Chutes and Ladders

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7
miles

Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 1,000 ft
↓ 900 ft
5,087
elevation (ft)
6.9
avg mph
229
ridden
103
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1:45
avg time

Loop
AVERAGE RATING
4.00 out of 5
About This Trail
added by jeff World Champ on December 31, 2002
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Whoa! We hit this one on the way back from Moab and it was just what the doctor ordered. Smooth singletrack with very little effort required. The trail gradually makes its way up to the bookcliffs. At the cliffs, you'll see why this trail is called chutes and ladders. A few nice drops and switchbacks and then the very sweet ride back down the hill. The scenery may be sparse but the jumps and twists in the trail make up for it. There are tons of trails here where you would least expect them and they are well worth the trip.
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  BRM
on Jul 17, 2014
on Mar 21, 2013
  b1rdie
on Jul 13, 2011
on Dec 25, 2010
 
jimcummings on July 16, 2014
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Review: Like all the 18 Road Trails this one is fun from start to finish.

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Mac10Matt on November 19, 2013
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Review: Rode in mid-November and everything is in great shape on this section of 18 Road trails. I love the smooth climbs and obstacle array on this small section.

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delphinide on May 20, 2013
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Review: I had high expectations of this trail but it did not seem like that much fun at all compared to some of the other trails at 18 road and Kokopelli. It is undoubtedly a difficult trail with steep ups, but I though the chutes weren't worth the ladders...compared to say, Zippity Do Dah. The fast rolling meadow after the chutes/ladders were more enjoyable to me, even though that's not my cup o' tea normally. Bottom line: if you are at 18 road and want to ride 'everything', ride it. But if you have to chose, I personally think other trails like ZDD, PBR, and Mo Joes are more fun w/o the work.

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vbeckman74 on May 1, 2013
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Review: The initial climb is short and steep as Hell. Good luck. The rest of the trail has some good ups and downs. The last half is a fast descent to the parking lot.

Similar Trail: Frontside

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tcbroncs on August 20, 2012
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Review: The Ladders part of this ride is challenging with some good short steep climbs along the bookcliffs. The Chutes part will make you want to ride it again. Flowing smooth downhills that seem to last forever. Ride it then climb back up and hit PBR or Kessel Run

Similar Trail: Joe's Ridge

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david_darling on July 27, 2011
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Review: The namesake of this trail is so true. Lots of short STEEP bursts up followed by the most fun and fast and flowing singletrack ripfest in the system. Watch for the Edge Cutoff trail on the left. Ride this sweet little gem up a bit then turn around and rip back to jct with Chutes and back down. So fun.

Similar Trail: Frontside

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Shanet74 on July 6, 2011
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Review: Fun quick ride, that you can tie into others for a longer ride. The climbs are short, but can be tough. Felt like a roller coaster ride. Wish I had more time to do another loop. Thanks to those of you that maintain this trail system...well maintained.

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stillfat on June 11, 2011
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Review: The ladders climb pretty well because the dirt is super tacky. That said, they're still a challenge. A bit on the short side - I would have loved to keep riding similar terrain for at least a couple more miles. The meadow section was really pretty.

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cmack819 on June 4, 2011
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Review: A long subtle climb up Prime Cut leads to a series of ladders and chutes. Many of these ladders are intimidating and difficult. Dig deep, feel the burn and be sure to keep weight on that back tire. Although the steep ascents make you think "What the heck am I thinking" (especially on a Saturday morning if you were out the night before) I encourage you to stick with it, for what goes up, must come down... And the descent makes it all worth it. This is a quick ride that I would recommend to anyone visiting the Grand Valley area. If you aren't feeling the steep hills you will see as you approach Chute and Ladders, cut over to Joe's Ridge to the west, that trail also provides an interesting view and ride along the Bookcliffs.

Similar Trail: Zippety Doo Dah or Tabeguache Trail

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drlg on September 26, 2010
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Review: Over time, my climbing has improved to where I can now do all the climbs on Chutes & Ladders, so my rating of the trail has also improved the fun factor raises when you can clean the entire ride.

Similar Trail: Parts of Zion Curtain (Rabbit Valley) and Palisade Rim (Palisade)

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kpmeder on September 18, 2010
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Review: Good change up after Moab, but still a workout.

Similar Trail: Mima-Porter # 8 Capitol Forest. Olympia, WA

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PaulMiller on July 12, 2010
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Review: Great trail tough climb to the top. alot of fun after that

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grangerkersten on June 6, 2010
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Review: Great trail. The ladders are sometimes tough climbs, but the ride back is worth it.

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shane_anthony77 on June 1, 2009
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Review: Great trail!! The ladders are well worth the pay off you get at the end. For sure a no go when WET! I got stuck out there in a hail storm and lets just say it ended up badly. Great dirt otherwise. Very fast at the end with tight singletrack.

* Review edited 6/1/2009

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RideorDie on May 31, 2009
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Review: Great trail with plenty of buff single track. Do not ride when wet!!! turns into giant bog. It dries out quick - after about 1 -3 hours, so just wait it out.

Similar Trail: Kessel Run

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AK_Dan on October 31, 2008
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Review: Very fun. Even the ladders part, some hike-a-bike but all in all the first half of the trail is a fun challenge. Once the Chutes starts the speed begins- rode all the way to the corral and then back across the valley. Enjoyed it so much I did it twice that day.

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BjohnsonGJ on October 7, 2008
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Review: Short and Sweet! Smooth singletrack that flows. The trail gradually makes its way up to the bookcliffs. You will find a couple loose hills. The up and down is great with a couple tight switchbacks. great downhill back to the parking lot - Take Prime Cut for some fast fun through the Junipers

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steve32300 on September 29, 2008
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Review: Chute's and ladder's,,,,,any question's??This trail is really cool if you think about it.I would do this one last or whenever your legs and lungs are firing on all 8.(for me anyway,Im a clydesdale)This trail starts off with a brutal ladder climb that only get's steeper the higher you get.From there,you guessed it,chute's and ladder's until you get to the fun,fast,and furious rush of singletrack back to the lower parking lot.You really gotta give the name of this trail a chance to sink in because I feel that this trail really fit's into the big picture of 18 road,it's like an amusement park on a mountain bike up there and chute's and ladder's is a big part of that family of ride's at 18 road.

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jpk8888 on September 25, 2008
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Review: Honestly, this is my least favorite trail on the 18 Road system. Try Joe's Ridge or Zippity Do Dah, way better trails; faster, bigger drops, more jumps, and all around awesome!

Similar Trail: Joe's Ridge, Zippity Do Dah

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Beaker on April 8, 2008
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Review: The steep ups and downs are more of a hassle than anything but once you get to the downhill it all becomes worth it. A great very non-technical fun fast downhill down smooth as a baby's bottom singletrack.

Similar Trail: Zippety-Do-Da

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John Fisch on October 6, 2007
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Review: Wow--this one is big-time fun. Lots of fast/flowy singletrack mixed with short technical sections. There's a couple brutal climbs (short, but very steep--enought to put a burn on the quads). Be ready to dodge a few cowpies on the exit.

Similar Trail: Anything in Fruita

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raleighman91 on July 24, 2007
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Review: Saweeetttt trail love it so much so much fun to ride

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hp on May 31, 2007
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Review: A fun downhill. I did push my bike up much of the "Ladders" part but the downhill made up for that. Lots of work but great rewards. If you want something a little easier on the legs. Take the Vegetarian loop until it comes to the Chutes and ladders junction and then take some of the fun stuff back to the lot.

* Review edited 5/31/2007

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dauw on March 15, 2007
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Review: I really enjoyed this trail. Up and down and up and down, and then a screaming open run to the bottom and back to the lot. Bar hugging is needed on a climb or two.

Similar Trail: Zippety Doo Daa

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Rebus on January 29, 2007
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Review: I don't care what anyone else says, bring your A-game to this trail. I thought I could handle it, and it embarrassed me. This trail needs a "No Hardtails" sign at the beginning because it really smacks you around. You need to be on your game and have a bike that is up-to-snuff. I wasn't and didn't and paid the price. We rode clockwise, and coming down the switchbacks was very tough for me. I didn't have a good time.

* Review edited 1/29/2007

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Lancefan on December 1, 2006
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Review: The climb up and the ride back down are great, the middle portion isn't as special but it's still great. My favorite part of this trail is the ride back. It is just amazing.

* Review edited 4/30/2007

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Guest on December 12, 2005
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Review: This trail has remarkable erosion issues since the spring. Sandy top soil washed away, revealing hard-packed clay postholes left over from last winter's grazing. A mere shadow of the trail it once was.

Similar Trail: Anything on the West side of 18 Road has less cow damage.

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Siberian on May 31, 2005
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Review: The chutes and ladders part of this trail aren't really anything special. This trail really shines once you get away from the Book Cliffs out into the pastures - where the singletrack narrows and the speed increases. Since you can see for miles, you only have to watch out for the cows! If you go past the corral, hang a left up the doubletrack, you can pick up the singletrack a couple miles up on your left once again. This turns the trail into a big figure 8 and this leg of the trail (some call it Randy Superfly) is another blazing fast singletrack, which takes you all the way back to the lower parking lot! If it rained recently, the cows could ruin your fun by tearing the c*** out of the trail. Otherwise, super fast trail!

Similar Trail: Zippety Do Dah

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Guest on June 5, 2004
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Review: Great ride. I am originally from the east coast (VT and PA) and am used to lots and lots of rocks so this was a treat. Extremely smooth ride. There are many trails in the area and its right off of I-70 not too far from Grand Junction. A must for anyone passing through the area. Make sure you bring plenty of water as it is very dry out there.

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