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Lion's Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.4 (25)

Trail with divergent halves: technical singletrack pass & 2-track climb in western Kokopelli Loops.

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5.1

Miles

8.3

KM

Singletrack

5,167' 1,575 m

High

4,623' 1,409 m

Low

651' 199 m

Up

749' 228 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

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Description

Lion's Loop begins on Mary's Loop, just north of Steve's Loop. The trail is characterized by two distinct sections: the eastern 2 miles combining an historic stock road with a very technical singletrack passage as a segment of Kokopelli Trail; and the northern and western 2 3/4 mile dirt road climb up and over Mack Ridge to Hawkeye Road.

Lion's Loop is most often used to create loop options with Troy Built or Mack Ridge trails.

From Mary's Loop, begin a steep, loose 1/4 mile climb along an old stock road. The road has reverted to singletrack for the most part. It can be a bit rutted at times, but is all climbable. Lion's Loop then mellows and rolls along this old route. At 2/3 mile, pass a viewpoint on the left side of the trail overlooking Steve's Loop and the Colorado River.

After about a mile, the trail becomes less recognizable as doubletrack, and more singletrack in style. After 1 1/2 miles Lion's Loop traverses a passage requiring a lot of concentration, technical expertise, and a high fitness level to clear. Most riders have to push some features within this short, technical pass.

After exiting the technical singletrack, Lion's Loop quickly intersects another stock road at a switchback in the road. Lion's Loop and the Kokopelli Trail continue right (north) uphill. Downhill, the stock road descends 2 miles to the Colorado River.

Climb the steep doubletrack, passing a junction with Troy Built and Mack Ridge after 0.4 miles (at this point Kokopelli Trail diverges from Lion's Loop onto Troy Built).The road continues to climb steeply for another 0.6 miles before a right bend after which the Mack Ridge Connector doubletrack takes off on the right.

Riders wishing to bypass the newer Mack Ridge singletrack can climb this more rideable route to access Mack Ridge, the more traditional route to that trail's western end.

Continue straight through this intersection, another 0.6 miles across a high terrace to the high point of the road, passing two more doubletrack connector roads to Mack Ridge on the right. Lion's Loop then descends steeply down the doubletrack for 1 1/4 miles to Hawkeye Road.

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Trail Ratings

  3.4 from 25 votes

#7723

Overall
  3.4 from 25 votes
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Trail Rankings

#744

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#7,723

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Photos

Killer trail and beautiful views, can't ask for much more on the Lion's Loop!
Jun 2, 2016 near Loma, CO
Lion's gets rocky and technical near the Colorado section before opening up to doubletrack.
Sep 6, 2016 near Loma, CO
Soak up this view when you're below the cliffs on Lion's Loop.
Mar 23, 2017 near Loma, CO

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May 16, 2021
jt 80304
May 21, 2019
Don Childrey
to Lion's Loop 2.5mi
May 17, 2019
Han Yan
Nov 23, 2018
WILLIAM FENWICK
Nov 20, 2018
Brandon Vicenti
5.1mi
Jul 24, 2018
Eric Hall
May 6, 2018
Paul Dubya
Apr 19, 2018
Davie Cee