3 miles
Distance
1,004 ft
Climb
-600 ft
Descent
00:40:23
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Andys Loop Trail
  • BLM
    BLM
    Land Manager

Andys Loop Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Lunch Loops
    Grand Junction, Colorado
  • AKA
    Andy's Loop
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (2 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #32245 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    50 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 40 in Trail Running
    • 40 in Hiking

Andy's loop is technical, with steep climbing either way you ride it. It is not popular, and thus not busy, but also not well-maintained. It's bordering on backcountry. It feels long, some of it is new and very sandy. It is a challenge not to be taken too lightly. BUT... it offers a variety of terrain that no other Lunch Loop trail can, and views that rival any others.

Andy's is typically ridden from South to North, or from the access at the end of the Ribbon or Little Park Road. From that point the trail descends into a valley via hard-packed bentonite soil- fast. The trail continues along the bottom of the valley for a short ways before climbing- with two options. The far right trail climbs steeply up the valley wall, and is narrow and sketchy, before it connects to the newer section of trail (currently marked with red flags). The left fork (where the trail sign is) indicates a short hike-a-bike up to where it meets up with the valley-wall trail.

After the long, rigorous and potentially terrifying climb check out the views The descent is also fast, but mostly flowing on hard-packed dirt without forced technical sections. After the joy of flowing among the sagebrush, the trail begins to climb again through a section of rough, and at times quite steep, trail littered with lava stones, which eventually give way to the typical sandy terrain before a short and steep ascent to Eagle Tail.

Though Andy's is not for the faint hearted, remember, \"Adventure is out there!\"

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More Stats for Andys Loop mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    405 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,859 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,449 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,002 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,407 ft
  • Grade
    2.599%
  • Grade max
    -31.79%
  • Grade min
    47.703%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    997 ft
  • Avg time
    00:40:23
  • Avg reverse time
    00:32:06
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Status:
on Nov 5, 2019
Dry
Avg: 3.6 (5 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Groomed
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  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Sight Sight
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  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Andys Loop Trail Reports

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      Nov 5, 2019 @ 8:56am
      Nov 5, 2019
      Oct 9, 2017 @ 7:57am
      Oct 9, 2017
      reporter
      Aug 20, 2016 @ 9:18pm
      Aug 20, 2016
      Muddy in the lower washes. Could be bad in the Canyon
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 35 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      All
      • 159 rides
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      Photos

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      Aug 6, 2019 @ 7:40pm
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      Aug 6, 2019 @ 3:26pm
      Aug 6, 2019
      370 |
      Apr 15, 2015 @ 6:18pm
      Apr 15, 2015
      237 |
      Dec 6, 2014 @ 11:32am
      Dec 6, 2014

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