Round Trip Distance: 0.75 miles
Elevation: 4775 - 4858 feet
Cellphone: 3-5 bars
Time: 15 mins.
Attractions: Connecting loop
The Big Sister Loop is located in the Lunch Loop Trail System in Grand Junction, Colorado. The trail is in an area of the Lunch Loop with 3 prominent hills that are known as the Three Sisters. The Big Sister Loop travels around the highest of the hills which is called the Big Sister. Enroute the Big Sister Loop is connected to by the Hilltop, Yes N Deedee and Time Machine trails. There are also several short spurs that connect it to Curt's Lane.
This post begins following the Big Sister Loop at one of its junctions with the Yes N Deedee trail.
At that point the trail makes a short climb as it heads south along the eastern side of the loop.
Through here there is a mix of white sandstone slickrock and dirt track.
At the 0.14 mile point the Time Machine trail breaks off on the left.
The Big Sister Loop continues its course around the side of the hill where the Colorado National Monument comes into view.
At the 0.36 mile point the trail comes to an intersection where several short spur trails connect it to Curt's Lane.
After taking the right fork at the last intersection the Big Sister Loop turns north and continues around the west side of the hill.
Just past the half mile point the trail reconnects with Yes N Deedee at an intersection where the Hilltop trail crosses its path enroute to the summit of the Big Sister.
For the last section of the loop Big Sister shares the route with the Yes N Deedee trail.
The Big Sister Loop comes to an end near the saddle in the ridge where it first began. From here you can continue on the Yes N Deedee trail to the left and maybe pick up the Nor'easter or you can pop back over the ridge and get on the Time Machine or Curt's Lane from where you can make connections to one of the many other trails in the Lunch Loop area. The Big Sister Loop is a good choice for beginner to intermediate skill level mountain bike riders and for any of the many hikers and trail runners that come to the Lunch Loop. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is grab your bike or 'Take a hike'.