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Edge Loop

Average Rating:    (2.89 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 28

A LONG 30 mile loop. Begins on great singletrack (similar to Joe's Ridge), then drops you onto some jeep trails. You stay on the Jeep trails for approximately 14 miles until you have climbed about 3,800'. After this lengthy climb, you are rewarded with one of the best downhills in the state (nobody rides this trail, so you can let loose), which drops you into a creek bed. Stay on the dry creek bed until you reach a 30 foot drop. Now here's the cool part, you repel with your bike down this dried up waterfall. After the repel, it is basically a 10 mile roller coaster back to camp/parking lot. Do not ride this trail alone. Bring at least 3 other people with you, two help you repel. Also bring plenty of food and water. Have lunch at the repel, it is one of the few spots with cool breezy shade.
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Latitude
39.158889
Longitude
-108.728333
Trail Directions
Go to the bike shop in Fruita to get the trail map. You don't want to ride this trail without a map!
Trail Length
30 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Fruita
   


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Review Date
May 28, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ajdemo76 ,  Downhiller

Summary:
I did this ride after reading about it in the Fat Tire Fruita Trail Guide. Not as great as I thought it would be, but glad I did it once. For all of the climbing on the Jeep road, I was expecting more of a payoff coming down. Much of the single and double track is beat to all hell. Once you get up to the gas wells, I had to stop several times to make sure we were going the right way. The book said 3-5 hours, it took us 6. Figure in more time for map reading and a couple breaks. The downhill through the trees was fun, the steeper downhill sections were pretty loose when I did them. Riding the wash became frustating at times trying to get through it. You eventually hook up to singletrack off the wash but as soon as you get a fun flowing trail going, you go right back down and cross the wash again, killing all your speed. When you finally exit the wash, a few more ass kicker climbs when you need them the least. Going up or down on this trail, you're pretty much working it the whole time. No long, flowy descents on this one. Next time for a long ride in Fruita, I'd probably go for the Holy Grail.



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Review Date
September 28, 2009

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Tom R ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Wow, this trail is a JOKE! If you want to ride a long dirt road followed by two track gas roads and then rutted out, beat to death trails, go for it...
The whole system at 18 road is not much more than a BLM free for all. No maps, no maintenance, no water management and poor signage at best. It's a shame there are no local bike clubs working to keep these trails in decent shape. I've ridden far better on the front range, summit county, back east in New England and the 4 corners area. Phil's world alone is worth the drive to Cortez. Fruita truly wasn't worth the drive from the front range. I can't imagine that any long time rider would think this is good...



Comments
cobi (02/12/2010)
While I understand your disappointment at the Edge Loop I think some of your comments about the rest of 18rd are a little off base.

I rode them in 09 for the first time:
There are maps at the parking areas (not ones you can take with though).
I found each major trail junction well marked (a few here and there were busted). I really find it hard to believe that someone finds the signage lacking. Edge loop notwithstanding.
There are volunteers that do maintenance out there, I think mainly the crew from OTE. In fact my last ride out there in Oct (?) I noticed areas that had been recently fixed.
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Review Date
July 8, 2008

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: BikingBoy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Although I haven't ridden this for years, I can still recollect the day's ride very well and 'epic' is not how I would describe it.

It does have some redeeming qualities; a breathtaking view at the top and some fun singletrack towards the finish, but in comparision to the other 40+ trails I done throughout the years, this was quite overrated.

The drawn out climb up the boring double-track Coal Gulch Road was lame, dredging through the sandy creekbed blew, and the 'rappel' down the rockwall was more of an annoyance than it was fun. This trail takes a LONG time, get out there early and bring LOTS of water, esp. in the summer. There is little shade if any at all.

Recommended Route:
clockwise; Coal Gulch Road up and singletrack down

Other recommended trails in the same area:
virtually everything else in Fruita or the Loma exit (except this one)



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Review Date
May 21, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: illcomm33 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Why all the haters? This IMBA Epic is a good ride and worth the effort. It is a long climb on the dirt road, it is poorly marked, and riding through the riverbed is a little sandy and annoying. If you are looking for a good adventure with friends hit up this ride. The waterfall is cool and the singletrack is fun. In the end you get to ride for 4-5 hours in Fruita so what can you complain about? How many times can your ride Zippity or Moore fun without them being repetitive....the EDGE offers something new.

I probably won't ride this trail again but like I said...it is worth it for one ride. Don't let anyone talk you out of doing it.

Recommended Route:
Bring a guidebook and some friends. Keep an eye out for "markings" confirming you are on the right track. (the oil signs sometimes have an EDGE mark on them)
Bring water and lunch.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Anything in Fruita/Grand Junction.



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Review Date
August 30, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: BonkedAgain ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I think I have to side with the whiners on this one. The LONG road ride really blows. Yes, there are a couple miles of fun downhill, and the rappel is a unique experience, but the fun factor is not near high enough to justify the 5 hour commitment for this ride. How this ever got on the IMBA epic ride list is beyond me. If you want epic that involves mostly singletrack instead of mostly road then go somewhere else.

Recommended Route:
When you get to the bottom of the wash (a T intersection onto doubletrack) make sure you go uphill (right) a hundred yards or so to connect into the upper trail (the "Edge Connector") to Chutes and Ladders. Way better than riding the doubletrack back to the parking area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Just about everything in the area is good. If you want a long ride go down to the river and do the long loop (Mary's, Lion's, Troy Built, Mack Ridge, Moore Fun). That will give you plenty of miles of enjoyable singletrack. If you want to do something truly epic then Kokopelli's is about as epic as it gets.



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