Frontside

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  3.4 from 13 votes
blueBlack  Intermediate/Difficult from 3 votes
Rank: #10 in the 18 Road Trails area
#588 in CO, #5,831 Overall
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Trail in the area near Fruita,
“Usually used as a connector, but a good trail on its own.”
Nick Wilder on Apr 1, 2013
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4.06.4 milesKilometers 328’100 m Ascent 5,572’1,698 m High 5% Avg Grade (3°)
Singletrack Type -614’-187 m Descent 5,236’1,596 m Low 20% Max Grade (11°)
Description
Most people use this to connect various other runs (especially on the Zippity Loop or Joe's Ridge), but its really a great trail by itself.

Starting at the upper parking lot, it heads through pleasant small hills and trees until Joe's Ridge departs on the left. The riding gets a bit harder for the next mile - you are up in the hills after all! After passing Zippity Do Da on the left, you'll have a very steep set of swtichbacks down into a wash. Beginners might want to walk this section.

The trail intersects Western Zippity, which is a great descent option back to the lower parking lot.

The last portion of Frontside is not ridden frequently unless tackling the Edge Loop - IMBA Epic. From the intersection with Western Zippity, the trail climbs slightly at first before diving into a steep descent that shoots you across the bottom of the mesa. From there, there’s one, kick-in-the-pants climb before rolling out to the road.
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PHOTOS of Frontside
  4.3 from 4 votes
Stunning Views and Desert Colors (Fruita, CO)
  4.0 from 4 votes
Beautiful riding once up on the ridge (Fruita, CO)
  3.8 from 4 votes
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  3.7 from 3 votes
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  3.3 from 3 votes
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  3.3 from 3 votes
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  3.3 from 4 votes
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  3.3 from 4 votes
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  3.0 from 4 votes
Frontside headed back down into a small canyon before climbing back out ... (Fruita, CO)
  3.0 from 3 votes
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