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Snakeskin Trail, CO

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Distance One Way 0.83 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,729 feet
Elevation Gain -225 feet
Accumulated Gain 4 feet
Avg Time One Way 30 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 0.84
Backpack No
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Author PaleoRob
author avatar Guides 168
Routes 216
Photos 5,948
Trips 1,080 map ( 2,419 miles )
Age 40 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Preferred   Oct, Apr, May, Mar → Any
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  4:48am - 7:41pm
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Snake your way along the canyon rim
by PaleoRob

Mountain biking can be dangerous - please know your skill level and be appropriately prepared with PPE before starting any trail.

Snakeskin is a short connector trail that allows folks to form a loop between Good Vibes and the Gunny Loop in the Little Park Area. It follows a winding canyon rim with nice views into both the canyon and the Grand Valley beyond.

As with many of the Little Park area trails, this one is short but provides a great way to see the valley and link together multiple other trails. Snakeskin starts at the T-junction of Good Vibes and Second Thoughts, and picks up where Second Thoughts, coming from the Third Flats trailhead left off. Both of these trails are (or will be) described elsewhere. The trail descends slowly, winding along ridges along the edge of an unnamed canyon that trends northeast. The trail seems narrow at times, especially for a biker, but no part of the trail is technically challenging for a hiker beyond the usual errant rocks. After roughly half a mile the mesa on the left retreats and you are in a saddle between two (relatively low) high points. The Snakeskin to Little Park Connector (described elsewhere) branches off to the left here, but Snakeskin itself keeps going straight ahead. You leave the meadow behind and enter a pinyon-juniper forest as the trail begins a series of descending switchbacks before dead-ending into the Gunnison (Gunny) Loop. Turning left will bring you back towards the Little Park Connector while turning right will give you a slow descent over 1.2 miles until you read the bottom of the Gunny Cutoff Trail.

Water Sources
None, bring all you need.


This trail is rated Intermediate (Blue) for mountain bikers.

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2020-05-16 PaleoRob

    One-Way Notice
    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.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Connector trail - Not Applicable

    To hike
    This is a connector trail in the Little Park area and is accessible via either the Good Vibes or the Second Thoughts trails.
    page created by PaleoRob on May 16 2020 4:56 pm
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