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MTB - Behind Gibbler Mountain

Physically moderate/difficult, technically moderate with a few difficult sections. This mountain bike double-track and jeep road makes for a 15.2 mile ride behind Gibbler Mountain. Cactus Park turnoff is 17 miles from Grand Junction. Just past Whitewater turn west on Highway 141, after 9.1 miles, turn left on a dirt road marked with a "Cactus Park" sign. Park in a parking lot with kiosk and potty 1/2 mile up the road. Low clearance cars may not clear the slickrock, be cautious or carpool.

There is a descend from the shoulder of Gibbler mountain down to Gibbler Gulch that sometimes is quite steep. I have not done this loop but the author's of "River City Rides" note this as an enjoyable ride!

Not recommended for beginners, or townie or hybrid bikes.  Please bring a helmet, plenty of drink and snacks, and adequate spare tubes and repair parts.

If you want a copy of the map and write-up, comment with an e:mail address.


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  • Stephen F.

    Hey guys, I did some Google Earth'in and looked specifically at the section we dropped into Gibbler Gulch. If we had made a right and headed up the Gulch we would have climbed up out of the gulf on the jeep trail and could follow it for several miles where it would intersect with Divide Road. A right would take you out to the canyon rim above Driggs Mansion and eventually back to 141. A left at that point would take you back around to pick up Tabeguache Trail, or head into Dominquez Canyon. Either would make for would make for a long ride but I imagine it would be an awesome one!

    March 22, 2014

    • Dave M.

      We could setup a shuttle with a vehicle on Divide Rd so as not to ride back on 141, would be a great ride.

      March 22, 2014

  • David L.

    Tanks Dave for organizing.... Stephen, thanks for sharing the Google info, and definitely deserves some more exploring. Randy, really nice to connect the face with name. You figured me out quick! The ride back to GJ was a perfect finish to a day that will linger in the memory for a good bit of time.

    March 22, 2014

  • Randy F.

    Wow, was that great. Thanks for figuring this out and leading it Dave! And so great to meet you David - I know we're kindred spirits on the biking to the ride thing :-) Steve, we finally rode together again! Yippee. Thanks for taking us down the wash. What a great thing for my fatty.

    1 · March 22, 2014

    • Stephen F.

      Definitely! We need to scout out some more slick rock up on Gibbler.

      March 22, 2014

  • Stephen F.

    Great Group, Great Ride! Even with touches of inclement weather and winds. I think we would all agree that we need to put the Gibbler Mountain Loop in the portfolio of places we ride. I will definitely be back! And for other who may do this ride, definitely counterclockwise.

    March 22, 2014

  • Dave M.

    What a fun ride up and around Gibbler Mountain and through the Gibbler Gulch. Great day on the mountain bike. Thanks guys for joining in.

    1 · March 22, 2014

  • Dave M.

    Parking Note: At the Cactus Park sign on 141, drive up the dirt road about 1/4 mile to a nice parking area with a potty and kiosk. The road is rocky at first and may be difficult for low clearance vehicles. Post if you want to ride share with others who have high clearance vehicles (me).

    March 21, 2014

    • Stephen F.

      Added Parking Note: Just as you exit the highway onto the dirt road if you angle left there is a single lane path that is better suited for cars and wont jar bikes on vehicles nearly as much.

      March 21, 2014

    • Stephen F.

      BTW: I can throw my bike rack on my truck and carry a couple people and their bikes & gear with me. I live in the Redlands and we could meet at my house and Load up. If we leave out of here by 1030 and make the trail head by 1100 easily. I live at 2250 Saddlehord Road, 81507. Reply back if your interested in doing so.

      March 21, 2014

  • Stephen F.

    Right now its just me, Donna is a maybe. I'm planning on the Gibbler Gobble Stomp Around the Mountain assuming my Saturday stays clear.

    March 20, 2014

    • Dave M.

      Randy has asked that I do the Gibbler Mountain ride and Nancy is not, so there will not be a posting for the Cactus Park loop Saturday. I do hope you can join, seems there will be a nice group out to experiment on some new trails.

      March 20, 2014

    • Stephen F.

      R/T

      March 21, 2014

  • Randy F.

    Thanks Dave, looking forward to it! Could you update the "how to find us" with a more complete set of instructions to the trailhead? If you want to put the map/writeup up feel free to add them to the group files (http://www.meetup.com/GJ-CyclePaths/files/) and then link to them here.

    March 19, 2014

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