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Twist-N-Shout - Third Flats to Short Shot, CO

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Distance One Way 0.68 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,900 feet
Elevation Gain -187 feet
Accumulated Gain 15 feet
Avg Time One Way 20 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 0.73
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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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Time to do the twist
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 and other small OHVs - use caution, especially around blind corners.

This short stretch of the trail takes you from the Third Flats road along the margins of Third Flats and to the junction of the Short Shot Connector trail.

The hike starts at the Third Flat trailhead in the southern part of the Little Park area. It follows the same track as the Second Thoughts trail for the first fifty yards or so before diverging at a signed intersection. Following the right-hand junction, the trail begins its gradual descent. Over the course of this trail segment, you will lose almost 200 feet of elevation as the trail gradually winds along the margin of Third Flats. Because this trail is open to ATVs, most of the trail is wide and easy to follow. Shortly before the junction with Short Shot, the trail crosses a low ridge and drops down into a drainage. This is the most technically challenging part of the trail, though it is by no means difficult. There is a signed junction as the trail starts to level out and bend to the right. Either continue straight to remain on Twist-N-Shout or turn right onto the Short Shot trail to connect to the short Nut-N-2-It trail which connects the Third Flats Road to Twist-N-Shout further north.

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 and other small OHVs less than 42" across.

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2020-05-23 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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