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COMMENTS: The best slickrock ride near Grand Junction. The ride is described as an uphill on the slickrock. It is a great ride if the slickrock is riden up or down or both. The is a physically demanding uphill. If you are not up to some hard climbing, ride the paved road first for a great downhill.

STARTING POINT: From Grand 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.  Turn left just before you cross the ditch on to D Rd.  Travel approximately 1 mile to where D Rd ends, go right on to Little Park Rd.  Travel approximately  2.5 miles to the Little Park Road Staging Area (First Flats) on the left, park here.

RIDE TYPE: LOOP (A GOOD RIDE IN EITHER DIRECTION)

TRAIL TYPE: SINGLE TRACK 70%, PAVED ROAD 30%

ELEVATION CHANGE: 1460 feet

DISTANCE: 7.6 miles

APPROXIMATE RIDE TIME: 2-3 hours

DIFFICULTY: Advanced with a few long hills and technical sections

KEY WAYPOINTS FOR GPS:

Gunny parking lot 0 miles 39º 01.090' N 108º 36.632' W
Singletrack cutoff into canyon 0.3 miles 39º 01.277' N 108º 36.581' W
Andy's loop cutoff 0.8 miles 39º 01.138' N 108º 36.900' W
Short portage 1.0 miles 39º 01.041' N 108º 36.839' W
Ridge 1.6 miles 39º 00.707' N 108º 37.083' W
Cross ridge to south 2.2 miles 39º 00.374' N 108º 37.436' W
Uphill on slickrock 2.3 miles 39º 00.344' N 108º 37.402' W
Top of slickrock section 2.7 miles 39º 00.106' N 108º 37.753' W
Bottom of "stem" slickrock 2.9 miles 39º 00.006' N 108º 37.845' W
Top of "glass" slickrock 3.1 miles 39º 00.002' N 108º 38.067' W
Ribbon parking lot 3.8 miles 39º 59.687' N 108º 38.554' W
Gunny parking lot 7.6 miles 39º 01.090' N 108º 36.632' W

RIDE DESCRIPTION: Decend the paved road for 0.3 miles to a singletrack to your left. Descend into the western valley following Andy's route. At the wash bed the is a trail to the right and left. Turn left and uphill (right is Andy's loop). Portage the waterfall and follow the singletrack. At the ridge line (1.6mi) descend to sandstone wash. Ascend to 2.2 and walk sandy stretch to slickrock "stem" of the ribbon's champagne glass. There's drop off on the left to spit over. Ride up the slickrock stem to the champagne glass flange of slick rock. Follow cairns left and upward to second slab of slick rock. Portage next section onto 3rd slab.  As the slick rock expands keep riding it to the left and exit a small jeep road at the southwest ridge and ride this south to Little Park Road (paved). Retrace your route back or follow Little Park Road to your car in Gunny lot. 

MAP OF RIDE: [HIGH RESOLUTION MAP]

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