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Kodels #2 Loop, CO

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
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Distance Loop 0.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,556 feet
Elevation Gain 70 feet
Accumulated Gain 72 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 30 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 1.06
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Author PaleoRob
author avatar Guides 168
Routes 225
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Trips 1,093 map ( 2,433 miles )
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Location Grand Junction, CO
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Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:13am - 7:29pm
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Overview
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.


Hike
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.

Water Sources
None, bring all you need.

Camping
The Fruita Front Country is day-use only.

Note
Equestrians use this trail frequently. Remember to observe proper etiquette when around horses on the trail.

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2021-02-25 PaleoRob
    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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    Directions
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    To hike
    From the Fruita
    Exit on I-70, head south on CO-340. Cross the Colorado River on the 340 bridge and begin climbing the rise towards Colorado National Monument. Immediately after the King's View Rd, turn on the right (or the Rimrock Adventures/rodeo arena on the left), there will be a small, unsigned dirt parking lot on the right (west) side of the road. Pull off and park in this parking area. If you reach the Dinosaur Hill turn off, you have gone too far but can use it to turn around - the Kodels trailhead is much easier to see coming from the south.
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