Day 3 - Kokopelli Trails Mountain Bike Trails (Fruita)
 
 
 
 
 


 
 Kokopelli Trails -> Rustlers -> Marys -> Horsethief Bench -> Mary's ->Steve's Loop -> Lions -> Troy Built -> Lions -> Mack Ridge -> Moore Fun singletrack mountain bike ride.

La Quinta Inn St George - Click to Enarge I woke up fairly early at 6.30am and updated my web site with the previous days details which took a while. I then got my self breakfast at the hotel. And then drove into Grand Junction to look for a battery for my cycle computer, I found a battery at an Albertsons. Then I drove to the Edge Bike shop to see if they had any good stuff. I had a chat with the owner of the store Mike and asked if he could face off my front fork, to see if i could get rid of the howling noises I had been getting from my brakes, and he offered to do it for me straight away, so he faced off my disk mounts, and also bled my front disk brake while I waited. Best service i've ever had from a bike shop. La Quinta Inn St George - Click to Enarge
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I then drove to the Kokopelli trail head parking lot at Loma.

It was a cooler day about 60f and they was a pretty strong easterly wind blowing. There were also rain clouds all around the Kokopelli trail area , but none directly overhead.

From the parking lot I rode over to the Rustlers Loop trail

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Kokopelli Trails (Colorado) - Click to Enlarge The Rustlers loop trail was great fun to ride, with fast smooth singletrack, with great views. It even has instructional signs along the way so new comers to mountain biking can learn new skills. Kokopelli Trails (Colorado) - Click to Enlarge
Kokopelli Trails (Colorado) - Click to Enlarge Once i'd finished riding the Rustlers loop I headed up the Mary's Loop trail, The trail which was mainly double track headed up and eventually I came to the horse thief bench Trail head. Kokopelli Trails (Colorado) - Click to Enlarge
Kokopelli Trails (Colorado) - Click to Enlarge The Horse Thief Bench trail was great singletrack, fast and flowing with the technical moves and ledges etc thrown in to add to the fun. Kokopelli Trails (Colorado) - Click to Enlarge
Kokopelli Trails (Colorado) - Click to Enlarge Once I had finished the Horse Thief loop I rejoined Mary's Loop trail and headed west. Lots of ominous black clouds had started to boil up at his point and I could feel spots of rain. But I decided to carry on riding rather than turn back. The trail tuned from double track to singletrack in places, and was very scenic with great river views. I rode along the trail until it came to Steve's Loop. Steve's loop was very good narrow singletrack which wound it way along the cliffs above the river. Kokopelli Trails (Colorado) - Click to Enlarge
Kokopelli Trails (Colorado) - Click to Enlarge From Steve's Loop I then rode up the Lions Loop trail, another fun trail with tight singletrack, with smooth and rocky section - all great fun. Kokopelli Trails (Colorado) - Click to Enlarge
Kokopelli Trails (Colorado) - Click to Enlarge Eventually after a pretty steep ascent, I arrived at the Troy built trail. The rain clouds had now moved away from the area. The Troy built trail had superb technical singletrack which first headed down and the rolled up and down until it rejoined with the Lions loop trail. I managed to miss the trail at one wash crossing and headed up a side wash, like many people before me. Kokopelli Trails (Colorado) - Click to Enlarge
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Next I headed up the Lions loops trail, which was a pretty hard slog up hill on a dirt road, until I reached the Mack Ridge trail cutoff. At this point I ran out of water in my camel bak, but I decided to carry on riding. I rode up the mack trail, which was fun singletrack which contoured the cliff edge, followed up by lashings of technical singletrack heading down hill.

I discovered that I had lost my riding buddy, Mr Tripod somewhere between the end of Troy Built and Mack Ridge, if you find him please give him a good home 8-)

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Kokopelli Trails (Colorado) - Click to Enlarge The views and riding was great, and eventually I arrived at the start of the Moore Fun Ridge trail. Kokopelli Trails (Colorado) - Click to Enlarge
Kokopelli Trails (Colorado) - Click to Enlarge Although by this point I was feeling very thirsty and tired, I decided to do the Moore fun trail as I had never ridden it before. The trail was very technical and it had a fair bit of hard uphill sections, and I found myself pushing the bike a quite a few places. Kokopelli Trails (Colorado) - Click to Enlarge
Kokopelli Trails (Colorado) - Click to Enlarge The trail was great though, buff singletrack mixed in with rock gardens, and tricky tech moves,and great views. Eventually the trail exited out near the dirt road back to the car park. I flew off down a singletrack trail to the dirt road, and then almost had a big crash as I dipped down into a gully and then realized their was a 2 ft step on the other side, I slammed into the step with my front wheel, and me and my bike bounced off at an angle, amazingly my front wheel didn't buckle. Kokopelli Trails (Colorado) - Click to Enlarge

My cycle computer told me I had ridden 35 miles, and at least 26 miles of that was excellent singletrack !!. The trails in this area are great.

I then headed back to the hotel had a swim and hot-tub, and then went out to an Outback Restaurant for some grub, But the food was not very good way too salty - and not as good as other Outback's I had been to before.

DAY 4