Joe's Ridge

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  4.2 from 45 votes
blueBlack  Intermediate/Difficult from 12 votes
Rank: #3 in the 18 Road Trails area
#15 in CO, #45 Overall
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Apr 9 Green
Trail in the area near Fruita,
“A short but really sweet lead-in to the newer downhill flow trail, MoJoe.”
Michael Ahnemann on Mar 29, 2013
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1.93.0 milesKilometers 30’9 m Ascent 5,543’1,690 m High 5% Avg Grade (3°)
Singletrack Type -448’-137 m Descent 5,125’1,562 m Low 17% Max Grade (10°)
Joe's Ridge is accessed just off the 18 Road at the upper parking lot. It starts out as a mostly gentle climb, with one or two steeper anaerobic sections, characteristic of this area.

The trail soon climbs out to a ridge and descends. It's fast and flowy, and encourages you to let go of the brakes and let it roll. There are just a few spots that can bite you as the speeds increase, but it's mostly just a sweet section of trail. The views are great and there are more trees here compared to other trails.

Ride to the dirt road (Mitchell Road) and follow it for 0.2 miles until Joe's Ridge crosses the road and heads downhill. You'll cross the Kessel Run, and then the main road (18 Road), then finish with a short downhill to the Cow Pond intersection, just below the parking area. This lower section is smooth, fast, but a whole lot less interesting than the upper part.

A better option from Mitchell Road is to go straight across to the MoJoe trail to complete a loop back to the lower parking lot.
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4.5 (11)
A spectacular off-road journey from Fruita to Moab.
near Fruita, CO
4.5 (64)
The big tour of the very best of Fruita.
near Fruita, CO
4.3 (50)
A moderate climb on smooth singletrack leads to swooping hills and big grins.
near Fruita, CO

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PHOTOS of Joe's Ridge
  4.6 from 10 votes
Awesome sunset on Joe's Ridge (Fruita, CO)
  4.3 from 3 votes
There's plenty of fun and flow on the lower reaches of Joe's Ridge trail. (Fruita, CO)
  4.0 from 3 votes
The trail goes on forever! (Fruita, CO)
  4.0 from 3 votes
Joe's Ridge starts out on a beautiful... ridge. (Fruita, CO)
  4.0 from 3 votes
End of a great day = big grins. (Fruita, CO)
  4.0 from 2 votes
Upper Joe's Ridge... some of the most fun you can have on a mountain bike. (Fruita, CO)
  4.0 from 2 votes
Along the thin ridge line just before a fast and straight descent into t... (Fruita, CO)
  4.0 from 2 votes
Awesome scenery on Joe's Ridge (Fruita, CO)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Dropping the beautiful ridge on Joe's Ridge (Fruita, CO)