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Marys Loop

Average Rating:    (4.34 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 38

Hard pack, single and double track. Rocky and some technical stretches. Outstanding trail, one of the most popular in the area. Four other loops branch from this trail. Panoramic views of the Colorado River and surrounding canyon lands.
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Latitude
39.173324066263085
Longitude
-108.83228302001953
Trail Directions
I-70 to Loma Exit, South, behind truck weigh station.
Trail Length
8 1/2 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Fruita/Grand Junction
   


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Review Date
April 9, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Acecee ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
It looks like it has been about 5 years since the last review was posted so timing is good for an update. The trail remains my favorite in the Fruita area - and is maintained so well that, every time you ride it, it is as good as the first time. As the trail popularity has grown, so have the crowds of users. The parking area has great facilities. The lots can often be near full, but I have always found a space. The trail is great to ride both clockwise and counterclockwise. My favorite mix & match, is to ride Mary's Loop, Steves Loop, and Horsethief Bench. Despite the crowds, you can often find yourself without any riders in sight as you make your way around the loop. Some trail segments remain as challenging as the first time. A obstacle you might walk around one ride can become a fun challenge - if it feels right. Ridden clockwise, Mary's changes from mostly sandy double track, to a more challenging, and rocky, rollercoaster ride - until you reach the Steve's Loop cutoff. Mary's begins with a nice aerobic workout up a short hill to the canyon edge double-track. A short ride on the trail brings you to the Horsethief Bench cattle guard. I am still not insane enough to try the descent into Horsethief - leave that for younger, bolder riders, and just enjoy the show if I happen to be there when someone attempts it. Horsethief is a great - clockwise ride - that combines canyon rim views with dry stream bed whoop-di-doos. Eventually you gently ascend back to the entrance, and carry your bike back to Mary's. After some double track riding converts to desert singletrack, you find yourself at a trail junction with Steve's Loop - also known as the Handcuffs. The decent to Steve's canyon rim is a fun drop with one obstacle I have never seen anyone ride (you'll know it when you see it). It then levels out for a scenic canyon-edge ride. You reach a junction with a trail leading up canyon to Mary's, or continue along the rim (this is the connection of the handcuffs - I assume). I always opt for canyon edge. After some more scenic - and occasionally challenging riding, you head up a dry stream bed and reach a hill climb, and ride back to Mary's. Frontage road will take you back to the parking area.

Recommended Route:
Clockwise: Mary's Loop to Horsethief Bench, then back up to Mary's. Eventually drop into Steves loop. Ride both handcuffs and link back with Mary's for the ride up the hill to the connection with the frontage road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
18 Rd. trails, Zion Curtain and Western Rim Trail.



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Review Date
September 4, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: feltbee ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This past labor day weekend I got in my first ever Fruita area rides. I had heard great things and seen wonderful videos done by Pete Fagerlin but it just doesn't compare to experiencing it yourself! I chose to do the Mary's Loop ride (minus Horsethief) and was the first on the trail at about 6:45am. The ride was excellent and there were only a couple times I had to get off for a technical section over my skill level. I'm already planning my next trip and have been looking for a job in the area so I can ride there all the time!



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Review Date
June 4, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: vtmtnbiker ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Mary's is rideable by novices in all but a handful of short sections. It is fast and fun, winding along rim rock overlooking the CO River for much of the route. The start is probably the hardest section: a long, loose climb. Mary's is a good trail to combine w/ others in the area. It is located in the Kokopelli network - the trailhead is on the south side of I-70 at the Lima exit (one exit west of Fruita).



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Review Date
October 16, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: fletchfighters ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Moved back to Denver from GJ. Rode it again before hitting Moab. Much more fun than Moab and closer trails than Moab. Clockwise is the best way to ride. Did rustlers as a warmup. For more fun, do not take the fire road back to parking area, ride it the opposite way back.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rustlers, steve's, lions, troy built, anb the complex at 18 1/2 road. All fun and easier to connect to than Moab. Can do 4 trails in less time than going from parking area to parking area in Moab.



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Review Date
September 1, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: wrallen2 ,  Cross Country Rider , from Morrison,Colorado

Summary:
This trail lived up to my expectations, which were based on reviews I'd read here. This is a great intermediate trail with a few technical areas. I typically like more of a technical challenge, but the scenery more than made up for the lack of technical terrain. We rode Rustlers loop initially and accidentally, but it ended up being a good warm up. We rode Marys Loop to Horsethief Bench loop and finished on Marys Loop. About 18 miles in all. We drove 2 1/2 hours from where we were staying in Beaver Creek to ride this trail and it was well worth the trip.

Recommended Route:
From the East, Exit 15, 4 miles West of Fruita, head South and cross over I-70, take a right just past the eastbound offramp, up a dirt road for about 1/2 mile and you will see the parking lot on your left

Other recommended trails in the same area:
slick rock trail in Moab



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