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blueBlack Horsethief Bench Loop

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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

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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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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
Mar 16, 2019
Tim McCabe
Nov 20, 2018
Brandon Vicenti
3.9mi
Nov 18, 2018
Karin Ohman
Oct 21, 2018
Hayden Hughes
Oct 21, 2018
Matthew Guerin

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 136 votes

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  4.5 from 136 votes
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#3

in Colorado

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This is THE RIDE that most riders think of when you say the name Fruita. It is accessible for the less skilled, inspiring by watching talented riders succeed in what looks improbable if not impossible, every aspiring rider with nascent skills needs to come here. May 5, 2017

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