ElevationAscent: 651' 199 m
Descent: -749' -228 m
High: 5,167' 1,575 m
Low: 4,623' 1,409 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)
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“Trail with divergent halves: technical singletrack pass & 2-track climb in western Kokopelli Loops.”— D L
Lion's Loop is most often used to create loop options with Troy Built or Mack Ridge trails.
From Mary's Loop, begin a steep, loose 1/4 mile climb along an old stock road. The road has reverted to singletrack for the most part. It can be a bit rutted at times, but is all climbable. Lion's Loop then mellows and rolls along this old route. At 2/3 mile, pass a viewpoint on the left side of the trail overlooking Steve's Loop and the Colorado River.
After about a mile, the trail becomes less recognizable as doubletrack, and more singletrack in style. After 1 1/2 miles Lion's Loop traverses a passage requiring a lot of concentration, technical expertise, and a high fitness level to clear. Most riders have to push some features within this short, technical pass.
After exiting the technical singletrack, Lion's Loop quickly intersects another stock road at a switchback in the road. Lion's Loop and the Kokopelli Trail continue right (north) uphill. Downhill, the stock road descends 2 miles to the Colorado River.
Climb the steep doubletrack, passing a junction with Troy Built and Mack Ridge after 0.4 miles (at this point Kokopelli Trail diverges from Lion's Loop onto Troy Built).The road continues to climb steeply for another 0.6 miles before a right bend after which the Mack Ridge Connector doubletrack takes off on the right.
Riders wishing to bypass the newer Mack Ridge singletrack can climb this more rideable route to access Mack Ridge, the more traditional route to that trail's western end.
Continue straight through this intersection, another 0.6 miles across a high terrace to the high point of the road, passing two more doubletrack connector roads to Mack Ridge on the right. Lion's Loop then descends steeply down the doubletrack for 1 1/4 miles to Hawkeye Road.
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