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Trail

5.6 mile 9.0 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 651' 198 m
Descent: -429' -131 m
High: 4,839' 1,475 m
Low: 4,580' 1,396 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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Trail shared by Nick Wilder

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

Nick Wilder

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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 Wranglers 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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May 12, 2019
Susan Marshall
Mary's up and Wrangler back. After Horsethief the trail got a lot more interesting riding on the rim of the sandstone ridge. Sego lilies in full bloom
May 5, 2019
Mike Bohan
May 4, 2019
Dave Frankel
Apr 20, 2019
Thomas Pyke
Apr 7, 2019
Ryan E
9.1mi
Mar 28, 2019
Tony Fagan
Mar 16, 2019
Tim McCabe
Nov 20, 2018
Brandon Vicenti
5.6mi

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