Fruita Mtn Biking
Camping at the "North Fruita Mtn Biking Preference Area" campground:
[Don't be deceived--the place was packed with bikers!]
Riding Mary's Loop and Horsethief Bench just S of the Loma exit.
Looking down on Horsethief Bench:
How you get from Mary's Loop down to Horsethief Bench:
[When I was at the bottom, coming back up, I actually saw a
fellow ride 2/3rds of the way down this. I was amazed.]
The Colorado from Horsethief Bench:
A rider on Horsethief Bench trail from Mary's Loop:
The only tricky place on Mary's Loop is at a pour-off. Checking,
I decided it would NOT be a good route down to Horsethief Bench:
Then I went out to Rabbit Valley, to camp at a wonderful Syncro spot
that Bob Stevens and I found a couple of years ago:
Pretty good, eh?
The only trouble is mice:
Some old markings along McDonald Creek (the way in and out):
After a (wonderful) burger at Munchies in Fruita, I headed east
on US 50 to Whitewater and then up Lands End Road to Grand Mesa.
Climb from 4500' to 10500' on a road built in the 30s by
WW I vets, sort of an adjunct to the CCC:
If you look at the top of the photo, you can see the gash of
Unaweep Canyon and then the La Sals in Utah on the skyline.
[Unaweep Canyon is very interesting--a long canyon that is
"down" at both ends from a high point in the middle, but
subtle enough that few realize it when they drive it--a great
drive from from Whitewater to Gateway on the Dolores River.]
Near the top, the aspen leaves covered the road like gold coins:
At the top of the mesa, there is a CCC observatory building--
all closed up because it was winter up there--snow drifts in
the trees. But a view of Grand Junction & Fruita area. If
you are familiar with Mt Garfield looming along I-70 at
Palisade, see how small it looks in this shot!
It was winter up on Grand Mesa, but you can see it was another
wonderful day for biking out at Fruita....