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Gunny Loop - Little Park to Snakeskin, CO

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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Distance One Way 1.09 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,457 feet
Elevation Gain 72 feet
Accumulated Gain 110 feet
Avg Time One Way 30 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 1.46
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16  2020-05-16
Little Park - Gunny - Little Park North
PaleoRob
Author PaleoRob
author avatar Guides 159
Routes 167
Photos 5,613
Trips 1,009 map ( 2,280 miles )
Age 39 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Preferred   Oct, Apr, May, Mar → Any
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:40am - 5:16pm
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Start the loop off
by PaleoRob

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


Overview
The Gunnison (Gunny) Loop is one of the most popular hiking and biking trails in the Little Park area. This portion of the loop has the highest starting elevation for any of the Gunny Loop trailheads and is a popular starting point for folks biking this as part of a shuttle.

Hike
The hike starts at the lower trailhead for the Ribbon Trail (described elsewhere). After crossing the Little Park Road, the trail quickly switchbacks up the eastern embankment of the road before starting to curve around the north point of the same hill. At this point, the trail splits, with the Gunny Loop continuing in both directions. This hike covers the hike heading to the right at this point.

After making a right at this junction, the trail climbs slightly before coming to another signed junction. Turning right would lead you to the Little Park staging area/trailhead along the North Little Park cutoff (described elsewhere), so stay left here.

The trail continues, providing views into the Grand Valley between the pinyon and juniper trees. The trail is not challenging and it provides easy-going, aside from the occasional loose rock. In the second half of the trail, you can easily see (and occasionally come close to) the Little Park to Gunny Loop Trail, but avoid making any of the social trails in the area worse by cutting across the meadow.

Eventually, you come to a four-way intersection. This is where the Little Park to Gunny Loop trail comes in on the right, and the Gunny Cutoff starts on the left. You can take either route or continue straight at this point to stay on the Gunny Loop. Roughly a quarter-mile past this point a trail will come in from the right as you approach a canyon rim, and the trail you are on begins to bend to the left. This is the Snakeskin Trail coming in from the right, and the end of this section of the Gunny Loop. Continue to the left to hike the Snakeskin to Big Hill section of the Gunny Loop, turn right to take the Snakeskin Trail, or return the way you came.

Water Sources
None, bring all you need.

Camping
No.

Note
This trail is rated Intermediate (Blue) for mountain bikers up to the North Little Park cutoff. After this point, it is rated Difficult (Black).

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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.

    Permit $$
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    Directions
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    To hike
    From downtown Grand Junction, take Grand Avenue across the railroad tracks and highway bridge. Turn left at the Monument Road light, and then make a sharp left after the coffee shop and pet clinic onto D Road. This road winds through a neighborhood before making an abrupt right and turns into Little Park Road. It starts to climb a hill dotted with larger houses. Eventually, the road enters public land, as marked by signs and trailhead parking areas. Pass the Tabeguache parking area and climb out of a small wash - there will be a spectacular view into a Morrison canyon on the right. Just past this viewpoint, on the left, is the signed Little Park staging area/trailhead.
    page created by PaleoRob on May 16 2020 6:22 pm
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