After Work Adventures | Tuesday, November 7, 2023
After hiking the western ends of Mary’s Loop and the Wrangler Trail last week on Halloween, I returned to the Kokopelli Loops right after work today so I could finish hiking the eastern ends of both of those trails. Even though we just had the Daylight Savings Time change over the weekend and afternoon sunlight would be limited, I figured that this loop would be short enough and I would be able to squeeze it in before sunset. I started my hike near the Kokopelli Trailhead and followed the Wrangler Loop to the point I had hiked to last week and then returned down Mary’s Loop to complete the loop. Even though it was a bit windy this afternoon, the clouds and light were a lot nicer than during my hike last week and I enjoyed the views along the way. In the end, the loop was just over 5.5 miles and I returned to my Jeep shortly before sunset, so the timing was perfect. Here are a couple of photos from the hike…
The eastern end of Mack Ridge as I started my hike up the Wrangler Loop.
Looking back to the Grand Mesa from the Wrangler Loop as I climbed up onto the bench.
Wrangler Loop Trail
Looking down to the Kokopelli Trail / Mary’s Loop, which would be my return route.
The warm light was lovely this afternoon.
Mack Ridge East
Following Mary’s Loop back to the trailhead.
Horsethief Bench Overlook
Rustler’s Bench View
A final view over the Grand Valley to the Little Book Cliffs and Grand Mesa shortly before sunset.