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Grand Junction, CO: Chutes and Ladders

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Distance: 5.5 miles


Scream down chutes, spin up ladders, and squeal like a little kid on this 5.5-mile loop of sick singletrack rollers near Fruita.
  • First Junction
  • Prime Cut Trail
  • Rocky Trail
  • Cruisy Singletrack
  • The Bookcliffs
  • Trail Views
  • Chutes and Ladders
  • Climbing
  • Singletrack

From the lower parking lot on 18 Road, ride east down the hill and hang a left to head north on Prime Cut, which climbs gradually up mostly hard-packed dirt to Chutes.

At mile 2, Chutes and Ladders veers right to the first “ladder.” First timers might not believe where the trail goes – straight up a ridge of dirt – but Chutes veterans know it’s just the beginning of the fun.

After winding around hairpin turns and up and over sick hills for about a mile, the trail turns south and leaves the juniper scrub to fly down wide-open fast singletrack and then even faster doubletrack (watch out for the free-roaming cows) back to the trailhead.

Difficulty: Hard. It’s tough to keep your wheels grounded on the climbs, and some of the descents require the belly-button-on-saddle technique (learn it well for Bookcliffs rides).

Mapped by the Backpacker Map Team

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