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Prime Cut

Intermediate
 3.7 (115)

An easy, enjoyable singletrack ascent to access all the downhill goods.


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2.1

Miles

3.5

KM

Singletrack

5,512' 1,680 m

High

5,078' 1,548 m

Low

435' 132 m

Up

10' 3 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Uphill traffic only on this one.

Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Nick Wilder with improvements by Andrew Courtney

Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 115 votes

#92

Overall
  3.7 from 115 votes
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#38

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#92

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Photos

A great overview of the 18 Rd. trails in Fruita.
Oct 9, 2013 near Fruita, CO
Ascending Chutes and Ladders just after the intersection with Prime Cut.
Oct 20, 2018 near Fruita, CO
Heading back to the top after PBR. Two mile trek uphill every time, thinking of a shuttle-ride.
Apr 6, 2016 near Fruita, CO
Chutes and Ladders |  SEPT 2017
Nov 10, 2018 near Fruita, CO
One of the fastest flowing trails at 18 road in Fruita, CO - Pumps, Bumps and Rollers. Look for the small bumps along the way that you can boost and turn into small doubles. So fun!!!
Aug 13, 2021 near Fruita, CO
Starting the climb up Prime Cut
Apr 10, 2013 near Fruita, CO

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Nov 25, 2022
Patrick Burns
Great climbing trail. Easy enough for the neophytes; natural enough to feel like real mountain biking.
Nov 12, 2022
D McLeish
Oct 9, 2022
Joe Carpenter
Oct 9, 2022
Joe Carpenter
Oct 8, 2022
Cody Teliczan
Sep 25, 2022
Atsuko Ohtake
Sep 24, 2022
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Sep 22, 2022
Lane Stephens