Time Machine

One-way Distance: 0.8 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Skill level:
Elevation: 4757 - 4819 feet
Cellphone: 3-5 bars
Time: 30 mins.
Trailhead: Lunch Loop
Fee: none
Attractions: Fun route

The Time Machine is located in the Lunch Loop Trails area in Grand Junction, Colorado. The upper end of the trail begins off of the Big Sister Loop where it makes a downhill run around some large boulders followed by a mostly easier trek around the eastern hillsides of the Three Sisters end of the Lunch Loop area. The trail comes to an end at a junction with Leftover Lane.

This post begins at the point that the Time Machine trail branches off of the Big Sister Loop.

From the Big Sister Loop the trail descends to a rocky point where it veers off to the left on a wide easy switchback.

The trail follows the contours of the hillside along a moderately easy path with some occasional scree and rocky bumps.

Still losing elevation along an easy grade the trail takes a scenic route between some large boulders.

After passing between the boulders the trail crosses a very shallow wash where it takes an easy route heading southward.

Quick time can be made with nothing more than a moderate bump or two to rough up the trail.

The Time Machine trail seems to find plenty of places to seclude itself from the rest of the Lunch Loop trails.

Easy stretches of dirt track are not the norm for many of the Lunch Loop trails making the Time Machine a nice change of pace.

A little variety presents itself where the trail finds some exposed slickrock to carry it up another shallow wash.

The last part of the trail regains some of its lost elevation along a gentle upslope.

The Time Machine trail comes to an end at its junction with Leftover Lane. Following Leftover Lane to the right leads up to Curt's Lane and to the trailhead. To the right Leftover Lane makes a dramatic drop down the cliff to its junction with the Miramonte trail which it crosses before climbing up to Miramonte Rim and coming to an end. As far as the Time Machine trail goes it is a nice something else to do in the Lunch Loop Trails area. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is grab your bike or 'Take a hike'.