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
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