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Horsethief Bench Loop

Intermediate/Difficult

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.

Nick Wilder

Electric Mountain 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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Check-Ins

Sep 8, 2019
Seth Hooker
Went with Roc and Ronin
Aug 6, 2019
Lyra Martin
Jun 23, 2019
Kristopher Kaufmann
3.9mi
Jun 9, 2019
Deanna Brubaker
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

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  4.6 from 144 votes

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