Day 20 - Grand Junction -> Gunnison -> Salida (Driving)

Lunch Loops trails (Pet-e-kes, Holy Cross) & Hartmans rocks Trails (Grand Junction & Gunnison, Colorado)

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Pet-e-Kes Mountain Bike Trail, Lunch Loops, Grand Junction - Click to Enlarge I packed up all my gear, then I rang High Valley Bike Shuttle to book a place on their ealy shuttle to the Monarch crest the next day. I drove over to the lunch loops, where I was going to ride the Holy Cross loop. I headed up the Pet-e-Kes trail, almost a 1/3 of the way up, a sharp rock ripped through my rear tyre and instantly deflated my rear tyre. I Put a new tube in and then rode back down the trail to the car and put a new tyre on. Pet-e-Kes Mountain Bike Trail, Lunch Loops, Grand Junction - Click to Enlarge
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Pet-e-Kes Mountain Bike Trail, Lunch Loops, Grand Junction - Click to Enlarge I rode back up the the trail, which was no hardship as the trail was good fun to ride, nice and narrow. With enough rocks to keep you on your toes. Pet-e-Kes Mountain Bike Trail, Lunch Loops, Grand Junction - Click to Enlarge
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Holy cross Mountain bike trail, Lunch Loops, Grand Junction, Colorado - Click to Enlarge From the top of Pet-e-Kes I headed over to the Holy Cross trail. The Holy cross trail was as much fun as It was the last time I rode here, and I had to get off much less than the last time I rode it. Holy cross Mountain bike trail, Lunch Loops, Grand Junction, Colorado - Click to Enlarge
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Holy cross Mountain bike trail, Lunch Loops, Grand Junction, Colorado - Click to Enlarge I managed to shoot past a left turn, before back tracking and climbing up to the ridge before dropping down to the car park. The ride was about 8.5 miles. I then drove 130 miles east along the 50 to Hartman's rocks. Holy cross Mountain bike trail, Lunch Loops, Grand Junction, Colorado - Click to Enlarge
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Driving to Hartmans Rocks - Click to Enlarge I arrived at Hartman's rocks mid afternoon, it was warm and sunny, after I took my bike out of the SUV I clicked my remote switch to put the post up and the clamp snapped, luckily for me I had Clare's spare post so was able to fix it, then I headed off up towards the rocks. Hartmans Rock Mountain bike singletrack ride, Gunnison, Colorado - Click to Enlarge
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Hartmans Rock Mountain bike singletrack ride, Gunnison, Colorado - Click to Enlarge I forgot to take a map with me, so I just pointed my self down trails that looked good. Almost 70% of the trails I rode along were excellent singletrack.

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Hartmans Rock Mountain bike singletrack ride, Gunnison, Colorado - Click to Enlarge I really liked the section's of trail that climbed in and around the various clumps of large rocks scattered around the area. Hartmans Rock Mountain bike singletrack ride, Gunnison, Colorado - Click to Enlarge
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Hartmans Rock Mountain bike singletrack ride, Gunnison, Colorado - Click to Enlarge I headed away from the car, finding good trails as I went, until I decided it would be prudent to think about heading back. Hartmans Rock Mountain bike singletrack ride, Gunnison, Colorado - Click to Enlarge
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There were trail markers in various places, but without a map they weren't much use to me. Joises and the gateway trail were both great to ride. Hartmans Rock Mountain bike singletrack ride, Gunnison, Colorado - Click to Enlarge Hartmans Rock Mountain bike singletrack ride, Gunnison, Colorado - Click to Enlarge
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Hartmans Rock Mountain bike singletrack ride, Gunnison, Colorado - Click to Enlarge The trails in this area are really good, But I bet the riding would be even better if a local was to show you his favorite route, riding the trails in the right order. Hartmans Rock Mountain bike singletrack ride, Gunnison, Colorado - Click to Enlarge
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Hartmans Rock Mountain bike singletrack ride, Gunnison, Colorado - Click to Enlarge As the sun started to set I headed back to what i thought were the rocks I'd come up through, but ended up coming across a down hill route, that was too full on for me, so I backtracked, and eventually found the route down. Hartmans Rock Mountain bike singletrack ride, Gunnison, Colorado - Click to Enlarge
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Hartmans Rock Mountain bike singletrack ride, Gunnison, Colorado - Click to Enlarge I got back to the car just before the sun set over the ridge. And packed up the bike. Asides from having to backtrack at one point i'd had a fantastic ride, and I'll make a point of coming back to Hartman's rocks to ride again. Hartman's rocks Map - Click to Enlarge
Hartman's rocks profile - Click to Enlarge Fiesta Mexicans Great food - Click to Enlarge I drove another 70 miles east along the 50 to Salida and checked in to the Super 8 motel. Then went and wolfed down a meal at the Mexican restaurant Fiesta Mexicans as I was really hungry after my two rides.

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