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Mary's

Intermediate
 4.0 (94)

A great classic ride by itself, and a great way to connect other trails in the area.


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Map Key

5.6

Miles

9.0

KM

Singletrack

4,839' 1,475 m

High

4,580' 1,396 m

Low

651' 198 m

Up

429' 131 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Description

Mary's Loop starts with a solid climb up a rocky dirt road and is not an inviting start. You might look at this from the road and doublecheck the trail sign... but it gets better - much better!

Mary's is one of the classics in the area - partly because the ride itself and the scenery are excellent, and partly because it's the main connector between the other awesome rides here.

You'll soon hit the canyon rim with great stops along the way to take in the massive views overlooking the Colorado river. The doubletrack gives way to singletrack and it gets more technical and rocky in spots. Some riders will need to walk a couple of very short bits.

The trail intersects with the Horsethief Bench Loop, Mary's Cutoff, and Wrangler Loop (Horsethief Bench Loop is well worth a detour, or at least watching someone trying to ride the entrance "hike-a-bike").

Then there's more riding along the rim, with no real climbs but several short technical sections. After the intersection with Steve's Loop (again, well worth a detour), the trail becomes doubletrack again, turns away from the rim, and generally gets less interesting.

You could turn around here or continue another 1.5 doubletrack miles to finish off Mary's Loop when it ends at Lion's Loop.

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Shared By:

Nick Wilder

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  4.0 from 94 votes

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  4.0 from 94 votes
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Photos

Cleaning the entrance to Horsethief Bench Loop... Going UP! Allez!!
Oct 26, 2016 near Loma, CO
A quick lap on one of the favorites at Kokopelli Loops–Horsethief Bench.
Dec 23, 2016 near Loma, CO
Troy kills it on the technical section.
Nov 1, 2013 near Loma, CO
Mary's Loop weaving around slot canyons
Apr 4, 2013 near Loma, CO
Playing with gravity on slickrock.
Oct 25, 2020 near Loma, CO
Tricky part ridiing around the cliff and up some small steps
Jul 20, 2018 near Loma, CO

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May 31, 2021
D McLeish
I took the short loop and used the cut off to wranglers. Feels like a lot of up hill, warm up your legs for this one. Switchbacks, rocky sections
May 13, 2021
Richard Schmiedeke
Rocky trail. Blue/black in a few places. Poorly marked. Lots of goofy signs but no markings at many intersections. Must have MTB Project
May 3, 2021
Atsuko Ohtake
Apr 19, 2021
Andrew Steinmetz
Apr 4, 2021
Atsuko Ohtake
Oct 28, 2020
Karl Johnson
Tbd 5.6mi
Oct 17, 2020
David Schmid
Oct 11, 2020
Steven Mattics