So Close

The 2019 Gunny Loopy Loop is almost upon us.

The weather looks amazing, hot days, cool nights, chilly mornings, very little rain in the forecast. In fact be careful with fire out there, no fire restrictions that I’m aware of, but its dry.

A couple notes I want to bring up:

I didn’t mention in the cues that we will be taking “Death Pass/Trl409.1a” a tiny bypass along Brush Creek Rd. Same as Last Year! I updated the cues to reflect this. The road is acceptable! But the trail is a bit shorter and less climbing. Again either is fine. I also updated the Shortie Map/GPX to reflect this as well. I apologize if this is confusing or a pain. The Biggie Map is correct for this section, but the Biggie cues have also been corrected. This is only a mile or so and not significant of a change. I will also go over this Friday night is anyone has any questions. This bypass happens at ~mile 83 for the Shortie and ~mile 112 for the Biggie.

I also want to reiterate that this is a self supported, DIY style ride. No Outside Support! If you know the person, just say no.

Again, super casual get together at the Dive in Gunny, Friday the 30, from 5-7. The Dive is right on HWY 50, next to Safeway. I’ll have a map and a laptop with the latest GPX files. I will also be there to answer any questions or concerns.

Start is downtown Gunny, IOOF Park on the second block of North Main St, 4:AM. This is also the finish, please take a selfie in front of the water fountain and send me this with a text the time and day that you finished. I’ll be sure you all have my number before we start.

Any last questions please feel free to hit me up, or ask Friday/Tomorrow Night!


Go Time

Less than a week till go time.

The sky is so blue, the sun is still scorching hot, the mornings are quite a bit cooler, there’s a tiny turn in the aspen leaves, Labor Day is almost upon us.

Maps are finalized, Trackleaders is up and looking so good.

Shit is getting real.

Get together Friday night, thinking 5-7PM, still not sure where…but I can show it on a real map, answer any questions, etc.



Full Kit, 2019 Biggie Loop

Thought Id share my kit as of now for the 2019 Gunny Loopy Loop, Biggie Loop. I might tweak a few things over the next couple weeks, but most of whats shown will be part of what keeps me hydrated, fed, warm-ish, and dry. I’ll go over a few things but if there’s questions please let me know.


Bike: Waltworks steel hardtail. Currently single speed, decided to go easy with a 28×21. 130mm Yari Fork, Guide Brakes, 150mm eVERB dropper, Ergon Saddle, carbon rims with 29×2.7 tires, Custom TI Cycles Bars, All the Grips, Bar Ends and all that uncool stuff.


Bags: Homemade Front Bag, Partial Frame Bag, Down Tube Bags, Stem Bag, with a couple of small bits that I found useful. I might add a feed bag, if it gets colder, or if I’m really hungry….

Hydration: 1/.75L and 2/.65L bottles, Katadyn BeFree Filter.

Clothing: Black Diamond Rainshell, Salomon Knickers, Long Sleeve Wool T, extra wool socks, windproof fleece gloves, puffy vest, wind shell, headband, buff.

Shelter: SOL Escape Light Bivy.

Hygene: Sunscreen, Toothbrush/Paste, Handy Wipes, Butt Whips, Chamois Cream, Neosprin, Aleeve.

Bike stuff: 2/29er tubes, Hero Kit Multitool, Dynaplug kit, Lezyne Pump, C02/Head, Micro Leatherman, 2/Tire Levers, Chain Bits, 2/Master Links, Extra Brake Pads/Spring/Pin, Cleat Bolt, Valve Core, Lube n Rag, Zip Ties/Few Extra Spokes/Nips in Handlebar. (If I go gears I will add the Wolf Tooth Masterlink Plier/Tool.)

Lights: 2/Fenix PD35’s, 4 extra 3400MAH batteries, Cygolight HotShot Rear Light.

Etrex 20/ 2 extra AA batteries, cache battery/cord for my crappy phone.

Micro First Aid Kit/Fire Starter Kit, Back Up Water Tabs.

Plus: clothing worn, shoes, helmet, gloves, sunnies.

Think that is all. It is very similar to what I’ve been carrying over the years. I sometimes add and subtract a few things, but this is a good representation of my core kit. I don’t plan on sleeping all that much, 1.5-3 hours a day, and I run pretty warm. I Did Not put this together only based on weight or space, but knowing what I can handle over lots of trail and error. I might add a bit more warm stuff if we get a cold snap in the next couple weeks, otherwise, Loopy Loop here I come!!!

Loopy Water

Just a bit here about water on the Loopy Loops. There is abundant surface water, its been a flowing summer so most creeks are running. I’m not going to list all the water sources as there are too many to count. I will point out a couple dry sections.

From Start in town, thru Hartmans is dry till we cross S. Beaver Crk @~mile 12.

From Beaver Crk/RD726 @~mile 28.5 once we climb out of this valley I’m not sure of many water sources till we hit Little Mill Crk@~mile 46. Although it is very possible there are some small creeks that I’m not remembering.

From there water crossings happen fairly often, I’d dare to guess every 4-5 miles, so water is pretty easy till…

The last section from Fossil Ridge/Beaver Mcintyre, is mostly dry once you do the big last climb out. There is water sometimes next to the CT Spur Singletrack in the creek along Lost Canyon Rd, also sometimes a tiny spring next to trail in trees. After that the high sage road to Signal section is dry, but also pretty fast, so town and cold drinks are not far away.

I’m taking three bottles, 1/.75L, 2/.65L, so 2.3 Liters as my water capacity. 2 to 3 Liters should be plenty for most, some could do as little as 2 bottles, but do some research!

If anyone has specific questions about water or anything else, feel free to let me know.


Two Weeks Till We Loopy

Howdy Folks!


That’s right we are just two weeks away from go time for the Gunny Loopy Loop.

Starts in Gunnison, August 31st, 4:AM.

I’m including links to the Shortie and Biggie Maps, from Plotaroute you can convert right there to GPX file and then use Topofusion, Base Camp or another program upload to a GPS. Maps are more or less set and finalized at this point.

Shortie Loopy Loop Map

Biggie Loopy Loop Map

Trackleaders sign up can be found here:

Lots of info right here, scroll on down for route descriptions, full route cues, and pictures.

If you have questions, please let me know. Hope some folks can make this happen as it is gonna be special.


Biggie Details

Got out to ride a bit of the Biggie Loop. The section that we rode was Tin Cup Intercept Trail, Tin Cup Pass, Tunnel Lakes Trail, Alpine Tunnel Road. High Alpine riding, so gorgeous up there, also kinda crazy in spots. I’m gonna go over what I remembered, relearned and discovered today!


Tin Cup Intercept Trl. This is the first/grassy/cairns marked section, not sure it would be visible at all at night! Faint tread/backslope, and a few cairns is all.


More of the grassy section of Tin Cup Intercept, looking towards Napoleaon Pass where Biggie riders will traverse from.


Snow Plus Atop Tin Cup Intercept, was passable, could be gone by August 31?!?!


Just below Snow Plug, Thru the Notch, begin traverse/Willow section.


Willow sidehill section on TC Intercept. I flagged it pretty good as it is very vague in spots, look for orange flags in the willows. Be careful, its thin.


TC Intercept hits an old double track coming off the top of Tin Cup Pass, turns right and heads down to this gate, easiest go left around high side. Closed to motor vehicles. Pictured in the background is a switchback on Tin Cup Pass, head down pass.


Start of Tunnel Lakes Trail, just after you turn Right off Tin Cup Pass.


Tunnel Lakes trail, magic stuff out there, magic.



Start of Alpine Tunnel Road, good road built into a cliffside and there are a few rock slides onto the road and a couple washouts, descend with caution, Remember to turn left onto Tomichi Pass at first switchback.


Rock Slide on Alpine Tunnel Road, easily passable, but beware of the drop to your right!!!


Last Bit of the Loopy.

Here’s a bit of the last 6 miles of both Loopy Loops. These are all part of the Signal Peak Trail System, some are marked, some not. All well ridden and documented on MTBProject and such. Signal Trails start on North Woods, to Shoestring, to Ridge/doubletrack, to Rasta Gulch, to Contour, to Old Gunny Spur of the CT bits to WCU Campus.


Sunset on North Woods trail.



Shoestring Trl


More Shoestring


Top of “Rasta Gulch” Hard left onto single track from Ridge doubletrack. Turn Right at bottom onto Contour trail.


A little bit more single track, old Gunny Spur of the CT


WCU Campus, take any route thru town, you made the Loop!