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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Lariat
Elevation: +65/ -102 ft
Total: 84 riders

Mountain Biking Steve's Loop / Handcuffs

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#172 of 1,353 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#1,258 in the world

From the parking area, ride up jeep road to top of ridge. Connect on Mary's Loop doubletrack. Pass Mack Ridge on right and Moore Fun on left at top of ridge. Follow Mary's doubletrack past Lions Loop singletrack on right. Take the next right on doubletrack. This doubletrack ends with a drop of singletrack down to the next bench. The singletrack follows along the edge of the rim along the Colorado River. Very scenic. Trail returns near the begining of the doubletrack (end of Handcuffs), or continue along rim (Steve's Loop). This trail can be connected with Mary's Loop, Lions Loop, or any other area trail for a longer ride. Great views of the river.

First added by dauw on Nov 24, 2007. Last updated May 8, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take I-70 west from Fruita to Mack exit. Go across interstate, and take dirt frontage road SE for about 1-mile and park at base of jeep road. Ride up jeep road.
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  • tlongpine

    I tacked this on Mary's Loop/Horsethief and I loved it.

    The views and exposure of awesome and there's even a short slot canyon you can explore if you're paying attention.

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  • vbeckman74

    Fruita continues to be spoiled. The trails on this loop are amazing and the views will make the most serious rider stop to take a picture.

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  • kuala_tahan

    Steve's is a fun way to extend the riding in this area. Nothing too challenging, very great views, some decent singletrack. I wouldn't come out here to ride this trail alone, but certainly worth doing if you're out here looking to extend the Mary's/Horsethief a bit.

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  • wrestle203

    Getting to Steve's via Mary's can be a challenge on your lungs. be sure to bring your camera, the view is awesome. The trail is now somewhat packed due to the rain. also bring a map or you will be searching for the correct trail to get out for some time. Technical in some areas.

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  • drlg

    Add Steve's Loop to another longer ride or ride it as a lollipop with Mary's Loop. Fast in places, a few technical parts, great views overlooking the Colorado River.

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  • david_darling

    Absolutely beautiful. Smooth rolling singletrack that skirts the rim of a canyon. A couple of technical sections keep you honest but most of this ride is relaxing. Very cool.

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  • John Fisch

    Steve's Loop/Handcuffs is the very definition of "Sweet Singletrack." Sometimes buff, sometimes technical, always entertaining. The geology is quite unique as well as very picturesque. It's impossible to imagine anybody not falling in love with this ride!

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