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Horsethief Bench

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (167)

A mostly intermediate scenic ride with a few very technical sections.


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Map Key

3.9

Miles

6.3

KM

Singletrack

4,814' 1,467 m

High

4,499' 1,371 m

Low

383' 117 m

Up

450' 137 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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Description

From the junction with Mary's Loop, 99% of riders get off their bike and carry their bike 100 yards down to the bench. It's large drop after large drop, with ledges, boulders, and a few slots thrown in to keep things complicated. If you get a chance to watch someone ride down, cheer them on!

Once down on the bench, ride the loop clockwise. Around the first corner, you'll come to a slickrock-like drop onto a sandy floor. The drop is tacky and rideable by upper intermediate riders, but some will choose to walk.

The trail then meets the edge of the bench overlooking the river with several incredible viewpoints, a few small rock ledges, and then pokes in and out of small side canyons.

Once you turn in away from the bench edge, you'll come to many rock ledges including a four foot move that most people have to hike up. Past this side canyon, the trail becomes much easier, smoother, and faster.

You'll leave the rock behind and ride through grassy terrain on smooth dirt singletrack, along a huge rock wall. Finish with a gentle climb until you arrive the entrance hike.

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Shared By:

Nick Wilder

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 167 votes

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  4.6 from 167 votes
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#4

in Colorado

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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
The trail gets technical as you turn away from the Colorado River
May 4, 2018 near Loma, CO
Colorado River overlook
Apr 2, 2013 near Loma, CO
Just a sample of Horsethief's wonderful scenery
May 28, 2013 near Loma, CO

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Check-Ins

Oct 20, 2020
Sam Lockwood
Amazing view of Colorado River! With Codes — 1h 20m
Oct 9, 2020
Cara Hubbell
ZAC CLEANED THE BENCH! Rode Horsethief and Wrangler 9.1mi — 1h 37m
Sep 27, 2020
Private User
Sep 12, 2020
Alex Prak
Jul 29, 2020
Dee F Cee
35mi — 3h 00m
Jul 3, 2020
Adam Center
Jun 1, 2020
Caitlin G
3.9mi
May 23, 2020
James Cezo