One-way Distance: 0.4 miles
MTB Skill level:
Elevation: 5192 - 5358 feet
Cellphone: 3-5 bars
Time: 15 mins.
Trailhead: Tabeguache/Lunch Loop
Attractions: Short connector
Eagle's Connector is located in the Lunch Loop Trails System in Grand Junction, Colorado. The almost half mile long trail makes a connection between the Tabeguache trail, just below Widow Maker Hill, and Eagle's Wing.
For this post we are beginning at the Tabeguache end of the trail.
The trail starts out with a little drop that takes it over some boulders that are imbedded in the ground.
After the first little drop the general trend for the trail is uphill as it gains about 150 feet overall.
The trail smooths out a bit after the initial bumps.
A few challenges remain as there are no shortages of big rocks in this area.
Some of this is a bit easier in the downhill direction. The short connector gets about the same amount of use in both directions from mountain bikers, hikers and trail runners alike.
As the trail progresses the larger rocks thin out and the trail becomes more moderate.
The last part of the trail is a little steeper and ends with some talus. In this picture the big drop that the Eagle's Wing makes as it comes down the mountain is to the left of the saddle. The portion of the Eagle's Wing to the right isn't too bad until it begins another plunge down a bouldery ridge.
Eagle's Connector comes to an end at the Eagle's Wing where there is a map of the Lunch Loop Trails System to help plan the route to follow next. We actually turned around and returned the way that we came to get to the trail that we had in mind to follow this one. The slideshow at the end of this post shows pictures taken for both directions. Some of the trails features show up better for the return trip. If you are mountain biking and not stopping for pictures then this trail takes all of about 5 minutes. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is grab your bike or 'Take a hike'.