Van Tuyl Loop
ElevationAscent: 46' 14 m
Descent: -47' -14 m
High: 7,746' 2,361 m
Low: 7,705' 2,348 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)
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“A flat and wide trail that will take you through pastures and alongside the Gunnison River.”— Bradley Potter
In the winter time the area offers free Nordic skiing. Those few intersections can be slightly muddy too sometimes.
Continuing on, you begin to escape the trees on a straight and wide path until you reach a dirt road. Cross the road to where the port-a-potty is and the trail continues. Soon after there is a wonderful hand carved bench and picnic table under some trees if you want to have a picnic or stretch.
As you continue, the trail makes a few turns with a slight downhill (very easy in the reverse direction) with a pink-ish house on the right. The trail makes a left, now headed west, where there is another hand carved bench alongside the Gunnison River for a good chance to take a break and look around before the trail makes another left. The path makes another curve and if follows a ditch for the cattle and agriculture in the area where you may see some ducks.
Then, you cross a small foot bridge which is probably the narrowest part of the trail and can be icy sometimes of the year. Passing fences on either side, you may be greeted by some cows or horses. The fenced in land is private property so do not cross onto their land, the trail is obvious so this should not be a problem.
Further down the trail you'll get to a split in the trail. To the left is that same cutoff optional trail to where the tall trees are. The other trail that crosses another tiny foot bridge takes you down to a house which will then link you up with the road you started on. If you go left you should know where you are and is a great trail to take if you want to make another lap or put you back where you started. If you go right, across the small wooden foot bridge, you'll reach a house on the corner to your right and a dirt road, where you'll then make a right and end up where you started.
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