Just when you thought the Lunch Loops couldn't get any better, enter Pet-A-Kes—a 1-mile, moderately technical climb that serves as an entertaining alternative to the monotonous dirt road ascent. Nestled in Grand Junction, Colorado, this trail offers intermediate riders an entry point into the expansive Lunch Loops network, including iconic rides like Widowmaker, Holy Cross, and Eagles Tail.
The Lunch Loops used to be accessible mainly through dull doubletrack roads. Pet-A-Kes shakes up the routine with a singletrack filled with just enough technical parts to keep riders intrigued. What once was a wearisome ascent has now become an engaging prelude to the extensive trail system above.
The grade on Pet-A-Kes won't decimate your energy levels. It's moderate enough to serve as a warm-up but sufficiently challenging to demand focus. From intermittent rock gardens to sudden switchbacks, the trail presents four notable 'obstacles.' Conquering these can serve as your litmus test for what's to come in the broader Lunch Loops.
Pet-A-Kes works perfectly as a standalone ride or as part of a larger circuit within the Lunch Loops network. Once you reach the top, options are plenty—take on the daunting Widowmaker or roll down the Holy Cross for a speedy descent.
If you've found the ascent to the Lunch Loops to be a tedious task, Pet-A-Kes might be just what you're looking for. This trail enhances the entire Lunch Loops experience, making the ride up as exciting as the journey down. It's a fresh, welcome addition that has quickly become a staple in the Grand Junction mountain biking community.