18.6 miles
Distance
2,859 ft
Climb
-2,865 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

This is an e-bike preferred route, although it is used by both mt bikes and motos. It is mostly single track featuring 2nd Thoughts and The Butterknife trails.
It also includes Canyon View, Rollover Ridge, and Quad Rocker and 6 more named segments.
No repeats. Several options for shortening the ride.
99% paved access. Park at BLM's Third Flats Trailhead lot. Toilets. No water.

Detailed Description
A+ Butterknife Loop is a 19 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Grand Junction Colorado. This e-bike primary route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 7 trails. This route climbs 2,859 ft with a max elevation of 6,417 ft then descends -2,865 ft.
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9 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
bkxc (Oct 26, 2020 at 16:27)
Trail Butterknife
I had a blast on this trail, ridden in the "downhill" direction (west to east) on an eBike. This trail on a normal bike would be absolutely brutal. It has TONS of fun techy climbs, but dear god, after the 10th one you'd be thinking "Can't be many more!" and you'd be wrong. Great eBike trail!
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bryanw18 (Oct 15, 2019 at 6:24)
I love this network near my house. Challenging enough, but not so difficult to take less experienced riders on.
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inchmile (May 15, 2019 at 15:52)
Not listed as ebike, but it is. Same status as The Butterknife.
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jgraham1040 (May 16, 2018 at 12:06)
I love this trail, for being so new it's amazing, I rode this as an uphill and while it was a bit loose at the end but the overall condition of the trail is great for being so new. I recommend dropping some tire pressure for this one lots of technical rocks to climb over along with some loose and dry bits too.
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BMBURCHAM (May 18, 2017 at 16:05)
Super duper fun trail. Perfect for beginners to try out.
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mysticmountainadventures (Apr 18, 2016 at 16:57)
Trail Butterknife
As grandvalleydave noted this is a moto trail and there are better options for mountain bikes to choose from in the area. Some nice views and neat sections but give it a miss unless you've got a thing for riding moto trails on a bicycle.
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inchmile (Jan 17, 2020 at 13:07)
Trail Butterknife
I disagree with Jake. This is a great, somewhat technical mountain bike trail. I love it and I'm 75.
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mysticmountainadventures (Apr 18, 2016 at 16:52)
This is a wide smooth double track moto trail. There are plenty of beautiful and amazing trails in the area specifically for mountain bikes. Don't waste your time riding this moto/quad trail unless you're really desperate to find something new that you haven't done yet.
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grandvalleydave GVTA (Jun 22, 2015 at 16:42)
Trail Butterknife
A favorite test piece for the Grand Valley and featured prominently in the Grand Junction Off-Road mountain bike event. Please note, that this is a motorized singletrack trail, built by motorcyclists and mountain bikers need to respect this fact.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    E-Bike
  • Other Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Horse
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Dirtbike/Moto
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    3
More Stats for A+ Butterknife Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -6 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,926 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,882 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,876 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -45.6%
  • Grade min
    37.6%
  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
Avg: 1.5 (2 votes)
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