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      The Lunch Loops are a stacked singletrack trail system just two miles from downtown Grand Junction. The proximity to town gave the system its name; a trail system you could enjoy on your lunch break. A technical trail system, many riders who come from other areas learn there is another level of riding when exploring these trails. Rocky in nature, the trails cut through the multi-colored desert landscape with frequent step-up and drop moves, steep climbs, and ripping downhills.

      The Lunch Loops feature the first direction downhill trail with "play" features constructed on BLM lands. Free Lunch, designed as an expert trail, has multiple drop sections and a rowdy, technical nature. Other advanced-expert trails in the system include Pucker Up, Holy Cross, Gunny Loop, and Eagle's Wing.

      If you are first exploring the Lunch Loops, consider getting your bearings by riding the classic climbing route, Pet-e-kis up to High Noon, across to Raven's Ridge, down Curt's Down, to Curt's Lane. This is commonly referred to as the Lite Lunch Loop.

      The Lunch Loops are very sensitive to moisture as many of the trails are entirely or have significant sections of expansive soils that become like greased peanut butter when wet, destroying your bike, making your feet each weigh 50 pounds, and hapless riders caught out on wet trails often return covered head to toe in thick, grey mud. Not to mention the damage it does to trails, it will quickly destroy your drivetrain, all your bearings, and invade seals. DO NOT RIDE THE LUNCH LOOPS WHEN IT IS WET
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      Land Status: Regional Recreation Area
      Land Manager: Grand Junction Field Office of the BLM
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      Access Info:
      There are several trailheads that serve the Lunch Loops. The main Lunch Loops Trailhead is accessed off of Monument Road. Parking at the TH can be full almost any day of the year so riding up the new, paved Monument Connector Bike Path from the River Front Trail which connects the entire valley is a great way to warm up and avoid the parking.
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      Stats

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      Trails (view details)
      68
      Trails Mountain Bike
      62
      Trails Hike
      66
      Trails Trail Running
      66
      Total Distance
      53 miles
      Total Descent
      11,013 ft
      Total Vertical
      2,098 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      6,702 ft
      Reports
      866
      Photos
      387
      Ridden Counter
      35,987

      Outside+ Logo Articles

      Colorado's 5 Most Popular Trail Networks According to Trailforks Data
      Oct 20, 2021 from pinkbike.com
      Colorado is the eighth most expansive of the 50 states by area and is home to 53 different mountain peaks in excess of 14,000 feet above sea level.

      Photos of Lunch Loops Mountain Bike

      trail: Holy Cross
      27 |
      Jul 15, 2021 @ 9:22pm
      Jul 15, 2021
      trail: Holy Cross
      35 |
      Jul 15, 2021 @ 9:21pm
      Jul 15, 2021
      trail: Holy Cross
      15 |
      Jul 15, 2021 @ 9:21pm
      Jul 15, 2021
      trail: Free Lunch
      726 |
      Jun 6, 2017 @ 3:37pm
      Jun 6, 2017
      trail: Andys Loop
      464 |
      Apr 15, 2015 @ 6:18pm
      Apr 15, 2015
      trail: Andys Loop
      307 |
      Dec 6, 2014 @ 11:32am
      Dec 6, 2014
      trail: Holy Cross
      494 |
      Nov 18, 2011 @ 8:23pm
      Nov 18, 2011
      trail: Holy Cross
      226 |
      Oct 28, 2010 @ 8:12am
      Oct 28, 2010

      Videos of Lunch Loops Mountain Bike

      Lunch Loops, or Lunch Oops?
      147 | Apr 14, 2021
      Trying a feature 1 too many times!
      trail: Holy Cross
      95 | Jan 22, 2021
      Pucker Up!
      trail: Pucker Up
      87 | Nov 21, 2020
      Free lunch fail
      trail: Free Lunch
      0:32 | 225 | Jan 5, 2020
      The Ribbon Trail in Grand Junction, CO
      trail: The Ribbon
      10:52 | 73 | Dec 19, 2019
      Ripping the MRP Ribbon
      trail: Pucker Up
      1:55 | 140 | Jul 24, 2019
      Cheers to the Dads / Happy Father's Day from MRP
      trail: Gunny Loop
      2:40 | 1616 | Jun 13, 2019
      Course Preview: Grand Junction Off-Road
      trail: Gunny Loop
      3:33 | 1937 | May 8, 2019

      Recent Trail Reports

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      Andys Loop
      Dec 19, 2021 @ 11:00am
      Dec 19, 2021
      DryrandyfayAll perfect, no trouble with any wet...
      Andy's Loop Cuttoff
      Dec 19, 2021 @ 11:00am
      Dec 19, 2021
      Dryrandyfay
      Gunnector
      Dec 19, 2021 @ 11:00am
      Dec 19, 2021
      Freeze/thaw CyclerandyfayThis was fine in the cold, but if was...
      Pet E Kes
      Dec 18, 2021 @ 3:19pm
      Dec 18, 2021
      Freeze/thaw CycleBenCalvertTrail Running
      Lemon Squeezer
      Dec 18, 2021 @ 3:19pm
      Dec 18, 2021
      IdealBenCalvertTrail Running
      Holy Cross
      Dec 17, 2021 @ 1:24pm
      Dec 17, 2021
      Snow Cover InadequateBenCalvert
      Gunny Loop (East)
      Dec 14, 2021 @ 2:35pm
      Dec 14, 2021
      Dryvrod
      Moto Fork
      Dec 2, 2021 @ 1:37pm
      Dec 2, 2021
      DryRoost66
      Bentonite
      Nov 30, 2021 @ 3:51pm
      Nov 30, 2021
      DryRoost66
      Moto
      Nov 30, 2021 @ 3:49pm
      Nov 30, 2021
      DryRoost66

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #1080566RidingmjwishlisttrailThe Ribbon
      Jan 11, 2022 @ 8:21pm
      Jan 11, 2022
      user #1558993ionpriddentrailFree Lunch
      Jan 7, 2022 @ 6:02pm
      Jan 7, 2022
      user #2163583tallbertwishlisttrailThe Ribbon and 3 more
      Dec 31, 2021 @ 2:46pm
      Dec 31, 2021
      user #1824712KarlHankinaddvideoThe Ribbon Trail - EXTENDED CUT - Toilet Bowl Crash!
      Dec 20, 2021 @ 8:41am
      Dec 20, 2021
      user #2468544randyfayaddreportAndys Loop and 2 more
      Dec 19, 2021 @ 4:15pm
      Dec 19, 2021

      Recent Comments

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      user #338726moonrakertrailMiramonte Rim LoopGreat trail best ridden clockwise, all the...
      Dec 18, 2021 @ 3:09pm
      Dec 18, 2021
      user #338726moonrakertrailHoly CrossMy favorite trail in the lunch loops. It’s...
      Nov 5, 2021 @ 6:09pm
      Nov 5, 2021
      user #1511663robertelliswtrailEagle’s TailThe technical sections at the top are ready to...
      Oct 25, 2021 @ 4:18am
      Oct 25, 2021
      user #1004524AFugaxtrailTabeguacheNot a climb trail…as per recommendation from...
      Oct 6, 2021 @ 3:33pm
      Oct 6, 2021
      user #1004524AFugaxtrailGunny Loop (East)Probably the best trail in the Lunch Loops...
      Oct 6, 2021 @ 3:20pm
      Oct 6, 2021

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Third Flats 1 15 42.2 km
      Redlands 19 13 12.7 km
      Gunnison River Bluffs 3 16.4 km
      McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area13.6 km
      Grand Mesa 2 5 115 km

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      Pinkbike Articles

      Oct 20, 2021
      Colorado's 5 Most Popular Trail Networks According to Trailforks Data Colorado's 5 Most Popular Trail Networks According to Trailforks Data
      Colorado is the eighth most expansive of the 50 states by area and is home to 53 different mountain peaks in excess of 14,000 feet above sea level.
      Oct 20, 2021
      The Most Popular Riding Areas in Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, Oregon &amp; Vermont According to Trailforks Data The Most Popular Riding Areas in Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, Oregon & Vermont According to Trailforks Data
      We tasked Brice Shirbach with sifting through the data and intel on our sister site Trailforks to find out what trail networks are most popular...
      Mar 4, 2020
      Video: Dust and Snow on Classic Colorado Trails Video: Dust and Snow on Classic Colorado Trails
      Revel Bikes riders Mason Bond and Brady Tweedy take on some Fruita trails in the snow to test out the new RW30 wheelset.
      Jun 7, 2017
      Grand Enduro: Enduro Comes to the Desert Grand Enduro: Enduro Comes to the Desert
      A new two-day enduro race went off in Grand Junction over the weekend. Get the full race cap of this race in the desert.

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike6244 miles9,226 ft21 miles2,051 ft
      #71#293878601218,384
      Hike6653 miles10,833 ft23 miles2,096 ft
      #50#25858466
      Trail Running6653 miles10,833 ft23 miles2,096 ft
      #49#24858601
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      • Admins: COPMOBA, GVTA, grandvalleydave
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