Connect to the Loop!
Mountain biking can be dangerous - please know your skill level and be appropriately prepared with PPE before starting any trail.
This hike is straightforward and a good short hike on its own or as part of a longer set of trail hikes. This trail specifically gives you access to the much longer (4.7 miles) Gunnison (Gunny) Loop Trail (described elsewhere in segments) and Gunny Cutoff, but it can also provide access to other trails via the Gunny Loop.
In general, this hike follows an old, closed road across cheatgrass meadows with views of the Grand Valley, including downtown Grand Junction and Palisade. From the trailhead, follow the wide gravel path from the pit toilet, heading east. The route then skirts the base of a low, pinyon-covered mesa and crosses several low swales. As the mesa to the south gets further away, the trail diverges in the meadow. The right fork is the Snakeskin Connector (described elsewhere). From here it drops into one more swale and then rises to a low knoll with a turnaround loop for when this road was open to vehicles. There is a sign here announcing that you have intersected the Gunny Loop. Turn onto the Gunny Loop, head straight to continue onto the Gunny Cutoff, or return the way you came.
None, bring your own.
This trail is rated Green (Beginner) for mountain bikers until the last 0.1 miles, which are rated Blue (Intermediate).
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.