Day 14 - Fruita - Grand Traverse ride

Grand Traverse trail MTB ride (Rustlers Loop, Horse Thief Bench, Marys trail, Steves Loop, Lions Trail, Troy Built, Mack Ridge, Moore Fun Mountain Bike trails) - (Fruita, Colorado)

 
 
 
 
 
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I woke up to another sunny day, and made my self banana waffles, then I packed up my stuff. Intending to go and ride some trails I had not done before over at rabbit valley. But after driving all the way over there I discovered I had left the bag with my helmet and shoes back at the Hotel, so I had to drive all the way back to Grand Junction. As I had wasted a lot of time doing this I decided to go and ride at the Kokopelli trails again.

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There were quite a few people parked up at the Kokopelli trail head, it was quite warm and windy today. I decided to end my holiday with a long ride the Grand Traverse which takes in nearly all the trails in the area. Kokopelli trail head - Click to Enlarge
Rustlers - Click to Enlarge First of all I rode round the Rustlers loop a trail with a variety of double track and single track, view's of the river and nothing that technical

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Rustlers Singletrack (28MB)

Next I rode up Mary's Loop an old Jeep track at this point until the Horse thief bench turning and then I hiked down to the Bench

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Start of Horse thief Bench (16 MB)

Horse Thief Bench Trail - Click to Enlarge The Horse thief bench mountain bike trail has loads of great singletrack which is smooth and fast mixed in with some technical bits. Horse Thief Bench Trail - Click to Enlarge

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Nearing end of Horse thief Singletrack (4 MB)

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Someone riding down into Horse thief (5 MB)

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Looking back at Horse thief Bench Trails

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Looking down descent to Horse thief bench

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Way up from Horse thief

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I hiked back up to Mary's Loop and continued riding along it towards Steve Loop, the trail turns into single track just past a spring above a cliff.

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Mary's Loop Singletrack (32 MB)

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Marys trail - Click to Enlarge From Mary's Loop trail I turned off onto Steve's loop , a nice trail which goes round the edges of the cliffs and eventually climbs back up again to Mary's Loop.

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Steve's loop Singletrack (8 MB)

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In the pictures above you can see the trail I'd ridden along to get to this point down below.

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Looking along Lions loop trail

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Lions Loop singletrack (16 MB)

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When the Lions Loops singletrack ends there a quite relentless climb up a dirt road before you get to the turning for Troy Built Loop.

Troy Built Kokopelli Trails

Riding down troy Built (37MB)

I headed down Troy Built trail, the trail is quite technical in places, and has a lot of up and downs, although I would say it has more down that up ridden the way I was going. Along the way I me a group of riders riding the wrong way and they looked like they were suffering.

Troy Built Kokopelli Trails

Nearing the end of Troy Built (16 MB)

At the end of Troy built I slogged my way up the Lions Loop trail a dirt road, with loose section of rock, which climbed and climbed until I reached the turn for Mack Ridge Trail - which also continued climbing but not so steeply.

The Mack Ridge trail headed along the edge of the ridge, and had some good views. Along the way I saw another rider pushing their bike the wrong way along the trail.
The descent down mack ridge was for me un-rideable in a couple of sections with large boulders, but on the whole it was a good ride down.

Mack Ridge Trail

Mack Ridge Descent (5 MB)

Mack Ridge Trail

Mack Ridge Descent (17 MB)

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Mack Ridge Trail

Looking back at Mack Ridge

At the end of Mack Ridge trail I rode over the the Moore Fun Trail, and headed up it, as I was feeling quite tired the technical bits of the up hill sections of the trail did defeat me at times. By Now it had also got very blustery.

Moore Fun Trail

Near the top of Moore Fun trail (6 MB)

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Moore Fun Trail

Heading down Moore Fun (20 MB)

The descent down Moore Fun was pretty technical in places, but overall it was good fun. At the end of Moore fun I headed back to the SUV. At the Car Park I gave my track pump away to another mountain biker as I did not have room for it in my luggage. This had been the longest ride of my holiday at about 35 miles (Distance from cycle computer which is more accurate than GPS). And it had been a tough ride, but a good way to end the holiday.

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Grand Traverse Map

I headed back to Grand Junction and went to a Target to buy a load of our favorite brand of toothpaste which they don't sell in England, I stopped off at a Sports Authority and bought 12 tubes of Camalbak Elixier which is also not sold in England, and then I bought some food at safeway along with some Pizza from the Pizza place near safeway. Before heading back to the Hotel where I ate my food, had a swim and then packed up my bike. Packing Bike - Click to Enlarge

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