Prime Cut

4.00 out of 5
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↑ 1,000 ft
↓ 1,000 ft
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Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
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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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (51 total check-ins)
  John Jackson   on Oct 3, 2019
  timborocksloud   on Aug 17, 2019
  Tr0gd0r   on May 26, 2019
  Tr0gd0r   on May 25, 2019
  Jwaugaman   on Mar 19, 2019
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Reviews (24)


January 16, 2019
Review: This is primarily used as a climb to some fun downhill lines at 18 roads. It's nothing special, but a good way to get to finer things.


November 27, 2017
GJmtb Gramcounter  
Review: Combined this with PBR, very nice.

World Champ

August 28, 2017
Review: Prime Cut is a trail with a wicked sense of humour! It's a climbing singletrack that is easy at the bottom and gets harder - much steeper - near the top! Apart from Kessel Run, (which is two way but you don't want to ride up it unless you're there at 5 in the morning!) Prime Cut is the only singletrack from the trailhead to the upper junctions. If you don't like it's humour, you can always ride up the road.

Granny Gear

May 27, 2014
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.


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


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


May 1, 2013
vbeckman74 Gnarly  
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


November 10, 2012
CFM Epic  
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.


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

Similar Trail: 18 Rd trails


August 26, 2012
wrestle203 Doubletrack  
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.

Prime Cut MTB Trail 4.00 out of 5 based on 24 ratings. 24 user reviews.
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