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blueBlack Horsethief Bench Loop

Trail

3.9 mile 6.3 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 383' 117 m
Descent: -450' -137 m
High: 4,814' 1,467 m
Low: 4,499' 1,371 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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Trail shared by Nick Wilder

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

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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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Jun 23, 2019
Kristopher Kaufmann
3.9mi
Jun 4, 2019
Drew Gheen
Technical and fun smooth rocks 3.9mi
May 26, 2019
Frankie Sackrider
May 25, 2019
Joe DeLia
May 21, 2019
Datt Mtn
May 5, 2019
Mike Bohan
May 3, 2019
Wilbur Mercer
Apr 28, 2019
Spencer Merage
Mary's up, horse thief loop, Mary's down. With franco, Buis, danyo, Rick. Super fun. Felt faster than 18 rd, loved the loop trail. 10mi

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 140 votes

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#3

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