Noreaster -> Yes N Dee Dee -> Curts Lane Loop

Grand Junction

A short beginner-friendly ride through the Lunch Loops Trail System.

Mountain Biking Moderate

Distance
4.1 km
Ascent
89 m
Descent
89 m
Low Point
1.4 km
High Point
1.5 km
Gradient
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Noreaster -> Yes N Dee Dee -> Curts Lane Loop Map

Description

Grand Junction’s Lunch Loops Trail System is renowned as one of the most technical trail networks on the Western Slope. As local mountain bike mechanic Joel Lipovetsky put it, the locals “break bikes here like it’s going out of style!”

However, if you’re creative and willing to walk over the occasional small rock garden, even a beginner mountain biker can find trails to enjoy in the Lunch Loops network! For a short and achievable singletrack pedal, check out this recommended route.

The ride begins by descending ever so slightly from the main trailhead on flowy, benchcut singletrack. After connecting through a few short trails, you’ll reach the Noreaster trail, which anchors this loop. Follow Noreaster down to the end of the network, and then loop up the hill on a rolling, mellow climb with gorgeous views of the valley and the Monument in the distance.

The final push to the top of the climb traverses some moderately technical rock gardens, which can, of course, be walked. These small rock gardens and the moderately rocky, exposed final descent earn this ride at least a “moderate” difficult rating overall, although many sections of trail are much easier, and some sections could be more difficult than the rating belies.

Once on top of the ridge, pause and take in the view. As you look around, you’ll spot singletrack running in all directions! The loop and connection options in the Lunch Loops Trail System are never-ending and can sometimes feel overwhelmingly complex. For a quick hit, finish this ride as mapped by descending Curts Lane down to the trailhead.

If you’re looking for more mileage, head deeper into the trail system. If you stick to the northern close-to-town end, you can form endless loops on intermediate-friendly singletrack. Most of the expert-level tech trails are found on the southern/higher end of the network.

The final descent down Curts Lane may exceed the “moderate” difficulty rating in places due to a few tight switchbacks, rock moves, and some hillside exposure. Despite the moderate challenge, it’s a fun, fast finish to this short loop that most riders will absolutely love! For an easier finish, try Yes N Dee Dee and Big Sister.

Sources: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWCLQBkk404

Difficulty

Moderate

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability, with unavoidable obstacles 8in/20cm tall or less. Other obstacles such as rock gullies and steep sections may exist. Ideal for lower intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Flow
  • Technical
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack
  • Rock Gardens

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