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Fraser West

Intermediate
 4.4 (27) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A mostly singletrack ride which combines two loops via the pleasant Chainsaw trail.


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19.0

Miles

30.7

KM

80%

Singletrack

9,530' 2,905 m

High

8,570' 2,612 m

Low

1,499' 457 m

Up

1,499' 457 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

This ride combines multiple trails into one longer, two-looped ride and is great for newbies who can handle a lot of mileage. There is a little bit of everything on this ride, from flat and flowing, to rocky near Saint Louis Creek, to fun climbs and descents through meadows and forests on the second half of the ride. Feel free to add-on or cut this ride short using the many trail options in the area.

Need to Know

There are many trails in the Fraser area and it is easy to get lost. Make sure to keep the MTB Project mobile app handy to ensure you stay on the right route. With the many spurs and escape routes, you can make the ride as long as you want, or easily cut it short.

Description

The ride starts in downtown Fraser at the Fraser Outdoor Activity Center, but could be started at other parking areas along the County Road 73. From Route 40, head north and take a left onto Eisenhower Drive. Follow the road across a set of railroad tracks, then turn left onto Carriage Rd and continue to the "T" intersection with CR 73.

This is where the fun starts. Leave the road and follow Givelo Trail which parallels the north side of CR 73. This fast singletrack is nice with good flow and minimal features. Make sure to watch for cars leaving driveways and spur roads.

After 2.3 miles, the trail splits; cross the road and get on the Creekside Trail. The bumpy singletrack follows Saint Louis Creek for three miles before reaching a dirt road. Take a left onto FS Road 159, and then take a quick left onto the Flume singletrack.

Continue on the Flume singletrack over roots and rocks for two miles. If you need a break, stop at the viewpoint of Saint Louis Creek and take in the awesome views of the Vasquez Range.

Veer right shortly after the viewpoint and onto Chainsaw. The Chainsaw singletrack gradually climbs through intermittent forest and sections of thinned trees. The trail tops out near a set of power lines. The Chainsaw turns left and descend to FS 158. The dirt road gradually ascends for a mile and then take a right onto Sunken Bridge/FS 886.2.

After another half a mile, take a right onto FS 159 and continue the dirt road climb up to the ridge top. From the ridge top, take a right onto the fun Zoom singletrack which gradually descends through a tight forest to the Chainsaw singletrack.

From the Chainsaw trail intersection, head back the way you came. Descend down the Chainsaw trail, enjoying the flowing trail and some fun, banked turns.

At the bottom of the descent, take a right onto the Creekside Trail. After crossing a bridge over Saint Louis Creek, veer left and continue on Creekside Trail to the CR 73 road crossing. Cross the road and hop on Givelo Trail and enjoy the quick, flowing fun back into the town of Fraser.

Contacts

Shared By:

Sarah Baker with improvements by Alexander Vogenthaler

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  4.4 from 27 votes

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Photos

Heading towards Elk Meadow Rd on Zoom
Jun 24, 2014 near Fraser, CO
Chainsaws indeed on this appropriately named trail.
Dec 22, 2015 near Fraser, CO
Through the trees at the beginning of Flume
Jun 24, 2014 near Fraser, CO
Full tour of the Fraser West system.
Jul 20, 2020 near Fraser, CO
Fun downhill!!  The Mrs laying it down in Fraser!
May 29, 2022 near Fraser, CO
Full descent of Iko
Jul 10, 2020 near Fraser, CO

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Jun 19, 2022
Amalia Mason
Oct 20, 2021
Jennifer Taylor
Sep 25, 2021
Peter Byrne
Aug 14, 2021
Kurt O
Aug 13, 2021
Kim Skim
10.1mi — 1h 24m
Jul 18, 2021
Lindsey Yarnell
Super fun! 11mi — 1h 51m
Jul 10, 2021
Ryan Witt
28mi — 3h 00m
Aug 6, 2020
Gary L