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Holycross winds along the cliffs with some great technical sections.

COMMENTS: A great moderate loop. Good singletrack troughout the ride. There are many short technical sections. There are many options to make the ride shorter or longer by using other loop sections. The loop was redone by COPMOBA in 2004 with nice improvements.

STARTING POINT: From Gand Junction, travel west on Grand Avenue, which turns into Broadway.  Cross over two bridges, at the next stop light turn left on to Monument Road, follow the signs to the Colorado National Monument , go approximately 1.5 miles, there will be a large gravel parking lot on the left marked with a BLM sign for the Tabeguache Trail.

RIDE TYPE: LOOP

TRAIL TYPE: SINGLE TRACK 90%, DOUBLETRACK 10%

ELEVATION CHANGE: 698 feet

DISTANCE: 5.4 miles

APPROXIMATE RIDE TIME: 1-1.5 hours

DIFFICULTY: Moderate with a few long hills and technical sections

KEY WAYPOINTS FOR GPS:

Parking Lot 0 miles 39º 03.005' N 108º 36.325' W
Uphill turn to climb 0.5 miles 39º 02.630' N 108º 36.402' W
Base of Widomaker Hill (go east) 1.5 miles 39º 01.973' N 108º 36.651' W
Saddle above Miramonte 4.0 miles 39º 02.514' N 108º 35.997' W
Ridge 4.0 miles 39º 02.628' N 108º 36.269' W
Right turn along ridge 4.3 miles 39º 02.639' N 108º 36.395' W
Parking Lot 5.4 miles 39º 03.005' N 108º 36.325' W

RIDE DESCRIPTION: Start at Tabuguache Tralhead parking area and go up the dirt road to the southwest. At mile 0.5 the road turns right up a short steep hill. Continue on the road until you reach the bottom of Widowmaker Hill at mile 1.5. You will know the Widomaker rock (shaped like a tombstone) when you get to it. Take the singletrack heading straight east. Don't take the trail to the north (Lemon Squeezer). As you head east the singletrack will traverse around a few technical sections and you ultimatly descend into a broad valley and meet the Gunny Loop trail at mile 3.9. Turn left and head up to a saddle. You cross the Miramonte trail in the saddle at mile 4.0. If you would like to extend the ride turn right and do the Miramonte loop. Otherwise go straight along the trail though the next valley. Climb up to the next ridge at mile 4.3. Turn right along the ridge and head straight north at the ridge. This section takes you to the switchbacks above the parking area. The trail descends switchbacks into the valley and you parking lot at mile 5.4.

MAP OF RIDE: [HIGH RESOLUTION MAP]

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