ElevationAscent: 613' 187 m
Descent: -614' -187 m
High: 4,789' 1,460 m
Low: 4,627' 1,410 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
Popular rides nearby
Kokopelli Loops - Ridgeline Tour
16.4 mi 26.4 km • Loop • 1,997 ft Ascent 608.82 m Ascent
8.5 mi 13.7 km • Loop • 703 ft Ascent 214.27 m Ascent
The Edge Loop
29.1 mi 46.8 km • Loop • 3,132 ft Ascent 954.74 m Ascent
Desert RATS Classic 100k MTB
61.1 mi 98.4 km • Out and Back • 5,552 ft Ascent 1692.33 m Ascent
Lunch Loop Trails - Gunny Loop
12.1 mi 19.5 km • Point to Point • 1,362 ft Ascent 415.11 m Ascent
1.5 mi 2.5 km • Point to Point • 146 ft Ascent 44.63 m Ascent
“A fun, family-friendly singletrack experience and home of the annual 18 Hours of Fruita bike race.”— A Clark
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
Family Friendly Simple and fun trails with challenges suitable for beginner/intermediate riders. The park has alternative water-based activities to complete the day.
This route was ridden mostly as an out-and-back to double up on the experience and mileage. These trails can be made into a loop by connecting back to the Bookcliff campground and parking lot via the East Bluffs Loop crossing over the bridge at the eastern lake inlet on the eastern side of the system.
Need to Know
The famed 18 Hours of Fruita mountain bike race uses the main seven-mile course for their annual spring event so plan your trip accordingly. The campground is popular and often booked in advance, but they have walk-up sites as well, so go early to secure one. The area is open to day-use and has a fantastic grassy, shaded picnic area just off the beach for day-use visitors.
There is next to nothing in the way of food or beverage nearby other then a Conoco gas station closer to the highway, so plan to come prepared.
Rabbit Valley, Kokopelli and all the Fruita trails are very close by and easily accessible via bike or car.
This set of trails is mostly referred to as the 18 Hours of Fruita Course on the north and northwest portions and also utilizes the Blue Heron Marsh Trail and East Bluffs Loop trails to the east, south and southeast. It is not entirely clear where one ends and another begins but they all connect.
The trails here, while on lands mostly devoid of vegetation save for some sagebrush, prairie grasses, weeds and a few cottonwoods, are perfect as fun, non-technical, introductory-level, family singletrack riding. Yet the trails include enough twists and turns and berms that can add challenge to the seasoned rider that, when taken at higher speeds, offer ample opportunities to hone bike-handling skills on tight and alternating banked berms and loose corners.
There are over seven miles of trails here that ride well in both directions ranging from short steep climbs, twisting berms, gravel and dirt singletrack and doubletrack. There is more than enough to keep the young-ins challenged and happy and to scratch the parental itch to ride real trails.
The campground itself is full of big cottonwood trees that provide shade for the relentless CO sunshine, and the lake includes a swim beach that opens in May to wash the dust off your lil' dirt devils while you prep the bikes for a second lap in reverse direction!
History & Background
1800 11.8 Rd., Loma, CO 81524
Take the Loma exit from I-70, turning onto Highway 139 North. Travel 6 miles to Q Road, then turn left onto Q Road. At 11.8 Road, turn right and follow 11.8 Road to the Highline Lake State Park East Campground/Day-Use entrance. There are signs posted along the way.