Trail is Dusty
on 5/16/13 by delphinide
Avg Rating: (4.50 out of 5) 6 trail reviews
Difficulty: Advanced bike trail - Advanced
Length: 22 miles Global Rank: #6818
Tread: Singletrack Configuration: Out & Back
Ridden: 25 Wishlist: 0
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There are numerous ways to get to Frontside from the main parking TH. This route starts on Prime Cut which is directly across the TH parking entrance and gradually climbs for 2 miles on excellent singletrack. Stay to the left @ the Chutes & Ladders jct. and through the upper parking area to the first singletrack on your right. This is the initial climb to get to Joe's Ridge and Zippety Do Da. Awesome singletrack through pinyon and juniper trees along the "Frontside" of the Book Cliffs. Stay RIGHT at both Joe's and Zippety. The switchbacks coming up are probably the most technical section of the lower portion of this trail and then into an open area heading west. Western Zippety Trail is on your left, stay right and on up to Coal Gulch Rd. which is well maintained. Take this road approx. 2.1 miles to a "hidden jct." on your right at a bend in the road. Now the real climb begins 2.2 miles on mostly singletrack to an amazing viewpoint. Mileage to here is 11 miles. From here you retrack to Western Zippety for an easier, faster way back to the TH or back up the switchbacks to finish out on either Zippety Do Da, Joe's Ridge, Kessel Run or Prime Cut. For the super human, try Chutes & Ladders to end. Great trail with many options.

added by david_darling Gnarly on May 19, 2011

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Part of the 18 Road Trails trail system.

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vbeckman74 on May 1, 2013
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Review: This is usuallu used as access to the other trails, but it is very fun to ride by itself. Lots of ups and downs.

Similar Trail: Chutes and Ladders

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CFM on November 10, 2012
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Review: I only rode this trail to Western Zippety but found it to be a lot of fun. I was surprised at the steepness of the switchbacks and that the trail winds through the drainages at the bottom (something we could never get away with in the Midwest). Next time I will have to continue to the top for the views.

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John Fisch on October 9, 2012
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Review: This is a great climb and the scenery helps ease the pain. You can take it all the way to the top of the book cliffs or just far enough to access Zippity (one of my favorite routes).

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mtbgreg1 on June 17, 2012
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Review: Tough little trail to access some of the others... up at the top of the trail system. As always with 18 road, great views and great trails!

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jfigel76 on October 25, 2011
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Review: OTE Sports new trail. Just techy enough to make it great, no dabs, and no dismounts. Great connector to other trails. Well designed and well thought out.

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david_darling on May 19, 2011
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Review: Excellent singletrack along and up to the Book Cliffs. A fair amount of climbing to the view point is well rewarded with great views and a fun fast 5.5 mile descent to Western Zippety. From here you can choose which way you want to return to the TH. Many options.

Similar Trail: The Edge Loop

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