Friday, 30 November 2012 06:30

On the Trails: Epic Trail Spotlight – Mountain Bike the Kokopelli Trail

Riding the Kokopelli Trail in one push is truly one of the greatest mountain bike endurance tests in North America. Easy access and relative proximatey to airports makes this a must do for hardcore endurance athletes. The Kokopelli Trail is 142 miles of beautiful rugged jeep road and travels past wonderful ruddy-colored canyons, arches, the La Sals, and the Colorado river. It transcends from Loma, CO to Moab, UT and offers its marvels to the adventure seeking cyclist or runner.
Options:
Epic – This trail can be ridden in one push. Mere mortals can ride it in 30 hours, super human athletes can aim for under 24 hours, but the FKT for riding centers around 15H and the FKT in running is Peter Bakwin’s 32:47.
Endurance – With support it can be ridden in 3-5 days, but some sick riders do it in 1.
Day ride – There are many sections that can be ridden as an out and back with some incredible scenery. A couple options include: Mary’s Loop, Troy Built, Moore Fun, or Mack Ridge.
Location: Fly into Grand Junction. From GJ travel West on I-70 for 15 miles, to the Loma exit (exit 15). Turn left (West) at the top of the exit ramp to cross over the interstate to the South. Turn right at the access rd. and follow signs to the trailhead parking area 0.5 miles down the gravel rd.
Logistics: There are many shuttle services in Moab to get you back to your car. Camping is available at various sections off the trail, located mostly by large parking areas like the Mack exit (8 locations along the trail).
Length: 142 miles
Weather: Early May is ideal for riding conditions. Expect daytime temps to be mid-70’s to 80’s, cooler as elevation increases. Nights will be cooler – 40’s to 50’s.
Elevation: Elevation Gain: +18,195/-22,800. Starting elevation (Loma): 4606 ft. Ending (Moab): 4024 ft. Elevation Max: 8603 ft.
Terrain: Rolling singletrack through buttes, sand, 4×4 and country road terrain.
Riding season: Spring and fall are the best time to ride or run.
Details: Latitude/Longitude – 39.20894, -108.97230
Shop: Singletracks in Fruita, Poison Spider in Moab.