Horsethief Bench Loop

 64 votes

3.8 Miles 6.2 Kilometers

Singletrack

447' 136 m

Ascent

-447' -136 m

Descent

4,794' 1,461 m

High

4,504' 1,373 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

All Clear

4,794' 1,461 m

High

4,504' 1,373 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

A mostly intermediate scenic ride with a few very technical sections.

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From the junction with Mary's Loop, 99% of riders get off their bike and carry their bike 100 yards down to the bench. It's large drop after large drop, with ledges, boulders, and a few slots thrown in to keep things complicated. If you get a chance to watch someone ride down, cheer them on!

Once down on the bench, ride the loop clockwise. Around the first corner, you'll come to a slickrock-like drop onto a sandy floor. The drop is tacky and ridable by upper intermediate riders, but some will choose to walk.

The trail then meets the edge of the bench overlooking the river with several incredible viewpoints, a few small rock ledges, and then pokes in and out of small side canyons.

Once you turn in away from the bench edge, you'll come to many rock ledges including a four foot move that most people have to hike up. Past this side canyon, the trail becomes much easier, smoother, and faster.

You'll leave the rock behind and ride through grassy terrain on smooth dirt singletrack, along a huge rock wall. Finish with a gentle climb until you arrive the entrance hike.

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Sep 11, 2016
donald butcher
Including Mary's from parking area. Initial drop in is very serious even to hike down with a bike. Loop is fun — 1h 10m Delete
Sep 3, 2016
Patrick Jensen
Aug 19, 2016
Andy Eckl
3.8mi — 2h 00m Delete
Jun 10, 2016
Raúl Gross
Jun 1, 2016
lisa sprod
May 22, 2016
Kevin Fitzgerald
My favorite ride in Fruita. 3.8mi Delete
May 13, 2016
eric benner
Apr 30, 2016
Taylor McBride

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  4.3 from 64 votes

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  4.3 from 64 votes
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All Clear on Aug 19, 2016

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