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RIBBON DOWNHILL

Average Rating:    (3.92 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

OPEN AREAS OF SLICKROCK, WITH GREAT SINGLETRACK. CAN LEAD TO POSSIBLE OTHER SINGLE TRACK OR DOUBLE TRACK
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Latitude
39.014382215631244
Longitude
-108.64997863769531
Trail Directions
TAKE GRAND AVENUE ACROSS RIVER AND TURN LEFT ON MONUMENT ROAD. tHE FIRST LEFT WILL BE LITTLE PARK ROAD TAKE THAT UP HILL FOR 5-6 MILES. ON THE RIGHT WILL BE A PARKING LOT WITH THE TRAILHEAD SIGN. CONTINUE DOWNHILL, BUT THEN CLIMB UP TO SLICKROCK AND CONTINUE DOWN.
Trail Length
8 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Grand Junction
   


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Review Date
November 2, 2012

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Josh ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This ride is tantalizing as it is visible from much of the Grand Valley, and everyone should do it at least once. You should definitely climb it because shuttling is lame. It's not a bad climb. You may get bored but it's a good workout. The descent is in my opinion a waste of good, hard-earned elevation. It's the only ride I've ever done where I smelled bike brakes. The initial drop into the gulch and subsequent singletrack is fun and challenging, then once you get to the slickrock it gets meh, with a couple interesting sections between slabs.

Recommended Route:
Little Park Road descent to Andy's, up the Ribbon, turn around if you're just wanting to check out the ribbon. Otherwise, from the Tabeguache trailhead, up Eagle's to Free Lunch, down to Prenup, up to the road and then descend to the gulch as above. For the return, take Prenup to Holy Cross to Miramonte Rim to Bentonite.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Holy Cross, Mary's, Horsethief, Steve's, Joe's Ridge, Primecut, Kessel



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Review Date
May 11, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: SweatyYeti ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The upper half of this trail is all slickrock and is the best part of the trail. It is totally awesome, wide open cruising. Be very careful dropping into the infamous toilet bowl section. The lower half of this trail is a combination of sandy to rocky single track that ends in a series of rocky arroyo bottoms. This lower half is not quite as awesome as the upper slickrock part and there are sections that you will need to walk. The lowest most part of this trail was recently re-routed. The re-route was poorly conceived, parts of it are nearly unrideable, and other parts will be washed away with the first big rainstorm of the season. I would rate this trail as advanced, if you attempt to ride all the difficult sections, or intermediate if you walk the difficult sections (which are few, but obvious). A great ride in general, and usually less crowded then the nearby, more popular Lunch Loops trails.

Recommended Route:
Much to my dislike, this trail has become a shuttle ride for lazy downhill hellions, otherwise known as shuttle bunnies. I ride this trail both ways, up and down. The uphill ride is an aerobic challenge for worthy mountain bikers. The shuttle bunnies are missing the whole point of riding a mountain bike; hard sweat is rewarded by a great downhill.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Start at the Lunch Loops parking lot and ride up most any trail to get to the start of the Ribbon trial off Little Park Road. Unless, of course you are a shuttle bunny, then just hop into one of the lazy boy shuttles to get your creampuff bunny buns to the top. Shuttle bunnies will not break a sweat until they reach the bottom of this trail and find that they have to hike (yes, little bunny, hike) a few hundred feet up a steep, loose, shale slope to get back to Little Park Road.



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Chadsfasterthanshane (07/25/2014)
Dude....let people do what the f
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Review Date
December 6, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: CanyonDad ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I live in Grand Junction, and ride the Ribbon UP when I'm feeling really strong. It's a major grunt, but totally worth it once you reach the top and bomb back down. Trail builders just re-routed the bottom of the hike a bike section back up to Little Park road. First spot isn't rideable, but the rest will be for the strongest. For a big climb, park at the bottom of Gunny on Little Park Rd, come up Gunny and then up the Ribbon, back down the way you came.



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Review Date
April 18, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: teocalli401 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
You must RIDE UP to truly enjoy this trail. Climbing will help you look for more creative and fun lines on the downhill. Plus 70% of the climb is on slick rock making the ride bearable. To those you encounter asking why your riding it uphill. Let them know it's for the sick paved road downhill. Then call them pussies. cause they are. Awsome downhill section. Don't forget to try to descend the toilet bowl up top.

Recommended Route:
Up Up. Down to Gunny Loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
All



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Review Date
April 18, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: teocalli401 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
You must RIDE UP to truly enjoy this trail. Climbing will help you look for more creative and fun lines on the downhill. Plus 70% of the climb is on slick rock making the ride bearable. To those you encounter asking why your riding it uphill. Let them know it's for the sick paved road downhill. Then call them pussies. cause they are. Awsome downhill section. Don't forget to try to descend the toilet bowl up top.

Recommended Route:
Up Up. Down to Gunny Loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
All



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