Grand Junction: Holy Cross Bike Loop

Ride some of western Colorado’s finest singletrack with tight turns, long descents, and stunning red sandstone on this 7.4-mile heart-pounder.
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Ride some of western Colorado’s finest singletrack with tight turns, long descents, and stunning red sandstone on this 7.4-mile heart-pounder.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 11.9

Waypoints

Valley

Location: 39.0517272949219, -108.602493286133

A spider web of trail lace the valley floor. ©Garryck Hampton

Singletrack Glory

Location: 39.0321617126465, -108.610504150391

Take a rest, perched atop a lookout near Colorado National Monument. ©Garryck Hampton

HCR001

Location: 39.050048828125, -108.605400085449

Head S on well-packed trail punctuated with small steps and crisscrossing side trails

HCR002

Location: 39.0439796447754, -108.606597900391

R @ T and crank up short, steep hill

HCR003

Location: 39.038501739502, -108.61009979248

Straight @ T; climb past low grass and desert shrubs in crimson soil

HCR004

Location: 39.0371398925781, -108.610801696777

Straight @ 3-way; watch for desert hare and sunbathing lizards

HCR005

Location: 39.0350303649902, -108.611396789551

Keep straight again

HCR006

Location: 39.0337791442871, -108.610000610352

Go straight @ 4-way

HCR007

Location: 39.0328102111816, -108.610702514648

L onto Holy Cross Trail. Break for water @ Widowmaker Rock, a giant monolithic slab, before singletrack rollercoaster ahead. Flattops of CO National Monument to SW

HCR008

Location: 39.0383491516113, -108.599403381348

Turn L onto Gunny Loop, then hammer up to a plateau

HCR009

Location: 39.0421714782715, -108.599800109863

R @ T; trail climbs, then gradually descends into a dry canyon wash; some technical sections

HCR010

Location: 39.0421600341797, -108.600799560547

R @ T; trail widens, then it’s a grind up a granny-gear climb

HCR011

Location: 39.0438995361328, -108.604400634766

Stay R @ Y; follow the plateau edge before blasting downhill

HCR012

Location: 39.0517883300781, -108.602798461914

Go slow for mesa views before exhilarating descent to trailhead