Kessel Run

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  4.2 from 48 votes
greenBlue  Easy/Intermediate from 11 votes
Rank: #5 in the 18 Road Trails area
#19 in CO, #53 Overall
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Trail in the area near Fruita,
“Fast & fun - see if you can make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs!”
Nick Wilder on Mar 31, 2013
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2.13.4 milesKilometers 0’0 m Ascent 5,490’1,673 m High 4% Avg Grade (2°)
Singletrack Type -440’-134 m Descent 5,051’1,539 m Low 8% Max Grade (5°)
Starting at the upper parking lot next to the campground, you'll start out riding through trees with gentle sweeps. It's a bit rocky with a couple of short steep sections and probably not a beginner run.

There are a few small drops and rollers, and some rocky sections that pop up and force most riders to hit the brakes, but everything can be bypassed or easily rolled over.

The trail gets progressively more and more banked and flowy as you descend. Near the end it gets smoother and faster, and advanced riders might flow aggressively through the sweeping turns with no brakes and a big grin.

This trail is very popular, and is a bit more rutted then others.

Several trails intersect this one, but they're all well marked. At the bottom you'll hit Western Zip; take a left and you'll be back at the parking lot in 2 minutes.
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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 Kessel Run
  4.3 from 3 votes
yeeee hawww! (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)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Kessel Run is as fast and fun as you want it to be. (Fruita, CO)
  3.5 from 2 votes
Several jump opportunities - or easily bypassed. (Fruita, CO)
  3.3 from 3 votes
AD making the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. (Fruita, CO)
  3.3 from 3 votes
Top of the Kessel Run (Fruita, CO)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Lean into it and let 'er rip! (Fruita, CO)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Heading back at sunset. (Fruita, CO)
  3.0 from 2 votes
Bottom of the Kessel Run gets very fast and flowy (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)
  2.5 from 2 votes
The Kessel Run goes down a faint creekbed, so there's a little more vege... (Fruita, CO)
  2.3 from 3 votes
Nice and flowy (Fruita, CO)