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Fraser West

Intermediate

Trail

18.9 mile 30.4 kilometer point to point
80% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,548' 472 m
Descent: -1,547' -472 m
High: 9,550' 2,911 m
Low: 8,569' 2,612 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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

Sarah Baker

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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.

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Oct 2, 2019
Stacey Bouts
Sep 28, 2019
Jan Albicki
sweet ride, nice downhill from top climb 15mi
Sep 21, 2019
Ann Asche
Sep 14, 2019
Tim McCabe
Sep 12, 2019
Kenneth Valentine
Aug 5, 2018
Eric Smith
Slightly muddy in spots
Jul 31, 2018
David Maurer
Jul 27, 2018
David Maurer

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  4.5 from 17 votes

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Chainsaws indeed on this appropriately named trail.
Dec 22, 2015 near Fraser, CO
Heading towards Elk Meadow Rd on Zoom
Jun 24, 2014 near Fraser, CO
Through the trees at the beginning of Flume
Jun 24, 2014 near Fraser, CO
Fall is for great riding and aspen leaves blanketing the trail.
Nov 23, 2016 near Fraser, CO
Nice scenery on the Givelo Trail
Jun 24, 2014 near Fraser, CO
Fraser, CO.
Oct 21, 2018 near Fraser, CO

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