Wranglers CutoffDate: 1/27/2014
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 39° 10.474’N , 108° 49.758’W
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The Wrangler Cutoff trail is actually a connecting trail that connects the Wranglers Loop trail to Mary’s Loop and is located within the Kokopelli Trail System in McInnis Canyons just outside of Loma Colorado. To access the trailhead from Grand Junction Colorado you need to travel west on I-70 to the Loma exit (exit 15). Once on the exit take a left turn onto 13 Road/CO 139, cross over the highway then turn right onto Hawkeye Road. Follow Hawkeye Road for just under 1 mile then take the first left and follow the road for just over .5 miles as it climbs over the hill and dead ends at private property. The trailhead I started at is located just above the Rustlers Loop trail head.
The first portion of the trail starts out on the Mary’s Loop trail and begins by climbing up to the top of the small ridge and is probably the most strenuous portion of the hike. After about a quarter mile you come to the first intersection of the trail. Going left keeps you on Mary’s Loop and going right will take you to Wrangler Loop. I turned right and followed the trail as it continued climbing.
Continue following the trail for the next mile or so until you come to the second intersection. Turning left here puts you on the Wranglers Cutoff trail. If you continue straight the trail eventually comes around and hooks back into Mary’s Loop. The trail is very easy to follow as there are no little unmarked trails branching off anywhere that I seen.
Once on the Wranglers Cutoff it’s a short quarter mile or less jaunt to Mary’s Loop once again. From this point on the trail gets a little more scenic I thought due to the fact that it followed along the cliff edge above Horse thief Bench and Rustlers Loop. There are great views of the Colorado River and the canyons of the Black Ridge Wilderness across the way.
The trial continues following the rim for about 1.5 miles until you come to the first intersection once again. From here you turn right and follow the trail back to your vehicle.
This is a pretty nice trail, I wish I had more time so I could have done the whole Wranglers Loop but maybe next time. I didn’t see much along the lines of wildlife except for some docile cows lounging around but I do know there are possibilities to see wild turkeys, deer, coyotes and of course rabbits.