretch heading W

EAG009

Location: 39.0222511291504, -108.617599487305

Give legs a well-deserved rest. Trail swings R, then descends along canyon wall; ruddy mesas break up horizon to the N

EAG010

Location: 39.0287895202637, -108.615798950195

Keep L @ Y, heading N

EAG011

Location: 39.0321006774902, -108.617698669434

Rock and boulders crowd narrow trail. Ahead, trail bends R

EAG012

Location: 39.0359802246094, -108.616096496582

Pass a balanced rock resembling a large toadstool; head N

EAG013

Location: 39.0429801940918, -108.609100341797

Trail cuts L and winds NE. In .2 mi., close loop @ WPT 2; turn L back to trailhead

Ruddy Mesas

Location: 39.0229797363281, -108.613967895508

Toadstool Rock Formation

Location: 39.0364379882812, -108.616004943848

Rocky Trail

Location: 39.0325775146484, -108.617614746094