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Steve's Loop

Consensus:    (details)
 4.6 from 7 votes
  Intermediate from 1 vote
Rank: #13 in the Fruita area
#102 in Colorado
#1,004 Overall
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Trail near Fruita,  area, 
“A superb intermediate trail with views, slot canyons, and great riding.”
Nick Wilder on Mar 20, 2013
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3.35.3 milesKilometers 333’101 m Ascent 4,758’1,450 m High 4.1% Avg Grade
Singletrack Type -395’-120 m Descent 4,513’1,376 m Low 22.9% Max Grade
Description
This trail can be ridden either direction and it's good either way.

Starting on the southern end, you'll descend a couple steps (some riders will choose to walk them), then you'll cruise down a nice, smooth, rolling trail to a bench a little lower than the one you've been riding. The trail is now very easy for the next couple miles, but there are wonderful desert features including slot canyons, big sandstone walls, and some shelf rock that you can ride above some major dropoffs to the canyon floor below.

The third canyon (which is the narrowest slot canyon) has a short section with broken rockfall that you'll have to carry your bike over. After than, it's smooth riding again almost all the way back up to Mary's Loop on the higher bench.

One final steep uphill stretch will not be ridable by most and you'll probably have to push it a short ways.

One of the highlights in this area!
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PHOTOS of Steve's Loop
 5.0 from 3 votes
Steve's Loop clings to the edge almost the whole way. Super fun! (Fruita, CO)
 5.0 from 2 votes
Classic Colorado River scenery on Steve's Loop (Fruita, CO)
 4.0 from 2 votes
Steve's Loop winds in and out of three cool slot canyons, staying right ... (Fruita, CO)
 4.0 from 2 votes
Don't think about how crumbly the rock is. (Fruita, CO)
 4.0 from 2 votes
The initial downhill section into Steve's Loop (Fruita, CO)
 4.0 from 2 votes
The Colorado River is your backdrop the whole time, but you never can ge... (Fruita, CO)
 3.0 from 3 votes
A great vantage point of the slot canyon edge riding you just enjoyed (Fruita, CO)
 2.7 from 3 votes
Yuccas along the glorious slot canyon's of the loop (Fruita, CO)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Fall color on the Colorado river (Fruita, CO)
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