August 29, 2017
The Lunch Loops, sometimes known as the Tabeguache Trail Network, is technical - don't expect flow or relaxing back-country riding. It's rock-strewn - solid, chunky rocks that form steps, drops, squeezes, and more. They'll attack your chain wheel and pedals or just throw you off the mountain side if you don't pay attention. You need good balance to enjoy the Lunch Loops and if you have it you'll love these intense trails. There are steep sections and very steep sections. And actually, there are a few places where you can get up just a bit of speed.
Most people use the Monument Road trail-head and head south and up, for example, Tabeguache, Eagles, Pet-e-Kes, High Noon, Prenup and Gunny Loop which will run you over the top and down the other side. From there you could head back to the trailhead on Holy Bucket, Coyote Ridge, Raven Ridge, and Curts Lane. I mention those trails as examples; there are dozens of others and the area is extensive. To enjoy the Lunch Loops you probably need a plan and a map, and you'll probably need to come back a few times if you can't find a local to ride with.
By the way the Gunny Loop is not a loop. It starts by climbing about 300 feet to the highest part of the network and then descends about 800 feet and is intensively technical but not nasty or extreme. It's one of the best mountain bike trails on the planet.