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North Little Park to Gunny Loop Cutoff, CO

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.25 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,551 feet
Elevation Gain -40 feet
Avg Time One Way 10 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 0.32
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16  2020-05-16
Little Park - Gunny - Little Park North
PaleoRob
Author PaleoRob
author avatar Guides 159
Routes 157
Photos 5,594
Trips 993 map ( 2,240 miles )
Age 39 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Preferred   Oct, Apr, May, Mar → Any
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  4:56am - 7:43pm
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by PaleoRob

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


Overview
This short connector in the Little Park area provides access to the start of the Gunnison (Gunny) Loop or alternate access to the Ribbon Trail.

Hike
Like many of the other easy trails in the Little Park area, especially those originating in the Little Park staging area/trailhead, this trail follows an old road. In fact, this old road turned trail is still graveled regularly to provide for administrative access.

From the parking lot, find the gravel road/trail leading away from the northeastern corner of the parking area. Follow this trail as it follows the boundary between the pinyon-juniper forest on the left and the meadow on the right. About halfway down the trail, there is a fork. Both options lead to the Gunny Loop, but the route to the left is the most popular.

Not far past the fork, the trail circles an old campsite that was used often when the road was in use. Just past this is the signed junction for the Gunny Loop trail. You can turn right here and follow the trail towards the Gunny Cutoff. Alternately you can turn left and take the trail to either the lower Ribbon Trail parking area or continue along the Gunny Loop as it makes its way down the slope towards the Grand Valley. Or, if you are just looking for a very short hike, you can turn around here and make your way back to the staging area.

Water Sources
None, bring all you need.

Camping
No.

Note
This trail is rated Green (Beginner) 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.

    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 animal hospital 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.
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