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This short loop provides a quick leg-stretcher in the Fruita Front Country but can also be part of a longer series of linked hikes using the Kodels/Devil's loops.
The hike is relatively straightforward and well-marked. At the trailhead, the trail immediately branches. Both trails visible are part of the Kodels #2 loop. This description is written in a clockwise direction, but there's no reason that the trail can't be hiked counter-clockwise as well.
Following the left branch, the trail quickly rises up a hill and comes to a signed junction with the Kodels #3 trail to the left and the Kodels #2 Loop to the right. Follow the Loop to the right and continue into the Pinon-Juniper forest. Not far after the first sign, you will come to a section junction, also marked for Kodels #3 and Kodels #2 (though this sign faces into a bush instead of your direction of travel. Taking the left branch will bring you back to the Kodels #3 trail. Turning right will allow you to follow along with the Kodels #2 loop.
Staying on the loop, you will see a low rise on the western horizon with a sign on it. This ridge of Morrison sandstone marks the turning point on the Kodels #2 loop. From this sign on the ridge, you can continue west on Kodels #2 or turn right (north) along the ridge on the Kodels #2 loop.
Following the ridge north, you are now facing back towards Fruita, and the city makes appearances between the trees and the houses in the King's View subdivision look very close - in fact, some of them back right up against the BLM land. As the ridge starts to peter out into a wash, the trail veers northeast and drops into a draw before climbing a ridge right next to a large house. This portion of the trail is easily visible as you are heading north before the draw, and a prominent juniper stands next to the trail near the house.
You can see the parking area from the juniper, and the rest of the hike is merely dropping down the east side of the house ridge to join up with the trailhead back at the fenceline.
None, bring all you need.
The Fruita Front Country is day-use only.
Equestrians use this trail frequently. Remember to observe proper etiquette when around horses on the trail.
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