Prime Cut

   
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3
miles

Intermediate

Singletrack
5.4
avg mph
194
ridden
26
wishlist
1:18
avg time

Out & Back
AVERAGE RATING
4.10 out of 5
About This Trail
added by Rebus Doubletrack on September 24, 2005
 
Sweet singletrack that you can ride as an out and back, or combine it with Joe\'s Ridge, Chutes and Ladders, or the Kessell Run. Ridden as an out and back, it\'s a good gradual climb that will get you warmed up for the long downhill run back to the jeep road. This trail has something for everyone: narrow flowing singletrack, some rocky steps, boulder crossings, and more.
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  Xman
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Claire Moore on May 27, 2014
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Review: Rode up Prime Cut which was a good warm up trail ascending ~120m. A dirt singletrack with a couple of short bouldery sections. One difficult bit up a boulder slab ~4 foot at 45 degrees but easily walkable. After 30 an hour arrive at the trail intersection to take either the two right paths or the short left link path to the top car park for two further trail options. Opportunity to see lots of small and brightly coloured lizards along the trail.

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AaronT on May 1, 2014
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Review: My least favorite thing to do in Fruita. Get a buddy and shuttle to the top.

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candyrapper on April 20, 2014
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Review: Much better than the rode ride to get to higher trail heads. Nicely made to make it seem like an effortless climb.

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vbeckman74 on May 1, 2013
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Review: Prime Cut is uphill only. If you don't want to ride the road, this is the best way to get to the top of 18 Roads Trails. You should do it at least once. It's pretty gradual and fast.

Similar Trail: Western Zippety

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CFM on November 10, 2012
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Review: There is no official designation as an uphill only trail but almost everyone uses it that way. It makes for a great alternative to climbing the road to get to the other trails in the area.

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kuala_tahan on October 15, 2012
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Review: Good little climb to get up to PBR, nice smooth singletrack

Similar Trail: 18 Rd trails

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wrestle203 on August 25, 2012
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Review: First time i rode this trail it was down hill and it was great, although some other riders did not approve. Now it is strickly an uphill to get to all the other trails.

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tcbroncs on August 20, 2012
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Review: Nothing special. This trail is just a climber that allows you to get off the road while accessing all the other amazing 18 Road trails.

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Greg Heil on June 17, 2012
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* Review edited 6/17/2012

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Greg Heil on June 17, 2012
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Review: This trail is a great way to climb up to the top of the trail system, and grab another trail to descend back down!

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jfigel76 on October 25, 2011
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Review: This trail is a great uphill to the trails in the area. Gradual climb up, tight single track. Most riders were going uphill on this trail.

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shane_anthony77 on June 1, 2009
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Review: Great trail. Usually used for the way up to the upper parking area for those that choose not to shuttle, but it is also a very fun ride down if it is a slow day on the trails. You can really get alot of speed on this trail.

* Review edited 6/1/2009

Similar Trail: Kessel Run

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RideorDie on May 31, 2009
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Review: Great trail! Tons of fun for all abilities. If the bottom parking lot is full on 18 road, then avoid going down - take Kessel run or Chutes and Ladders instead, but if your there in the middle of the weekday when traffic is slim - then taste the fruit and ride it both ways at least once. This is a REALLY fun trail.

Similar Trail: Kessel Run

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david_darling on May 7, 2009
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Review: Good clean fun. Most people will use this trail to ride up to Chutes, Kessell, Joe's, Frontside and Zip rather than riding up a flat boring washboard road. Amen. It is still worth every pedal stroke to turn around and hit it up with some speed. It's not a hard trail at all but those who love great singletrack will not be dissapointed with this original 18 Road gem.

Similar Trail: Kessell Run , Frontside

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John Fisch on October 12, 2007
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Review: This is the best way to make the uphill leg to Chutes and Ladders, Kessel Run, Joe's Ridge, or Zippity Doo Dah. It's entertaining and really the only viable singletrack up. I suspect it would be a rip-snortin' good time on the downhill, but I've never tried it that direction because 1. I'm always using it to get to a downhill on the other trails and 2. everybody else is using it to go uphill, so you'd spend all your time yielding to uphill riders, thus destroying your flow on the downhill. I think the big rock is a hoot--it's a real test of most peoples' self confidence. It's fun to watch the people who don't know it's there freak out when they turn the corner and see it.

Similar Trail: Anytihing in the 18 Road area.

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krystyly on August 21, 2007
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Review: If your gonna go uphill, this is the way to do it!! Yes, that boulder does suck, but after riding down Kessel run (by far the best way to go down), it feels like you've got a climb ahead of you, but riding Prime cut just feels like smooth cross country trail riding. Great way to start the day!!

Similar Trail: 18 Road Trails

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arnolda14 on June 5, 2007
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Review: WAHOO!!! This thing is just plain old freaking fun! It's not technical. It's not epic. Heck, it's not even all that scenic imho. But holy @#&Y$#*@&# it is just TOO FREAKIN' FUN! I don't know how else to put it. This is one of the most funnest trails I've ever ridden! I don't believe that it is physically possible to ride this trail without hooting and whooping. You just can't help yourself. You will shout and laugh out loud when you ride this.

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Lancefan on December 2, 2006
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Review: Great trail, flows nice, except for that huge boulder.

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dauw on October 16, 2006
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Review: Great combination of speed, flow, and jumps, with a techie or two inbetween.

Similar Trail: Kessel Run

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R3 on September 10, 2006
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Review: Awesome, fast flowing single track (if ridden backwards). One of the best connector trails I've ever ridden.

Similar Trail: All of the 18 road trails

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Rebus on December 20, 2005
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Review: We road from the lower trailhead up to the top and then came back down Joe's Ridge. We enjoyed this trail so much that we did another out-and-back on Prime Cut. We even came back the next day and did the same thing when our Western Rim epic fell apart. Prime Cut is a fast and fun trail that left me grinning and whoo-hoo'ing all the way. Man, I can't wait to go back to Fruita.

Similar Trail: An Bookcliffs trail

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Prime Cut MTB Trail 4.10 out of 5 based on 21 ratings. 21 user reviews.
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