Gunny Loop (Lunch Loops), Grand Junction, CO

Back in October I went out to Grand Junction for a few days to ride the Lunch Loops.  It was my first attempt at riding here, and I started with Gunny Loop.  Such a great ride!  But a difficult one – I endo’ed twice and got both on the highlight vid below.

Gunny Loop, Grand Junction, CO
Gunny Loop, Grand Junction, CO

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Navajo Rocks Chaco Loop, Moab, UT

One of my favorite rides in Moab is the Navajo Rocks Chaco Loop, which is an easy ride through and next to really scenic rock formations.  The total ride is about 18 miles, so it’s pretty much a full day. 

I always thought the direction to ride was counter-clockwise.  But after my third run last week, I thought this would be really fun clockwise.  Sure enough, when I looked at the ride on MTB Project today, the recommend direction is clockwise.  I can’t wait to go back in 2018 and ride it that way.

 
 
can't let it tip over
can’t let it tip over

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Alaska & Homer (Klondike Bluffs), Moab, UT

As you head down Highway 191 from I70 towards Moab, the first set of trails you hit are in the Klondike Bluffs area.  There are several fun rides here. Because they are short, you can stitch them together in a variety of ways. 

At the north end of the park are Alaska, Homer and Nome.  I rode up Mega Steps to Alaska.  At the top of the trail the views of the Salt Valley below are stunning.  And you have great views to the south and west too.

on Alaska
on Alaska

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Bartlett Wash, Jedi Slickrock, Moab, UT

In the spirit of the season when I went back to Moab last week I rode Bartlett Wash and Jedi Slickrock.  These short rides are off the beaten path.  They offer huge fun as you bomb over drops, down into bowls, and on the edge of beautiful slickrock.  But, there is no specific trail, so you need to be careful as some of the bowls drop fast.

There is a  wide variation in color in this truly unique area.  And the grooves in the slick rock look like they were professionally paved.  It is photographers dream out here.

Bartlett Wash
Bartlett Wash

Right across the road from Barlett Wash is Jedi Slickrock.  It’s a little hard to find, and not well marked.

Jedi Slickrock
Jedi Slickrock

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Chasm Lake, Allenspark, CO

My friend Anthony scheduled a meetup today to hike up from the Longs Peak trail head to Chasm Lake.  It was a perfect day – sunny and warm with almost no wind. 

We crossed a somewhat sketchy face with no issues, and got up to the lake by noon.  We ventured out onto the ice slowly and realized by looking at the frozen bubbles that the ice was at least a foot thick, so folks starting skating all over.  It was such a fun experience.

I can walk on water!
I can walk on water!

Be sure to check out this hike done in the summer.

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North Table Mountain, Golden, CO

North Table Mountain in Golden is just a few minutes outside of Denver off I70, is an easy ride, and offers great views of the city. I rode on a beautiful day in October with the fall color in full bloom.

facing Golden
facing Golden
Denver in distance
Denver in distance
back to parking lot
back to parking lot

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Pipe Dream, Moab, UT

Before I headed back to Boulder after a few days of riding, I got one last one in.  Pipe Dream is a challenging trail below the Moab Valley Rim. It’s fairly technical as there are alot of rocks to hop as well as tight turns. The signage speaks of a “no dab challenge” which seemed impossible to me.

hunker down!
hunker down!

Captain Ahab (Amasa Back), Moab, UT

Captain Ahab is a rip roaring technical ride in Amasa Back down to Cliffhanger and Kane Creek road. It’s full of rock gardens and offers huge views of Jackson Hole and Canyonlands.  As you descend you’ll end up riding along Kane Creek on a cliff edge around huge boulders.  The exposure isn’t too bad, although there’s a soft left turn that you really need to make.

looking down on Jackson Hole
looking down on Jackson Hole

looking down on Kane Creek
looking down on Kane Creek Road
Kane Creek
Kane Creek
"No matter what the cows say."
“No matter what the cows say.”

Monitor Merrimac, Moab, UT

Monitor Merrimac is a relatively unknown but fun and easy ride outside of Moab.  There is a long slab of bumpy slickrock that you can bomb down if you do the loop clockwise.  There are a few sand traps, but they are short and easily walkable.  This is a nice ride for beginners, or to cap a long day of riding elsewhere in Moab.

riding clockwise
riding counter-clockwise
near the summit
near the summit

Pothole Arch (Amasa Back), Moab, UT

Got out last week to my favorite place and rode Amasa Back up to Pothole Arch.  Most folks who ride Amasa don’t bother going up to the arch, but they should.  There is some really fun slickrock riding, ledges and cliff edge riding with incredible views of Jackson Hole.  And the view from the top to the east and the La Sals is spectacular.

view from above Pothole Arch
view from above Pothole Arch

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