Vegetarian to Lower Chutes Loop

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  2.4 from 5 votes
green  Easy from 3 votes
Rank: #4 in the 18 Road Trails area
#303 in CO, #2,619 Overall
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Featured Ride in the area near Fruita,
“The easiest loop ride in the area. Fun for beginners and a good introduction.”
Nick Wilder on Mar 31, 2013
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4.87.7 milesKilometers 338’103 m Ascent 5,341’1,628 m High 3% Avg Grade (2°)
100% Singletrack -337’-103 m Descent 5,070’1,545 m Low 8% Max Grade (4°)
This is a nice loop ride for beginners. It's not nearly as good as most other trails in the area, but it's easy and predictable. It might be 4 stars for a beginner but only 2 for experienced riders.
Need To Know
This one is best done clockwise - up Vegetarian Loop and down Chutes & Ladders.
From the parking lot, head down the hill across the road to the Cow Pond 100 yards away, then continue east, up the side of the Cow Pond (most riders will turn north, towards the hills here). At the signed intersection on the far side of the pond, take Vegetarian Loop to the left.

Vegetarian Loop heads straight up a wash with a gentle incline almost the whole way. There is a short steeper climb near the end with a few rocks, but it's easily ridable by most. Advanced riders will find this stretch uninteresting: the scenery is not as good as other rides here, there are no features or even many turns.

You will come to Down Uppity near the end of the climb. Down Uppity is a very fun twisty intermediate trail, and a good option for a shortened ride back to the parking lot.

But this section continues just a short way until you meet Lower Chutes & Ladders. Take a right turn and the fun turns way up. Head downhill for a while until you get to an unsigned Y intersection. Going right is a shortcut to the Edge Loop and the parking lot. Go left to stay on this trail. About a mile later you'll come to a road and fence. Go on the road for 50' and look for the trail to veer off the right along a fence line. Follow the fence line on the west side until you hit Edge Loop. This stretch is fast and fun with banked turns, swoops, and no surprises.

Take a right on the Edge Loop back to the parking lot on VERY fast and flowy trail. There are a few fun wash crossings with steep ups and downs, so keep a lookout for them as you fly down the trail.
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PHOTOS of Vegetarian to Lower Chutes Loop
  4.0 from 10 votes
A great overview of the 18 Rd. trails in Fruita. (Fruita, CO)
  3.4 from 5 votes
A fun fast section to finish out the Edge Loop. (Fruita, CO)
  3.5 from 2 votes
Fast and gentle curves through the cow pasture (Fruita, CO)
  3.0 from 3 votes
The one long-ish climb on the Edge Loop (Fruita, CO)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Cruising along Down Uppity - mostly smooth, dry singletrack. (Fruita, CO)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Lower Chutes & Ladders is gentle and straight as it nears the bottom of ... (Fruita, CO)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Smooth sailing on this fast, smooth singletrack. (Fruita, CO)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Sweet singletrack as far as the eye can see! (Fruita, CO)