Zippety Do Dah

   
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About This Trail
added by Siberian Gramcounter on May 29, 2005
 
On my first trip to Fruita, I managed to put tire to trail on most of the Book Cliffs area and a good portion of the trails down by Mary's Loop. By far, Zippety was my favorite because it offered a scenic ride along with some fun, technical, and frankly some scary sections that I just didnít find anywhere else I had ridden. If you get to do just one ride in the Book Cliffs area, I donít see how you could go wrong picking this one. Some may opt to do a shorter loop and not do the western leg of the ìformalî Zippety Loop by taking the road due north from the parking lot, then heading due west to catch the top of the roller coaster part of this trail. If you are pressed for time, this might not be a bad decisionÖalthough we chose to do the whole thing as described below.

The trail starts out from the lower parking lot and heads due west. After some fun ups and downs (1/4 mile or so), you will come to a T intersection which meets up with the main loop of this trail. If you look to your right you may seem some screaming bikers heading your way as they come off the downhill portion of Zippety. That will be you in an hour or so! Instead, take a left and begin a nice level portion of singletrack which dumps you onto the double track road. This service road is an easy, dusty, prelude to the rest of the singletrack.

You will eventually see the trail peel off to the right (north) from the road, as you begin a gentle uphill climb for a couple miles towards the cliffs. This portion is very scenic, and despite the upward trend, the trail is not technical or difficult at all. If you look to your right, you can see the hills which you will soon be exploring. Once you are near the cliffs, you will see the singletrack turn to the east, going downhill. This is a fast, fun section of trail which dumps you into a wash of sorts, and eventually leads to one of the steepest climbs you will probably ever experience! Once you walk your bike to the top, your ride will take a turn from fun to incredible.

You will soon find a sign for this trail, with an Experts Only sign to go along with it. Beginner riders would be advised to avoid this trail. While an intermediate rider could probably do this trail with no problem, there will definitely be points where walking will be necessary either to avoid falling off one side or the other, or to navigate super steep climbs, or perilous downhill sections. This is especially true for your first ride through here, as you will often be amazed at how the trail sticks to the side of the hills, or sits atop a narrow land bridge with steep banks on either side. While I wouldnít classify these cliffs as strictly life threatening (a la Portal Trail in Moab), you will get seriously hurt if you fall off in certain places. For at least your first loop, take your time and know your limits.

The best way to describe this trail is that it reminds you of a roller coaster. The only thing it is missing is the upside down loop! You will often approach a drop off and wonder where the trail goesÖbecause you have to literally get to the edge before you can see it drop down below you. As you watch you will see people bob up and down in the distance as they ride this coaster. There are about 2 miles of ups, downs, sideways trails, insane climbs, even crazier descents, and some super fast (perhaps dangerously fast) singletrack as you go from hill to hill. As you proceed to the south, the trail becomes more ìtypicalî and turns into a fast, gradual downhillÖwhich eventually meets back up at that T junction. This time you will take a left to head back to the carsÖor you can go straight to do another loop. The fun part of Zippety flows much better than similar ups and downs over at Chutes and Ladders, which is why I preferred this trail over that one.
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ez049 on May 19, 2014
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Review: very unique - its a bit like slick rock without the perfect traction. From a fun factor, i preferred PBR.

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pernicious on April 7, 2014
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Review: Technical sections can make one pucker up a bit, still tons of fun. You'll want a seat post dropper on sections of this trail. Views are phenomenal.

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bonkedagain on September 27, 2013
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Review: Funny, my review from 2005 seems to have gotten lost. So, I'll say it again: Great trail! I love the speed and the swoopy turns. Some of the steeps will give you a little pucker which gives it some excitement. Over the years some of the tougher obstacles were routed around, so it has gotten easier but is still a very fun ride.

Similar Trail: Joe's Ridge

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jkey6 on August 23, 2013
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Review: This is probably the most fun trail I've ever been on. Even though the technicality of it is not very high I would still rate it as an advanced trail because you really have to be in control of your bike the whole time. Drop off ledges on either side make for plenty of no-fuck-up zones. That being said, this trail is very fast and flowy and will undoubtedly take its place among your top five favorite runs. Keep in mind that this is located in the North Fruita Desert so it gets HOT in the summer.

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vbeckman74 on May 1, 2013
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Review: I think this is the hardest trail at 18 Roads. It is doable, but you may have to walk some of the extremely steep ups. The exposure on some of the trail is magnificent and will probably make you squeeze your breaks a little. Be mentally prepared for awesomeness.

Similar Trail: a harder Joe's Ridge

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delphinide on April 30, 2013
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Review: Minimal climbing and super fun downhills with lots of exposure and incredible desert scenery. One of my favorite trails of all time.

Similar Trail: any 18 road trail

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wrestle203 on August 29, 2012
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Review: ride up prime cut or shuttle to the top to get more rides in on Zippety. as of 8/22/12 the trail was a bit beat up. Some of the drops became a challenge do to the washboard and pot holes. Always a great ride.

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tcbroncs on August 20, 2012
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Review: Epic ride, but be prepared to climb in crazy spurts. The views are amazing and the exposure is unforgettable. I think the best way to ride this is just go for it, don't stop.

Similar Trail: Joe's Ridge

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mtbgreg1 on June 17, 2012
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Review: Amazing descent! The exposure, steep drops, and crazy awesome views are to die for.

* Review edited 6/17/2012

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jfigel76 on October 25, 2011
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Review: Best downhill of 18 Road. You can see the trail for miles. 2 Very steep parts that are fun, fast and smooth. A must to do in the area. Watch the videos, they are accurate. Pretty good climbs as well, not all downhill.

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mahanjoe@gmail.com on September 12, 2011
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Review: Super fun run with some great ridgeline descents and flowy tracks

Similar Trail: Abrams

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stillfat on June 11, 2011
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Review: The best of the 18 Road Trails. Big thrills, low skills (except for the gnarly, uphill switchback section). Combine it with some of the other fine singletack off 18 Road for a longer ride.* Review edited 6/11/2011

* Review edited 6/11/2011

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kuala_tahan on May 6, 2011
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Review: Awesome trail. Some super steep pitches, up and down, a few exposed sections (knife-edge style and one edge), really fast singletrack. If exposure or steepness concerns you (or others in group), not recommended. If you like fun, it's recommended.

* Review edited 10/15/2012

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sprodj on April 20, 2011
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Review: Awesome singletrack, probably one of the best I've ever ridden.

Similar Trail: Joe's Ridge at the Bookcliffs (one trail over!)

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Haebe04(WSC) on January 24, 2011
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Review: Really great single track with some technical downhills

Similar Trail: Fruita and Grand Junction trails

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tcbroncs on December 23, 2010
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Review: This trail definitely has the "Wow" factor. Steep climbs and even steeper downhills. I admit hiking a few times on this trail. Take the Western Zippity trail and you wont see too many other riders along the way to the top of Zippety. You have to try it at least once. I think Chutes and Ladders was more fun.

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drlg on September 26, 2010
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Review: Zippety is a really fun trail. It isn't the end-all, be-all, but not every trail can be. Skinny hogs back sections, fast downhill, tough uphill. Great trail.

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tlemons on July 20, 2010
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Review: If you're in Fruita this is a must! I'm smilin thinking about it. The steep flowy drop ins...it just a huge roller coster for you & your bike.

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PaulMiller on July 12, 2010
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Review: This trail is alot of fun!!! a long gradual climb to get up there then a roller coaster of fun. Not real technical as far as rocks or obstacles.The exposure will make up for that. Not straight down but close enough in spots to make you think if you go down you will tumble all the way. My 9 yr old son made all but the 2 big drops. He wanted to ride it over and over. Broke the frame on my bike on this trail so we had to call it quits after 1 loop.

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jpk8888 on June 21, 2010
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Review: This trial is great! For the Front Rangers, the 18 Road Trails are not techical climbs but super fun smooth and flowing. I personally would choose Fruita over the front range any day, way less people, way more single track, and plenty of technical climbs. Try the Tabaguache trail system, the Kokepelli Trail head (Moore fun, Lyons Loop) if you don't think Fruita has technical climbs.

Similar Trail: Joe's Ridge

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trlfrk on August 16, 2009
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Review: I just don't understand the excitement surrounding fruita. I guess I'm spoiled living in the front range. So many good trails (better trails) closer to home. I prefer really technical climbs. Obviously fruita is not technical, but I wasn't even impressed with the "wow" factor so many people mention in the other reviews. For you downhillers- probably a great trail. For technical uphillers/trial riders fruita is good to visit once. Not a bad ride, just not the best. In my humble opinion.

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shane_anthony77 on June 1, 2009
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Review: Awesome trail with some very sweet drops. There is a great section at the beginning of the trail after the first climb. Then a nice down hill section followed by a climb and then the fun starts. The rest well you need to ride it for yourself to understand, so for god sake get to Fruita!!!

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david_darling on May 7, 2009
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Review: There is a big WOW! factor going on here. Super fun, at times super hairy scary. Very appealing to the riders eye. Great at sunset. Those with fear of exposure or heights should avoid this trail, as cool as it is, walking sections of the trail do damage to the landscape and beauty of the narrowness of these and surrounding trails. A must do if in 18 Road. Yesterday I was almost knocked off the top of the trail before the start of the descent by a Golden Eagle. Startled, the bird flew off and its wings clipped my helmet. WOW!

Similar Trail: Joe's Ridge

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barc2703 on August 5, 2008
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Review: fun but not for the faint of heart

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El_Gecko on April 9, 2008
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Review: A very unique trail that at times hugs a ridge line leading down from the Book Cliffs. Lot of exposure, so if you are afraid of heights, you might want to avoid. Otherwise, it's the best trail of the many good choices at the Road 18 area.

Similar Trail: Joe's Ridge, also at Road 18.

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Beaker on April 8, 2008
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Review: This is Joe's Ridge on steroids! Basically the same ride just over a bigger, steeper ridgeline. The "pucker" factor can be a little high the first time you ride it but the trail is so smooth the speed is easy to negotitate.

Similar Trail: Joe's Ridge

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keithcath on October 28, 2007
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Review: Expect your heart rate to rise on this trail. There are several severely steep drops, and one extremely exposed section (plus some quite exposed bits). We rode down the Kessel trail from the campsite, and started the Zippity loop from the T at the bottom. Great, exhilarating ride. There are only a couple of really technically demanding bits - the rest is a matter of focusing on the trail and forgetting the drops.

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John Fisch on October 7, 2007
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Review: This trail runs from just plain fun to downright scary. It's not overly technical, so the fright is mostly mental. The big exposure combined with wicked (but smooth) steeps causes concern. Once you get over the mental hurdle, its all butter. Try Joe's Ridge first if you're not sure you can handle Zippity.

* Review edited 10/7/2007

Similar Trail: Anything in Fruita

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Lancefan on June 25, 2007
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Review: This is definitly one of the best trails I have ever ridden. The scenery is breathtaking and the trail is amazing. The up and downs here make Slickrock look like little hills. It is scary steep, bring your A-Game or you will go over the bars on the descents. Just an amazing must ride trail.

Similar Trail: Joes Ridge

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dauw on October 16, 2006
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Review: Seriously sweet trail. Great views and decents. I wish it were longer.

Similar Trail: Joe's Ridge

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mboire31 on May 25, 2006
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Review: This is one of my top three trails...what an exhilarating ride!!! If you like big drops you'll like this trail.

Similar Trail: Joe's Ridge

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petersbike on April 30, 2006
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Review: Awesome trail. Not as much flow as Joe's ridge but much more exillarating downhills. Keep the seat low on this one, so you can rub that tire.

Similar Trail: Joe's ridge.

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Rebus on December 20, 2005
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Review: Some flat out scarey sections if you have a lack of confidence. This trail will seriously test your skills and your guts.

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astroman on October 21, 2005
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Review: Some amazing scenery, and some wicked up and downhills. A little sketchy on some of the ridges but a sweet ride, good times.

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