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Grand Junction, CO: Chutes and Ladders

Scream down chutes, spin up ladders, and squeal like a little kid on this 5.5-mile loop of sick singletrack rollers near Fruita.

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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).
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To Trailhead

From Cherry St. and Aspen Ave. in Fruita, head east on Aspen Ave. In .1 mile, turn left onto Maple St. (becomes 17½ Rd.). In 3.6 miles, turn right onto N 3/10 Rd. In .5 mile, turn left onto 18 Rd. (becomes gravel road). Go 7.1 miles to lower trailhead parking on the left.

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