Lunch Loops

Though the Lunch Loops are not actually located in Fruita (they're in neighboring Grand Junction) the trailhead is only 20 minutes from downtown Fruita. I include them in this web site. The Over the Edge Sports guide has great information about the ride specifics. Let my page be something that gives you an idea of what is out there.

Jason and I got one long ride in at the Lunch Loops in April 2005. We didn't hit everything out there by any means. We'll hit the rest of it next time we're there. We started with Eagles Wing going up. We took it up to the base of the Widowmaker Climb. It was threatening to rain, so we headed down and hit Holy Cross. Don't miss that trail!!! It is spectacular. By the time we got to the bottom of Holy Cross, the rain had moved off. We climbed all the way back to the base of the Widowmaker, and then climbed that too. We took the Ribbon Connector trail and then rode up The Ribbon. At the top, we took the road down to Gunny then cut back across the bottom of Gunny to the parking lot. It was just short of 20 miles of riding with almost 4000 feet of climbing for the day. My legs were tired.

The Rides

Trail Name
Distance
Physical Challenge
Technical Challenge
5 Miles
Moderate
Intermediate
8 Miles
Moderate
Intermediate
5 Miles
Moderate
Intermediate-Expert
3.5 Miles
Moderate
Intermediate
7.5 Miles
Strenuous (or Moderate)
Intermediate-Expert

The map!

3d Map of Luch Loops area

Map with Elevation Profile

The ride we did in April, 2005 managed to hit a few miles of Eagles Wing to the Widowmaker hill. It started to look like rain, so we dropped down and hit Holy Cross. By the time we finished off Holy Cross, the rain had pushed off, so we climbed back up to the widowmaker. We then hit the Cut-off that takes you to the base of The Ribbon. We rode The Ribbon as a climb (not the smartest thing we've ever done, but I enjoyed it). We dropped down on the road and hit the Gunny Trail.