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Andy's Loop - Little Park to the Ribbon, CO

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.46 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,456 feet
Elevation Gain -237 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 0.86
Interest Historic & Seasonal Creek
Backpack No
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Andy's Loop to Echo Canyon
Author PaleoRob
author avatar Guides 168
Routes 225
Photos 5,981
Trips 1,093 map ( 2,433 miles )
Age 40 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Preferred   Oct, Apr, May, Mar → Early
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:13am - 7:28pm
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This trail is steep with several exposed sections. It is built on Morrison clay, which makes it a nightmare when it is wet. It is also south-facing, which means it can get very hot, especially on a summer afternoon. Mountain biking can be dangerous - please know your skill level and be appropriately prepared with PPE before starting any trail. Take these factors into account when planning your trip.

This segment of Andy's Loop descends from the Little Park Road and offers access to the Echo Canyon/Lunch Loops segment of Andy's Loop or the challenging Ribbon Trail. The trail follows a historic road for the first 1/3 and then winds among badlands from the Jurassic Period on its way to the canyon bottom.

The hike is straightforward. From the trailhead/parking area, a well-marked and defined trail crosses some pinon-juniper scrub before reaching a small draw. The old road is visible on the south side, but the trail follows the north bank. It quickly drops down the draw as it becomes steeper and winds around boulders and slopes. There are a couple of switchbacks where the trail traverses resistant sandstone ledges. Eventually, after a rugged downhill, the trail reaches the bottom of Echo Canyon. You may encounter dry sand, isolated pools, or running water depending on the time of day and year. Once at the bottom of the trail, you can either turn left and head up the Ribbon Trail, turn right and head downcanyon on the next segment of Andy's Loop, or turn around and head back up the trail to the parking area.

Water Sources
Echo Canyon flows after a heavy runoff, but plan on bringing your own.

Day use area only.

This trail is rated Black Diamond (Advanced) for mountain bikers.

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2021-02-22 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
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Turn left onto W Grand Ave
    0.1 mi

    Continue onto Broadway
    0.7 mi

    Turn left onto Monument Rd
    0.2 mi

    Turn left onto D Rd
    0.3 mi
    From downtown Grand Junction, take Grand Ave./CO-340 west and turn left on Monument Road. Just past the carwash, turn left onto D Road before crossing the canal. The road turns right naturally into Rosevale Road. An obvious right will come towards the end of Rosevale. Turn right onto Little Park Rd. and continue uphill past the Tabaguache Trail parking area. On the right will be a pulloff, just before the Little Park Staging Area on the left. This is where the trail starts.
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