Palisade Rim Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,514' 461 m
Descent: -1,515' -462 m
High: 6,042' 1,841 m
Low: 4,748' 1,447 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 39% (22°)
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“High exposure running right along the cliff's edge above the lush orchards of Palisade.”— Andrew Walters
"The entire Palisade Rim Trail is considered to be difficult, even by Grand Junction standards. This trail is not recommended for inexperienced riders, anyone with a fear of
edges and ledges, or those with a weak heart and a will to live. "
Be sure to keep an eye out for bikers as they are descending, and along the exposed cliff section.
The first climb follows great singletrack and technical rock sections across dry washes as it switchbacks up ~800 feet to the upper loop connector trail. The trail is great in either direction, but for simple navigating and great views, take a right at every junction and you'll see all of the highlights.
When you reach the Upper Rim Loop, you'll see signs indicating petroglyphs just off the trail near the junction. Check them out now if you want a break on the climb, or on the way down if you don't want to break your flow. Follow signs for the Upper Loop and then stay right at the next junction. Amazing exposure along the rim awaits as you run over rocky shale, packed dirt and slickrock. The back side of the loop heads away from the cliff's edge and weaves in and out of washes to bring you back to the petroglyph junction. Head right again to see all of the trails and you'll also get a better view into some of the side canyons. Stay right again at the final junction to end up back at the road.
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