RIBBON DOWNHILL - Trail, Grand Junction, Colorado

RIBBON DOWNHILL - Trail, Grand Junction, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

OPEN AREAS OF SLICKROCK, WITH GREAT SINGLETRACK. CAN LEAD TO POSSIBLE OTHER SINGLE TRACK OR DOUBLE TRACK

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 02, 2012]
Josh
Cross Country Rider

This ride is tantalizing as it is visible from much of the Grand Valley, and everyone should do it at least once. You should definitely climb it because shuttling is lame. It's not a bad climb. You may get bored but it's a good workout. The descent is in my opinion a waste of good, hard-earned elevation. It's the only ride I've ever done where I smelled bike brakes. The initial drop into the gulch and subsequent singletrack is fun and challenging, then once you get to the slickrock it gets meh, with a couple interesting sections between slabs.

Customer Service

Little Park Road descent to Andy's, up the Ribbon, turn around if you're just wanting to check out the ribbon. Otherwise, from the Tabeguache trailhead, up Eagle's to Free Lunch, down to Prenup, up to the road and then descend to the gulch as above. For the return, take Prenup to Holy Cross to Miramonte Rim to Bentonite.

Similar Products Used:

Holy Cross, Mary's, Horsethief, Steve's, Joe's Ridge, Primecut, Kessel

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 11, 2012]
SweatyYeti
Cross Country Rider

The upper half of this trail is all slickrock and is the best part of the trail. It is totally awesome, wide open cruising. Be very careful dropping into the infamous toilet bowl section. The lower half of this trail is a combination of sandy to rocky single track that ends in a series of rocky arroyo bottoms. This lower half is not quite as awesome as the upper slickrock part and there are sections that you will need to walk. The lowest most part of this trail was recently re-routed. The re-route was poorly conceived, parts of it are nearly unrideable, and other parts will be washed away with the first big rainstorm of the season. I would rate this trail as advanced, if you attempt to ride all the difficult sections, or intermediate if you walk the difficult sections (which are few, but obvious). A great ride in general, and usually less crowded then the nearby, more popular Lunch Loops trails.

Customer Service

Much to my dislike, this trail has become a shuttle ride for lazy downhill hellions, otherwise known as shuttle bunnies. I ride this trail both ways, up and down. The uphill ride is an aerobic challenge for worthy mountain bikers. The shuttle bunnies are missing the whole point of riding a mountain bike; hard sweat is rewarded by a great downhill.

Similar Products Used:

Start at the Lunch Loops parking lot and ride up most any trail to get to the start of the Ribbon trial off Little Park Road. Unless, of course you are a shuttle bunny, then just hop into one of the lazy boy shuttles to get your creampuff bunny buns to the top. Shuttle bunnies will not break a sweat until they reach the bottom of this trail and find that they have to hike (yes, little bunny, hike) a few hundred feet up a steep, loose, shale slope to get back to Little Park Road.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 06, 2011]
CanyonDad
Cross Country Rider

I live in Grand Junction, and ride the Ribbon UP when I'm feeling really strong. It's a major grunt, but totally worth it once you reach the top and bomb back down. Trail builders just re-routed the bottom of the hike a bike section back up to Little Park road. First spot isn't rideable, but the rest will be for the strongest. For a big climb, park at the bottom of Gunny on Little Park Rd, come up Gunny and then up the Ribbon, back down the way you came.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 18, 2007]
teocalli401
Cross Country Rider

You must RIDE UP to truly enjoy this trail. Climbing will help you look for more creative and fun lines on the downhill. Plus 70% of the climb is on slick rock making the ride bearable. To those you encounter asking why your riding it uphill. Let them know it's for the sick paved road downhill. Then call them pussies. cause they are. Awsome downhill section. Don't forget to try to descend the toilet bowl up top.

Customer Service

Up Up. Down to Gunny Loop.

Similar Products Used:

All

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 18, 2007]
teocalli401
Cross Country Rider

You must RIDE UP to truly enjoy this trail. Climbing will help you look for more creative and fun lines on the downhill. Plus 70% of the climb is on slick rock making the ride bearable. To those you encounter asking why your riding it uphill. Let them know it's for the sick paved road downhill. Then call them pussies. cause they are. Awsome downhill section. Don't forget to try to descend the toilet bowl up top.

Customer Service

Up Up. Down to Gunny Loop.

Similar Products Used:

All

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 18, 2007]
teocalli401
Cross Country Rider

You must RIDE UP to truly enjoy this trail. Climbing will help you look for more creative and fun lines on the downhill. Plus 70% of the climb is on slick rock making the ride bearable. To those you encounter asking why your riding it uphill. Let them know it's for the sick paved road downhill. Then call them pussies. cause they are. Awsome downhill section. Don't forget to try to descend the toilet bowl up top.

Customer Service

Up Up. Down to Gunny Loop.

Similar Products Used:

All

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 18, 2004]
bobnarly
Downhiller

true junction DH fast-..tech in spots bring your camelback& enjoy!!!

Customer Service

directions are good

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 26, 2002]
Eddie

Fun and challenging, this ride has a bit of everything: slickrock downhilling, streambeds, singletrack, etc. You have to stay alert pretty much the whole time to navigate the omnipresent obstacles, but the challenge is what makes it so fun. Be ready for a lot of thigh & forearms burn from all the standing and brake-grabbing you'll be doing. Took us almost 2 hours to do the ride this way. Good times, but not for below-intermediate riders. Have fun.

Customer Service

As described above. Bear left midway down the slickrock at the start as the singletrack goes off to the left and can be hard to locate. As you head down, watch for small cairns (stacks of rocks) marking which way to go. Bear left at the junctions with other trails (unless you plan to add the Gunny Loop to your ride) until you come to the righthand trail that heads up out of the "canyon" in a northwesterly direction. Unless you're a superfit trials master, you'll have to hike most of the way up, but it's not bad. Then, scream down thru the Lunch Loop/Andy's Loop network to the parking lot on Monument Road.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 26, 2002]
Enormous Pituitary

Fun & challenging, this one has some of everything: sandstone downhilling; tight singletrack; babyhead-filled streambeds, etc. Gotta stay sharp to negotiate the omnipresent obstacles/technical sections. Your thighs will burn and your forearms will be pumped from the handfuls of brake you'll be grabbing on the descent, but it'll be well worth it. We stayed left at all but the last juncture, but one such juncture will take you over to the Gunny Loop, which is also a blast. Not for intermediate riders, so be sure of your skills before taking this one on.

Customer Service

As described above. Bear left about midway down the "main" slickrock slab to connect with the singletrack. You may have to hunt around a bit, but it's there, I swear. Keep your eyes peeled for the small cairns marking the way down the slickrock. Navigation is somewhat easier after that. We stayed left at all trail junctures except the right hand trail heading northwest up out of the "canyon". It's a hiker, but nothing horrible. At the top, remount & blaze down thru the Lunch Loop/Andy's Loop network to the parking lot on Monument road.

Similar Products Used:

Mary's/Lions/Rustler's/Horsethief Loops, Troy Built, Moore Fun, Mack Ridge, 18 Road trails.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[May 22, 2002]
Peevedlocal

You shuttle monkeys need to learn how to steer your bikes and ride uphill. What used to be rideable is now pitted sandpits from your Vans churning up the sand. The skid tranches from those who don't know how to use a front brake are unsightly, as well as a sign that there are many irresponsible shuttlers now attracted to this trail. What one responder poses as a seemingly impossible climb is quite doable, except in two places. Either ride up it too, or go to a ski resort. Don't even think of riding through the crypto up there either.

Customer Service

Riding UP the Ribbon first.

Similar Products Used:

For shuttle monkeys? I recommend going to a ski resort.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
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