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Second Thoughts - Third Flats to Snakeskin, CO

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.95 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,900 feet
Elevation Gain -197 feet
Accumulated Gain 43 feet
Avg Time One Way 20 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 1.09
Backpack No
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23  2020-05-17
Second Thoughts - Twist-N-Shout
Author PaleoRob
author avatar Guides 168
Routes 223
Photos 5,972
Trips 1,090 map ( 2,430 miles )
Age 40 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Preferred   Oct, Apr, May, Mar → Any
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  4:49am - 7:44pm
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by PaleoRob

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

This trail is also open to dirtbikes - use caution, especially around blind corners.

This short hike provides access to the Snakeskin trail from the Third Flats trailhead. This trail enables folks to hike or bike a short shuttle using this, Snakeskin, and Good Vibes. Alternately, you can use this to access the rest of the northern Little Park trails, or the remainder of the Second Thoughts trail for a longer ride/hike.

The hike starts at the Third Flat trailhead in the southern part of the Little Park area. It follows the same track as the Twist-N-Shout trail for the first fifty yards or so before diverging at a signed intersection. Breaking to the left, the trail veers towards the Little Park Road and winds around several colorful Morrison outcrops and offers great views of a meadow that sits in the middle of a northeast trending drainage. On the opposite side of the meadow, you may catch glimpses of the Twist-N-Shout trail.

The trail slowly loses elevation as it descends around rocky outcrops and through the pinyon-juniper forest towards the Snakeskin junction. You may hear (or even see) vehicles on Little Park Road as some of the twists bring you up against the right-of-way.

Just before the junction with Snakeskin, you'll catch a glimpse of the Snakeskin trail cutting across a ridge, and the Good Vibes trail coming down to meet it. At the signpost, you can take a left to merge onto Snakeskin or continue straight and follow the south rim of the canyon on the rest of Second Thoughts.

Water Sources
None, bring all you need.


This trail is rated Blue (Intermediate) for mountain bikers. This trail is also open to motorized traffic, specifically dirtbikes.

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2020-05-18 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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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    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. From there the road climbs for 5.5 miles up the slope, past houses and several other trailheads until reaching the signed turnoff for the Third Flats Trailhead on the left. Turn left onto the gravel road and look for the small pullout on the left with the sign for Twist-N-Shout. If this parking area is full, park down in the larger parking lot with the bathroom, then hike back up the gravel road to the break in the fence. The lower parking area will add approximately 0.1 miles each way to your hike.
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