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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +554/ -1,025 ft
Total: 20 riders

Mountain Biking West Bench Trail

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#266 of 1,348 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#2,422 in the world

Follow a path heading towards the woods and dam of Sunset lake. Follow this trail through some
suburbs untill you reach the Foerst Station. Then bear right onto West Bench Trail. The trail
continues to Powder Horn downhill trails and also to lands end. But, I stoped at a spot where a
stream is the trail for 1/4 or so miles.

First added by Lancefan on Dec 3, 2006. Last updated Apr 28, 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
From Grand Junction head East on I-70. Turn right on CO 65. When you arrive at Mesa Lakes, turn right and Park near Sunset lake.
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  • wrestle203

    Rode west bench on 9/16/12. It was a great ride, We made a loop out it. total of just over 20 miles. Took a nap at the chair lift then continued to head west to the radio towers. came back through the deep creek trail. The creek bed is a very hard rocky ride. Did an endo, everything is well but my ego. the weather was great and the views were awesome with the aspens changing. * Review edited 9/18/2012

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  • abegold

    High elevation riding deep in the trees. Even in the hottest parts of summer you won't sweat here. Expect solitude. Mosquitoes on the mesa are numerous with over 300 lakes. I started the trails crossing a beaver dam. The part of the trail I rode was pretty flat.

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  • wrestle203

    Great fun. the blood suckers were not bad this time. trail can get slick with the rains

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  • William_Monroe

    This is a very fun trail for late summer riding, as it tends to be wet til July. I like to ride it all the way to Palisade point, where a great view of the Grand Valley can be enjoyed. After you pass Powderhorn lift 2, the trail will join a rough doubletrack for a few miles, then pop out on a gravel road. I take this to the west edge of the Grand Mesa before returning to Powderhorn.

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  • Lancefan

    There were some great rock gardens on this trail and in additiion some great fast hard packed single track. It is hard to find, I found it by accident, but if you do you wont be disapointed.

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