Is Eagle’s Wing the Most Underutilized Trail on Little Park? [PHOTOS]
A trail on Little Park Road in Grand Junction is starting to get its feelings hurt because hikers aren't utilizing it enough. Is Eagle's Wing the most overlooked trail on Little Park Road?
Technically, there are two segments of this trail, the upper and lower, which are incorporated into the network of trails on Little Park. The lower portion of Eagle's Wing sees its fair share of hikers, but the upper region near Free Lunch tends to fall off the radar.
The trail can be accessed via the Tabeguache trail or Lunch Line. Eagle Connector can be used to get you to the point where several trails converge at the bottom of Widow Maker Hill.
It's an excellent hike, accessible to any skill level. The terrain is fairly rocky, with plenty of loose rocks, so a degree of caution is needed. The grade is moderate, making it a great trail for dog walkers.
Reviews do vary, and some sites list the trail as advanced. That seems to be a little bit of an exaggeration.
Those who hike trails in the Winter will enjoy the fact the trail is fully exposed to sunlight, and has very little vegetation. As a result, snow and rain dissipate quickly, leaving the trail dry.
I'm a little embarrassed to say this, but... I've hiked Little Park since the 70s and have only now hiked the upper portion of Eagle's Wing.
In my defense, it's a little bit hidden. As you approach Free Lunch, the trail reserved for cyclists, or for that matter, advanced cyclists, you'll spot Eagle's Wing just off to the left.
Chances are you've probably walked part of Eagle's Wing at some point. Have you made the full loop, though? Next time you head out for a hike, set aside about two hours, and check out Eagle's Wing.