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Mary's Loop

Page Type: Trail

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.01065°N / 108.58887°W

Trail Type: Cross Country, Mountain

Technical Difficulty: Medium

Aerobic Difficulty: Medium

Layout: Loop

Elevation Gain: 600 ft / 183 m

Length: 8.5 Mi / 13.7 Km

Route Quality: 
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Page By: JDub

Created/Edited: Nov 6, 2007 / Nov 6, 2007

Object ID: 263960

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Overview

Mary's loop is a very popular "first ride" to get you used to the Fruita area riding. It is mainly fast and flowing, but a few technical steeps will keep you on your toes.

There are many spur/loop options, and most will want to include another loop such as Horsethief Bench and/or Steve's to make a worthy ride.

Trail Description

The trail starts with a climb, and depending on where you park, a bit of doubletrack. The climbing and wide trail gives way to faster flowing singletrack as the Colorado River views begin to appear. You'll find yourself wanting to look at the scenery, but keep your eyes open for a couple techy rock sections along the way.

1.4 miles into Mary's Trail, you'll encounter a cattle guard that leads to a nasty portage section (for most) that drops you to Horsethief Bench where you can add another nice loop.

You can veer right at 1.4 miles to continue on Mary's, where you can then add on Steve's & Handcuffs for starters before doubling back on Mary's to the parking lot or riding the service road back to the car.

Getting There

Mary's Loop is accessed from the Kokopelli area parking lots off I-70 on exit 15, roughly 4 miles west of Fruita.

Several parking lots are available, although the biggest lots are closest to I-70 and give you a nice warm up climb up and over the ridge on the gravel road.

When to Bike

Year round biking is available, although winter months can bring snow.

Google Earth

This depicts a loop of Mary's to Horsethief to Mary's to Steve's to Handcuff's to Moore Fun and back to the parking lot.

Mary s - Horsethief - Steves - Handcuffs - Moore Fun
 

Images

Marys Loop ViewMary's Loop hangs over the Colorado River