6 miles
Distance
1,343 ft
Climb
-767 ft
Descent
01:35:24
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Butterknife Trail
  • BLM
    BLM
    Land Manager

Butterknife Details

  • Riding Area
    Third Flats
    Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #34308 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    BLM Grand Junction Field Office

The Butterknife singletrack trail is a motorized, motorcycle trail that was built with state motorized funds and is a great example of a motorized trail that is a great mountain bike trail. Please be aware that you may see motorcycles on the trail, but both user groups happily coexist.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Butterknife bike trail
  • Altitude change
    576 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,919 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,512 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,929 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,505 ft
  • Grade
    1.793%
  • Grade max
    -39.682%
  • Grade min
    41.517%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,388 ft
  • Avg time
    01:35:24
  • Avg reverse time
    00:56:04
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Status:
on Mar 30, 2018
Dry
Avg: 3.15 (6 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction
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  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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  • Photos
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • 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
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
  • Other Other
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      Butterknife Trail Reports

      datedescription
      Mar 30, 2018 @ 1:43pm
      Mar 30, 2018
      Great descent in the west to east direction
      Nov 20, 2017 @ 5:41am
      Nov 20, 2017
      Oct 29, 2017 @ 8:34am
      Oct 29, 2017
      May 22, 2017 @ 2:03pm
      May 22, 2017
      Hero
      May 7, 2017 @ 3:30pm
      May 7, 2017
      Storm dumped a good bit of rain making for bentonite good times
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
      •  
      6 Months
      • 11 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
      All
      • 288 rides
      •  

      Photos

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      278 |
      Aug 1, 2012 @ 11:17pm
      Aug 1, 2012
      Butterknife, Grand Junction
      280 |
      Aug 1, 2012 @ 11:16pm
      Aug 1, 2012
      Butterknife, Grand Junction

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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag grandvalleydave GVTA (Jun 22, 2015 at 16:42)
       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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag mtnmanjake (Apr 18, 2016 at 16:57)
       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.
      [Reply]

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