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Rabbit Valley 8

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Trail

5.9 mile 9.5 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 447' 136 m
Descent: -555' -169 m
High: 4,942' 1,506 m
Low: 4,570' 1,393 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Trail shared by D L

AKA Rim Trail, this is a technical, sandy, rocky moto loop featuring stunning Colorado River views.

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Description

Rabbit Valley 8 (also known as The Rim Trail, or The New Rim Trail) is best accessed from either Rabbit Valley 4, Rabbit Valley 5, or a combination of Rabbit Valley 3 and Rabbit Valley 4. For a more detailed description see Rabbit Valley #4/8/3 Rim Loop.

From the high point of Rabbit Valley 4 along a ridgeline, descend a rocky doubletrack due south to the valley. The trail begins on the left side of this road at a marker.

The northern leg of the ride contours along the face of a cliff. It is quite sandy and even on a good day a challenging motorcycle trail, let alone mountain bike trail. There is an alternative doubletrack that roughly parallels this northern, outward leg terminating near the eastern promontory of Rabbit Valley 8 in a small turnaround.

This parallel doubletrack begins about 1/4 mile further south along the entry doubletrack and connects to Rabbit Valley 8 at several locations along the ride so can be used as a bailout if the sand becomes overwhelming.

Upon reaching the sandy turnaround, head downhill and east to an overlook of Mee Canyon along the Colorado River. Continue clockwise parallel to the Colorado River. The southern, return leg is an altogether different trail. It is very technical and rocky. In general, the gradient is manageable; however there are a few techy descents and anaerobic, punchy climbs.

The Rabbit Valley 8 terminates on the same doubletrack used to descend from Rabbit Valley 4. Turn right and follow the doubletrack back up and out of this remote and hidden Rabbit Valley gem. Alternatively, go left for a quick out and back to the end of this doubletrack which offers a great view of Black Rocks and the Moore Canyon Area along the river.

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I think this is one of the view's on Steve's loop.  It's hard to see but...a group of water tubers are up river.  What a view!
Aug 26, 2018 near Loma, CO
Fun tiny section of slickrock
Mar 6, 2014 near Loma, CO
Cranking one of the very steep sandy hills on Rabbit Valley 8
Mar 6, 2014 near Loma, CO
Mee Canyon
Apr 8, 2014 near Loma, CO

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