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Horse Thief's Bench

Average Rating:    (4.39 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 18

A good koppapelli loop, one of the larger loops. it starts off with a crazy down hill..(portage) loops back by the river. good ups and downs. sends you through an old river bed. that part is very scenic. toward the end it can get fast with some nice drops. very fun. If you are in the area hit this trail then when you're done go eat at WW-Peppers great food and service I recomend the Pollo Portebello if you like mushrooms.. mmmm.. it's in Grand Junction off of Hydaway Dr.
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Latitude
39.13006024213511
Longitude
-108.7646484375
Trail Directions
go to over the edge bike shop in fruita for a local trail map. it's worth getting the good map.
Trail Length
about 8 mls.
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Fruita
   


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Review Date
May 16, 2013

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: GcMcG ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Took the advice from the reviews of MTBR and road this on my first trip to Fruita this week. Im sorry to say it didn't live up to the hype. The scenery made it worth it but the flow was little and far between and when you do find it, a ledge would ruin it. I could see it being more fun after a few laps on it.

Other than scenery, I just couldn't find anything that made this trail interesting.

Recommended Route:
clockwise

Other recommended trails in the same area:
18 road, lunch loops



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Review Date
March 22, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: wandr ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Horsethief Bench is one of my favorite classic Fruita rides, with fun twisty singletrack competing for spectacular views along most of its length. The trail starts at the Horsethief Bench drop in from Mary's, which is one of the sections where less-than advanced riders will probably want to walk, but don't let it disuade you- the rest of the trail is super stoke. Some sections are sandy, some are solid slickrock, but there are fun-sized ledges throughout. This is a MUST-ride your first time in Fruita.

See this clip for a good representation of the ride:

http://vimeo.com/wandr/horsethief-bench-trail-fruita

Don't worry, there will not be 80's music blaring from the sky when you visit!

Recommended Route:
90% of people seem to go clockwise, and that works best for me.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mary's, Lions, Mack Ridge. If you are a beginner, try Rustlers Loop first, because Horsethief Bench is a step harder than Rustlers.



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Review Date
September 26, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: GJfun ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great trail. Must do if your in the area

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBOqfex6hPc



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Review Date
August 23, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Big Foot ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a must do trail if you are in the area. Fun fast one foot drops up and down. On our trip we did this loop 2 days it was so good.

Recommended Route:
If live though the first 200 foot down hill turn left it gets easier from there

Other recommended trails in the same area:
moore Fun I was laughing with fear at some points and loved it



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Review Date
June 9, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ATBScott ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great advanced intermediate level trail. The drop in is pretty hairy in a couple of spots - I rode down at the start, but didn't want to trash my chainring or body on the lower half! Don't let the drop-in discourage you if you are a competent technical rider, you can ride almost all of the rest of the trail. There are a couple of spots that may put you into a "discretion is the better part of valor" mode, but this is a wonderful loop. We did it in the recommended clockwise direction, but I would think that both ways would be fun. Some nice ledge drops and climbs, and spectacular views. There are a couple of tougher sections but they are rideable for a better rock-rider and most of the trail can be ridden by any solid intermediate rider. I will be making another trip to Fruita/Grand Junction, these trails are easily as fun as Moab.

Recommended Route:
Start in from Mary's Loop going clockwise, up and over the small ridge, and after about 1-1/2 miles of easy dirt road climbing go into the gate on the left and down the drop. Only a couple hundred feet of foot-work if you won't ride any of it. If you ride all of it, you may be looking to ride Moore Fun instead of this! Even if you do ride it this is a fun trail. After the loop is completed, hike up the drop in and continue on Mary's Loop. Mary's gets fun shortly after the Horsethief Loop and is plenty of fun on it's own. At the top of Mary's, you can descend down the fireroad to the cars, or if you are looking for more, start the climb up to Moore Fun, which is a bit tougher than all of what you did already. Moore technical, Moore elevation, Moore rocks, but an outstanding trail also. We did this as Mary's/Horsetheif/Moore Fun and it was our best day out for a week in the area, in my opinion.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tabaguache area in GJ (Holy Cross is a hoot), Moore Fun if you like some more challenging rides.



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