Edge Loop - Lipan Canyon Section

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Trail in the area near Fruita,
“A true adventure; rowdy descent followed by passage through Lipan Canyon.”
Leslie Kehmeier on Jun 29, 2013
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3.25.2 milesKilometers 67’20 m Ascent 6,479’1,975 m High 7% Avg Grade (4°)
Singletrack Type -1,179’-359 m Descent 5,367’1,636 m Low 30% Max Grade (17°)
The Edge Loop- Lipan Canyon Section starts at the Book Cliffs overlook high above the Grand Valley.

Start the descent on the north side of the road (signed Edge Loop).
It's a fun, rowdy descent through pinion and juniper into Lipan Canyon. Its rocky and loose so its good to be ready and balanced on your bike.

The descent exits into a sandy wash. There are clusters of rocks and dense vegetation corralling this part of the route, the upper reaches of Lipan Canyon. Be ready to duck, dive and wiggle your way through.

There is one crux on this section...rappel or hike around?

This challenging section is obvious as the wash comes to the top of a small slot canyon. You'll have two options to descend here.

The rappel is a two pitch endeavor. The first section is at the head of the slot, about 10-12 feet tall and tight. There are ropes at the top of each pitch anchored by a bolt and carabiner. Use at your own risk.

The non-rappel descent is found by following the track to the right along the slot rim. Theres a short slog up and then around to a hikeable, descent down to the wash. This option is steep, kinda loose and rocky, but very hikeable.

The route then continues in the wash with steep walls on your left. There are fewer rock clusters to contend with and the route is more open.

The Edge Loop - Lipan Canyon Section ends at an intersection with the Edge Cutoff East.
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PHOTOS of Edge Loop - Lipan Canyon Section
  4.0 from 4 votes
The lower section of Lipan Canyon has some big walls and a wide sandy bo... (Fruita, CO)
  3.8 from 4 votes
Peering over the 'edge' across the Grand Valley. (Fruita, CO)
  3.3 from 3 votes
Riding through this sandy wash is beautiful and kinda fun. (Fruita, CO)
  3.3 from 4 votes
The upper reaches of Lipan Canyon are characterized by tight, scrubby ve... (Fruita, CO)
  3.0 from 4 votes
Assessing the rappel on the Edge Loop (Fruita, CO)