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Lion's Loop

 17 votes

Length

5.1 Miles 8.3 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

651' 199 m

Ascent

-749' -228 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

5,167' 1,575 m

High

4,623' 1,409 m

Low

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Trail with divergent halves: technical singletrack pass & 2-track climb in western Kokopelli Loops.

Don Leinweber

Overview

Description

Lion's Loop begins on Mary's Loop, just north of Steve's Loop. The trail is characterized by two distinct sections: the eastern 2 miles combining an historic stock road with a very technical singletrack passage as a segment of Kokopelli Trail; and the northern and western 2 3/4 mile dirt road climb up and over Mack Ridge to Hawkeye Road.

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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Nov 20, 2016
David Darling
Big Loop with Mack>Lions>Steve's>Mary's>Wranglers>Mary's 17.4mi
May 22, 2016
Kevin F
Only did about half the loop. 3mi
Sep 13, 2015
Jesse Sakires
Apr 6, 2014
Clint Poole
Apr 28, 2007
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Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 17 votes

#5050

Overall
  3.5 from 17 votes
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#480

in Colorado

#5,050

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