Chutes and Ladders

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.00 out of 5
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Intermediate
7
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,000 ft
↓ 900 ft
5,087
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
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.
added by Jeff BarberWorld Champ December 31, 2002
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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July 16, 2014
 
Review: Like all the 18 Road Trails this one is fun from start to finish.

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November 19, 2013
 
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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May 20, 2013
 
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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May 1, 2013
 
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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August 20, 2012
 
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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July 27, 2011
 
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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July 6, 2011
 
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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June 11, 2011
 
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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June 4, 2011
 
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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September 26, 2010
 
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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Chutes and Ladders MTB Trail 4.00 out of 5 based on 29 ratings. 29 user reviews.
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