Sunday, June 15, 2014
Since Diane and I were home today and had no other plans elsewhere, we decided to wake up early and hike The Ribbon Trail before it got too hot out. This is a trail that has been on my to-do list for a while and I was glad to finally be able to check it out. This is a popular mountain biking trail that starts up on Little Park Road and follows large expanses of slickrock along canyon rims and is mostly downhill the whole way. We brought both our vehicles and left one at the bottom trailhead so we could hike down from the top. While most of the trail is downhill, there is still a good climb at the end to reach the lower trailhead along the road.
Near the top of the trail there was this nice striped sandstone canyon.
Large expanses of slickrock to ride or hike down.
Following sandstone along the rim of a canyon.
A sandstone bridge that the trail follows.
Beautiful sandstone formations overlooking the Grand Valley.
Faint trail across the slickrock.
Blue sky and clouds over sandstone.
An interesting small canyon with a shallow water-filled slot carved into the bottom.
The lower part of the trail leaves the slickrock.
There were still some desert wildflowers blooming along the trail.
The sun looked cool breaking through this layer of clouds.
Near the end of the Ribbon Trail shortly before it connects with Andys Loop.
View from Andys Loop as it climbs back up to Little Park Road.
Inside a tunnel along the trail.
Diane exits the tunnel on the other side.
Looking back towards the Colorado National Monument from near the end of the trail.
View of the face of the Colorado National Monument from Little Park Road as we drove back down.