High Noon

Round Trip Distance: 0.6 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
MTB Skill level:
Elevation: 4979 - 5082 feet
Cellphone: 3-5 bars
Time: 30 mins.
Trailhead: Tabeguache/Lunch Loop
Fee: none
Attractions: Scenic connector

The High Noon trail is located in the Lunch Loop Trails System in Grand Junction, Colorado. The upper end of the trail begins at a junction with the Eagle's Wing and Eagle's Tail trails. From there it cuts across the Tabeguache trail where it makes a scenic passage to its eastern end at a junction with the Moto and Raven Ridge trails. Enroute the High Noon trail is also connected to by the Pet-e-Kes, Lemon Squeezer and Pucker Up trails.

This post begins on a ridge at the upper end of the High Noon trail at its intersection with the Eagle's Wing and Eagle's Tail trails.

The first part of the trail makes a short descent where it skirts around the edges of a small hanging valley.

Through here the route is mostly smooth with an occasional rock to bump over.

Before reaching the quarter mile point the upper end of the Pet-e-Kes trail branches off on the left.

After passing the Pet-e-Kes junction the trail begins gradually gaining a little elevation.

At the 0.35 mile point High Noon reaches the Tabeguache trail. The signage is a little unclear at this intersection but to continue following High Noon over to Raven Ridge go to the left.

After a short distance the High Noon trail will branch off on the right and continue on its way.

The general trend for the rest of the trail is in the downhill direction.

The trails profile shows the little dip that it starts out with and that the intersection with the Tabeguache trail is the high point. From there it is mostly downhill with a little climb right at the end to Raven Ridge.

There are several scenic settings along the next section of trail.

Just past the half mile point the Lemon Squeezer branches off on the right. After that the High Noon snakes its way though some large boulders. A short distance before it ends the lower end of the downhill mountain bike only Pucker Up trail connects to High Noon.

The whole thing comes to an end on a shoulder at the base of Raven Ridge. The Moto trail begins to the left at this point and parallels Raven Ridge back toward the trailhead. High Noon is probably the easiest route to get to and from this end of Raven Ridge. Since Raven Ridge is a lot of fun to hike, bike and run the High Noon trail ends up getting quite a bit of use. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is grab your bike or 'Take a hike'.