MTB Project Logo

Turkey Flats Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.9 (10) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great trail to escape the heat of the valley during the summer months.


Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

9.5

Miles

15.3

KM

70%

Singletrack

9,668' 2,947 m

High

8,872' 2,704 m

Low

1,161' 354 m

Up

1,163' 355 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Overview

About 70% singletrack connected with a short section on a Forest Service road and an ATV trail. There isn't much for views on the trail but the drive up gives you a great view to the west over the Uncompahgre to the canyons in Utah. The trail winds through aspen stands and thick pine and passes a reservoir in the middle of the ride.

Need to Know

Bring bug spray.

Description

This description is for doing the loop portion clockwise. Head down Turkey Flats Trail #661 and continue for around 1.4 miles where you'll come to a T intersection with the end of the Haypress Trail. Continue left on Turkey Flats Trail #661. The singletrack will dead end into a Forest Service Road. Turn right and continue down the main road (there are a couple lesser off-shoots) until you reach Fruita Reservoir #1. You'll actually see a sign on the road stating you are entering Fruita city limits. Go through the gate and follow the road down to the reservoir and hug the right shoreline (keep the water on your left). More singletrack trail will break off towards the far end of the reservoir. Take this trail (I believe it is just called Reservoir). This will take you up to the Ridge trail and the Black Pine trail. When you reach this intersection take the right down the ATV tracks of the Ridge trail. After around 1.5 miles the Haypress #662 trail will split off on the right. After bombing this mostly downhill section you'll come out into an open flat area and the T intersection you encountered earlier will come up shortly. Turn left to head back to your vehicle or continue straight if you want to do another loop.

Beginner and intermediate riders be warned: this trail has a lot of uphill on loose dirt with rocks and roots. It may be more difficult than you're expecting.

Contacts

Shared By:

Cindy D

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 10 votes

#1737

Overall
  3.9 from 10 votes
5 Star
20%
4 Star
50%
3 Star
30%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Recommended Route Rankings

#255

in Colorado

#1,737

Overall
253 Views Last Month
5,837 Since Oct 26, 2018
Intermediate/Difficult

0%
0%
71%
0%
29%
0%

Photos

Just near the beginning/end of the ride
Jul 27, 2018 near Redlands, CO
There is no official trailhead. You'll just see this sign on the left side of the road and a clearing for parking on the other side.
Jun 30, 2015 near Redlands, CO
The breakoff of the Haypress trail from the ATV Ridge trail
Jun 30, 2015 near Gateway, CO

0 Comments

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Update Conditions
Minor Issues 45 days ago See History
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

May 26, 2020
John Styrnol
9.5mi
Jul 1, 2019
Cal Lindberg
Aug 21, 2018
Eric Hall
Jul 7, 2018
Rojelio Chavez
Jun 22, 2018
Justin Gregorich
Fun. Tougher than I thought. 9.5mi
Jun 8, 2018
Cindy D
This is not an easy trail, lots of steep up and down with rocks, roots, loose dirt. 9mi — 2h 30m
Aug 25, 2017
David Merson
Awesome ride first time there. 9.7mi
Jul 4, 2017
Justin Krauss