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Clunker Trail - Trailhead to Miramonte Rim, CO

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Difficulty 1 of 5
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Distance One Way 0.57 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,769 feet
Elevation Gain -149 feet
Accumulated Gain 58 feet
Avg Time One Way 20 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 0.76
Interest Historic & Seasonal Creek
Backpack No
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6  2021-02-09
Klunker - Miramonte - Holey Bucket
5  2020-08-26 PaleoRob
28  2020-05-23
Klunker - Miramonte Rim - Holey Bucket
11  2020-05-19
Klunker Trail
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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Clunking and Thunking
by PaleoRob

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

This trail drops down into a canyon between the Little Park and Lunch Loops areas and provides connections between both.

This area has been settled by American colonists since the late 1800s and many historic objects can be seen along the trail at various points.

From the trailhead, the trail splits. The right branch, heading downcanyon is the Clunker trail, while the left branch connects into the Holy Bucket Trail. The trail side-hills down a colorful Morrison slope as it descends towards the creek at the canyon bottom. The sense of wilderness is not present here in this canyon, however, as houses dot the rim and people on patios may be watching you hike. In several places the descent is steep and the slick Morrison can be treacherous even when dry, turning impassable when wet.

Once at the bottom of the canyon the trail immediately turns left to avoid crossing onto private property. This junction with a private trail is well marked and it should be obvious, but in case some confusion exists simply take the trail that crosses the canyon instead of heading further downcanyon. Along this stretch, there are historic artifacts from early settlers and miners, so enjoy these traces of the past.

Once across the creek and on the north side of the canyon, the trail bends again to follow the canyon wall. At this point, you are roughly halfway to the junction with the Miramonte Rim connector trail. Along this section of trail, the going is easy, the trail gains little elevation and the views into the upper canyon area can be quite pleasing. It is also easy to see the Holy Bucket Trail on the far side of the canyon, and it is not uncommon to share the trail with hikers, joggers, and mountain bikers.
Once you reach the signed junction with the Miramonte Rim trail, you can continue straight on the Clunker trail towards the Holy Cross trail (roughly another 0.6 miles ahead) or turn right and climb the mesa to do the Miramonte Rim Trail or connect into the other Lunch Loops area trails.

Water Sources
A seasonal creek exists, but it is best to bring your own.


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.

    Permit $$

    Map Drive
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    From downtown Grand Junction, take Grand Avenue/CO-340 across the railroad tracks and the Colorado River. Take the first left after the bridge to turn onto Monument Road, then take a left onto D road after the coffee shop and animal hospital. D road turns into Rosevale Road as it bends to the right. Turn right on Little Park road where Rosevale turns to dirt, and follow Little Park Road for 0.4 miles through a neighborhood. As the road bends to the right, there will be a large tree on the right hand with a dirt road branching off under it. This is your turnoff (it can be easy to miss). There is also a sign talking about trailhead hours at the junction, but it can be hard to see. Follow this sometimes-rough dirt road up to the top of the ridge to the parking area.
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