Prime Cut

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  3.4 from 26 votes
greenBlue  Easy/Intermediate from 9 votes
Rank: #7 in the 18 Road Trails area
#242 in CO, #2,314 Overall
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Trail in the area near Fruita,
“An easy, enjoyable singletrack ascent to access all the downhill goods.”
Nick Wilder on Mar 29, 2013
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2.33.7 milesKilometers 447’136 m Ascent 5,524’1,684 m High 4% Avg Grade (2°)
Singletrack Type -12’-4 m Descent 5,077’1,547 m Low 11% Max Grade (6°)
Uphill traffic only on this one.
21:19 average time for 2.2 miles. Details

This is the primary singletrack to get from the lower parking lot to all the downhill trails such as Kessel Run, PBR, Chutes & Ladders, and Joe's Ridge. The real alternative is the road, which is a lot less fun and not much easier.

From the parking lot, cross the road and glide down the hill to a (usually) dried up pond. Head towards the hills passing a few intersections, following the good signs for Prime Cut. The trail climbs continuously through a wash, but never very steeply and it's generally easy. Near the top there are a couple rocks to watch out for, but this is a good introduction to the area.
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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 Prime Cut
  4.0 from 9 votes
A great overview of the 18 Rd. trails in Fruita. (Fruita, CO)
  3.0 from 4 votes
Starting the climb up Prime Cut (Fruita, CO)
  2.8 from 4 votes
Cruising along the top part of PBR before the real fun begins! (Fruita, CO)
  2.8 from 4 votes
Cruising up the mellow, twisty, desert climb. (Fruita, CO)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Climbing the relatively mellow Prime Cut trail. (Fruita, CO)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Prime Cut twists its way up, climbing gently alongside 18 Rd. (Fruita, CO)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Easy hills and smooth trail make this an easy climb. (Fruita, CO)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Some of the hills are a little steeper at the top of Prime Cut, but it's... (Fruita, CO)