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Now that it’s starting to warm up, I headed back out to Fruita to take advantage of the sun.  One of my favorites is Mack Ridge.  You can ride the trail as part of a loop, or as an out-and-back.  I combined it with a fun new trail called Hawkeye which I’ll save for another post.

The ride starts with a long climb that isn’t too difficult, although you’ll pass through some gnarly rock fields that will probably have you off the bike.  There’s also one hike-a-bike technical section that is a bit of a challenge to get through.

Once you get to the top, you can take in stunning views of the Colorado River down below.

Then the fun begins as you ride the ridge along the river with some exposure. Once I moved away from the edge I turned around to descend, and bomb down through the rock fields back to the start.

Lion’s to Steve’s Loop

Another route is to ride counter-clock-wise from Mack Ridge to Lion’s Loop to Steve’s Loop.

Mack Ridge

Steve’s Loop is on my all-time favorite list.  Riding the rim around the canyon is a huge rush, and the first time I came around the bend to see the exposure I nearly froze solid.  But you have plenty of room to negotiate, and after a few times it’s not such a big deal.  It’s a popular ride – I’ve actually seen folks do it on a tandem!  If you try it be sure to stop and check out the Colorado River.

Steve’s Loop

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