Day 9 : St George to Fruita (18rd trails - MTB ride)

 
 
 
 
 


  

Today I drove from St George to Fruita a distance of 376 miles which took me about 5.5. hrs to do. I decided not to cut up thunder mountain like I normally do so I could do a longer ride in Fruita when I got there.

Below are pictures of the king bed suite I had at the La Quinta Inn in St George. The Hotel was more busy than the last time I was here (screaming kids in pool), but apart from that it was very clean and comfortable.

St George to Fruita Road Map
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The drive to Fruita was uneventful and fairly boring, but at least the rental vehicle I had had satellite radio so I could listen to lots of different music without adverts.
I checked in at my Hotel and then drove over to the Book Cliff's I arrived at the 18rd car parking lot at 2pm, it looked like it had been raining here recently.
Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture I started my ride by riding up Prime Cut , the trail climbs up through meadows and then through juniper bushes to below the cliffs, the trail was much wider in places than the last time I'd visited - so much for keeping singletrack single... The trails were only damp in a couple of spots. Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture

Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture

Video Prime Cut - Video (32MB)

Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture

Front Side - Video (8MB)

I headed over to Joe's ridge a great trail which headed back down south along a ridge, with great downs as well as some short stiff climbs back up along the ridge.

Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture

start of joe's ridge - Video (15.5MB)

Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture

Heading down Joe's Ridge - Video (20MB)

Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture

 

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Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture
Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture
Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture At the end of Joe's ridge I cut across to Kessels Run and rode back up it. Although the trail heads up it rolls up and down enough to make the going easy.

Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture

Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture

Riding up Kessel Run - (12 MB)

Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture

Front side - (20MB)

I then rode the front side trail over to Zipity-Doo-Daa. The front side trail has some great narrow sections of trail high on mud banks as it goes round the base of the book cliffs.

 

Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture

 

Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture

Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture
I connected onto Zipity-Doo-Daa from the front side and rode down it, Zipity starts off at the top through the juniper tress and then goes up and down along a ridge

Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture

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Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture

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Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture Some of the downs are much steeper than the ones on Joe's Ridge. There was a group of riders behind me to be able to take pictures of them to give some perspective on the trail in my pictures. Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture
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Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture

Video (27MB)

Towards the bottom the trail levels out and heads back towards the 18 road parking area. I followed some other riders on the trail back to the car park.

Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture

Video (6MB)

From the 18 road parking Lot I rode straight back up 18 road and headed off on the Chutes and ladders trail.
Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture This trail has some very steep up hill sections (hike a bikes with tiered legs), and plenty of fun downs as well, from Chutes and ladders I headed down the Vegetarian loop trail which is a fun fast narrow trail which heads down through the grassy meadows. Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture

Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture

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Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture

Video (8MB)

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Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture Back at the SUV I got my lights out and then headed up backup to Joe's Ridge and had another run down that trail Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture
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Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture After Joe's I scooted back up the 18 road and then blasted down Kessels Run , which was great fun in the dark Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture
For my Last ride I headed back up the road and came back down Prime Cut. On the way back down I had to be careful not to run over toads. Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture Fruita 18rd mountain bike singletrack trails picture
Toad Toad Toad

Lightning

Back at the car in the distance I could see Lighting flashing in the distance

Bike I finished riding at about 22:30 , and headed into fruita and bought a American Classic Pizza from dominos, I then stopped off at the City market an bought some groceries before heading back to the La Quinta Inn in Fruita. Pizza
18rd MTB map
18 rd ride profile

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