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This trail provides great views and some high altitude exposure riding in the 18 Road region.


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Map Key

10.1

Miles

16.3

KM

Singletrack

6,631' 2,021 m

High

5,473' 1,668 m

Low

1,686' 514 m

Up

907' 276 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Open 5/1 to 11/30.

Description

This trail can be ridden in either direction.

There are two access points off of Coal Creek Canyon / Edge Loop. The first (West) access starts with a grueling climb (read: hike). To bypass this climb, continue on the Edge Loop until you get to the second clearly marked trail access.

The ride has no sustained climbs, but does gain elevation east to west and drops west to east. There are no sustained steep climbs, but a number of punchy short climbs, tight turns, sandy washes, and areas of technical/rocky terrain. If riding from the east access on the Edge Loop, I recommend riding to the lookout before the extremely steep/loose descent (descending the grueling climb mentioned earlier) and flip it back west to east, finishing with a long descent down Coal Creek Canyon / Edge Loop.

If riding the Edge loop (clockwise), this offers a nice detour of singletrack (and, of course, that grueling climb).

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Shared By:

Josh Winer

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Initial climb out of the maw of the Sarlacc is a two-track reverting to singletrack and it's almost there.
Oct 24, 2016 near Fruita, CO
Epic views along Sarlacc. From the overlook at the west end the rest of the 18 Rd trail system can be seen.
Sep 19, 2016 near Fruita, CO
Trail east to west
Aug 27, 2017 near Fruita, CO
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Jun 10, 2022
RV Knight
wow, what a climb up to the singletrack on the west start. Rode early to avoid the heat. 22mi — 2h 30m
May 26, 2022
Benjamin Kaufmann
Oct 26, 2019
Ryan Wolffe
Parked near West gate & rode Edge Loop to East gate then rode Sarlacc East to West. Really liked this as we got to bomb the downhill to car instead. 15.8mi — 2h 15m
Jun 1, 2019
Phil Harrison
May 18, 2019
Corey Lamothe
May 18, 2019
Schuyler Peck
Oct 20, 2018
Jenn Mosier
Oct 13, 2018
Sarah Lewis
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