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Western Rim (POS)

Average Rating:    (4.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

The guide lists this trail as 15-20 mile out and back (depending on starting location). However the trail continues beyond that and hooks up to a number of Jeep Roads as well. This mneans endless hours of exploration! Just bring lots of water and don't get lost.
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Latitude
39.187629
Longitude
-109.018928
Trail Directions
Go to Rabbit Valley Exit and head south at top of exit Ramp. Hop on trail #2. For more detailed description head to ye ole' Over The Edge and by the Fat Tire Guide. It isn't too expensive and portion of the proceeds go right back into trail work!
Trail Length
15-20 miles w/ options to extend further
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Fruita
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
November 26, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Alan Cardenas ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Starts off with some nice - flat and uphill - cross-country single and double track. Good test for cardio and legs in a few places. The trail crosses into Utah and eventually reaches a confusing trail junction. From there, you ride down a 1/2 mile of sandy road to the junction with the rim singletrack. From that point, you have 5-6 miles of great singletrack riding - offering spectacular canyon views overlooking the Colorado River. The singletrack eventually leaves the cliff edge to connect with an old wagon road. A right turn on this road eventually leads back to the confusing trail junction. The singletrack back is a mostly downhill rollercoaster ride back to the parking area. A great alternative to avoid the Loma crowds. One word of caution: I have ridden this trail with little or no traffic in early spring and late fall, but at other times have had the company of too many dirt bikes and the 4-wheel ATV family caravans on the wagon road. This is a favorite ride of mine I try to ride at least twice a year. A good test of cardio and fitness at the beginning of the biking season.

Recommended Route:
15 mile loop: From Rabbit Valley exit drive about 3 miles south to a parking area at the McDonald Creek Trailhead - near a large, Hershey Kiss-shaped rock. This startin point cuts off the singletrack from the highway, and eliminates one tough climb on the way out. From this trailhead, bike on the road across the wash and take first right onto a ATV/Motocross trail - which soon becomes singletrack. Ride over short hills into Utah and out to the mesa top trail junction. Take a short drop down to a sandy, dirt road which leads to a junction with the rim singletrack on the right. This can be hard to miss if you have never ridden the trail before.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Zion Curtain



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Review Date
October 29, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: drlg ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I have never had a problem with competing with ATV or moto traffic (never seen another biker either) so don't let that scare you away. Trail #2 potion is fast and fun. The Rim section is like Steve's Loop (Kokopelli trailhead) on steroids. Awesome views. Some downside with the doubletrack sections between Trail #2 and the Rim. Great way to get away from the Fruita or Tabegauche traffice (only 30 mintues from Grand Junction).



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Review Date
December 7, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Pat , from Grand Junction, CO

Summary:
Far less crowded than Fruita or Loma complexes but very fun. I did it as an out and back. Some great climbs and views. The longer you go the more difficult it gets it seemed to me. Only negative is that the trails get a lot of ATV and dirt bike action. There are a lot of cool trails in Rabbit Valley.

Recommended Route:
I-70 west to Rabbit Valley, south at exit 2 and hop on trail 2

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rabbit Valley trails 3-5, though 3 is very short. Mary's loop, horsethief, Steve's loop, rustlers, prime cut, chutes and ladders, and joe's ridge



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Review Date
May 28, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Butch , from Trumbull, CT

Summary:
I cannot believe that this trail is not any more popular (and maybe it's better this way), but after a week of morning and afternoon rides at Fruita and Moab, this trail stands out. Really!!
Great views, great terain, great rock ledges playground... I'll be back to this one whenever anywhere near the area!
I've given 5 stars to other trails and wish could distinguish this one with 6 stars.
(just make sure you get to the singletrack on the ridge.. which goes forever...) we missed it at first and added 3 miles of nasty rutted dirt bikes trail

Recommended Route:
From the Rabit area parking (along the #2)



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Review Date
May 18, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Khurrum , from Boulder

Summary:
Amazing amazing ride. This one was recommened to me by the people at the Fruita bike shop. They told me this one had the best views of all the 'canyon' rides nearby, and I was not dissapointed. Best part was that I rode this on a Saturday this May, and not a single other rider!? This is crazy because the Mack and Loma lots are always crowded. First part of this this is on trail#2 parallelling the Kokopelli. It's pretty torn up due to dirt bikes it seems. Some nice jumps though. After a while, it really smooths out, and when you get on the actual rim trail itself, complete zen. Best views I've seen of any trail in the area. Will do this one many more times to come. I did the 20 mile loop option; the sun was really starting to beat down on me during the stretch run, but still worth it. ~4 hour ride

Recommended Route:
Follow the Fruita Fat Tire Guide from Over the Edge Sports. It's basically Route#2 off the Rabbit Valley Kokopelli trail, until you hit the Western Rim.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Chutes, Joe's, Mary's w/Horsetheif Loop, etc, etc, etc...



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