Access to Free Lunch is from Eagle's Wing
. Take Lunch Line
from Little Park Road to minimize climbing or ride Eagle's Wing
up from Tabeguache.
With many sections of technical challenges, body armor such as elbow and knee pads are good suggestions.
You'll feel like you're on top of the world at the entrance to Free Lunch. The trail starts on top of a giant mesa with 365 degree views.
Since Free Lunch is a downhill only, expert trail, you'll be required to ride a filter. The feature is a diving board slab. The easier line is towards the right edge. All others can get their first taste of big air.
The upper reaches of the trail are flowing, punctuated by technical rock features of all kinds. There are also two play areas. These 'pockets' have delineated boundaries and can be sessioned. There is no set trail through these areas, just different lines that riders test their skills on.
After the second play area the trail continues to roll over and through more rocky challenges as it approaches the rim of the mesa.
It's hard to keep your eyes on the trail at this point as the views open up across the Grand Valley. Be mindful of where you are because a series of big drops are waiting ahead.
The drops take you down a series of giant slabs to a running ledge below a broken overhang of sandstone. All major drop sections are labeled, starting with the first one that squeezes you between a twisted pinion tree and the broken edge of the rim. It's wise to roll up slowly to spot the optimal entry and exit depending on your skill level. Most sections are roll-able with a lot of chances for air. Exposure to the ledges below make this a very exciting and spicy section of the trail.
The final section climbs slightly between two huge rock slabs before rolling quickly to the Tabeguache Trail
. Turn right to ride towards Eagle's Wing
and a climb back up to the beginning of Free Lunch.