Edge Loop - Trail, Fruita, Colorado

Edge Loop - Trail, Fruita, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

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.

USER REVIEWS

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[May 28, 2011]
ajdemo76
Downhiller

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.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 28, 2009]
Tom R
Cross Country Rider

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...

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 08, 2008]
BikingBoy
Cross Country Rider

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.

Customer Service

clockwise; Coal Gulch Road up and singletrack down

Similar Products Used:

virtually everything else in Fruita or the Loma exit (except this one)

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 21, 2008]
illcomm33
Cross Country Rider

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used:

Anything in Fruita/Grand Junction.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 30, 2006]
BonkedAgain
Cross Country Rider

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.

Customer Service

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.

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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.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 26, 2005]
skifryk
Weekend Warrior

If it's raining, don't do it. Just continue west and find yourself in Moab. Riding the Slickrock trail in the rain is a blast. All of The Fruita /Loma/Mack area has alot of clay and you wind up destroying the trails and carrying your bike if it's wet. I learned the hard way a few years ago when I tacoed a rim on Joes Ridge during a rainy day. The clay sticks to shoes too! 3 days after the rain is plenty of time for the ride to dry out. The fun singletrack to the road is quickly forgotten once you hit the road. The 14 mile road up is a ride killer if you let it beat you, but if you find your pace, it tests how much energy you car save for the ride down and out(kinda like the how the first half of Porcupine Ridge used to be). The ride has alot of unique variety that can get to you if you let it, or you can enjoy the challenge. The brush in the wash gets overgrown and smacks you in the face and arms, you want to ride the waterfall but instead you drag your bike down the rocks, you curse the uphills that come out of nowhere on Chutes and Ladders when you think you're in the clear, and then you realize why you hate it so much... Because it's not like the other rides, and then you kinda start to like it. And then you remember what you could've done better had you known what was coming. So you've got to do it again because you know you could get more out of it. Don't go with anyone you're gonna have to wait more than a few minutes for at the top. Allow yourself to enjoy it. That's why you're biking. If you would rather buy a motorcycle than pedal up a mild hill for 14 miles, don't do it. Otherwise, have fun on this Colorado gem. The first time will take 5-6 hours. Last September we did it in 3. ENJOY!

Customer Service

Prime Cuts to the end of 18 road. Drop into Joe's Ridge. Take the first right and enjoy the ride until you roll out onto the road. Take a right and head up the road. It's all rights the rest of the way except for a left into the wash. Don't miss the right turn onto Chutes by the corral. Buy the Fruita Guide Book at Over the Edge Sports in Fruita. They know their stuff. Heck, they built all of it.

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Loma trails are all great also. Fruita is growing and you can link up for 60 miles of great stuff or 10 great short rides plus camping is free. If you're there, don't bother going any further (Mack/Rabbit Valley/Moab/Dewey Bridge) til next trip.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 17, 2005]
Animasboy
Cross Country Rider

A must do. Valid complaints about the road portion on the backside, but there is no traffic and it's an epic ride on scenery and climb by itself. Then there is the descent back to the frontside and the subsequent return to singletrack like of the type you just don't experience very often. This trail will blow your mind for every reason, both good and bad. I will add this to my must ride annually list with no reservations.

Customer Service

Clockwise is a must.

Similar Products Used:

There are none I CANT recommend in Fruita.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 23, 2004]
coloradobiker
Cross Country Rider

I've ridden this a few times. And each of the previous reviewers have valid points. There is a big climb, and there is 10+ miles of dirt road. It can be horrendous after a rain, as the bentonite clay totally clogs up the bike. But the front side sections are great, on a dry day the climb is a good challenge, and the descent to the waterfall portage is steep, fairly technical and fun. The views are pretty awesome from the top too. The portage, involving hauling your bike down a dried waterfall using a rope is pretty unique, and can be challenging if you ride on your own. The first time round, a map and basic navigation skills is pretty important, and some turns are easy to miss. But once you have ridden it once, its rideable in about 4 hours. If it has rained within a few days, then it can turn into a 7 hour epic as the dirt road section becomes unrideable due to the clay clogging up your bike. I've had to carry the bike for a couple of miles. So take note, as it wasn't as much fun that time. But if you know what this ride involves, are in good biking shape, I think its a good, enjoyable ride. Its definately worth riding at least once. Is it truely epic? Hmm, maybe-maybe not, but I can pick faults in other 'epic' rides too..

Customer Service

clockwise, i.e. up the dirt road, down the singletrack.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 17, 2003]
meph
Cross Country Rider

Please God let the pain end. Went to Fruita for "epic" rides and ended up doing this piece of crap. "Allegedly" a great 30 mile ride. The trail starts with 5 miles of average singletrack and then 14 miles, yes, FOURTEEN miles of dirt road, mostly with climbing. There is nothing worse than a long, grinding climb except having to do that long, grinding climb up a dirt road. After the uninspiring, non-technical climb you have a short 1-2 mile downhill (kind of fun) and then use some ropes to traverse down a rock face (easy, although you will scratch the crap out of your bike). Then comes the worst part--you must ride down a wash for a bunch of miles. Bushes, tons o' sand, and many unridable sections, we're talking a hike-a-bike for what seems like forever. Occasionally you can take a short section of 100-200 feet of trail to cut off part of the wash but, guess again, there you are, back wading in deep sand. Ironically, you end with tight, sweet singletrack. Unfortunately, this makes you even more bitter because you could have ridden this section of the trail (chutes and ladders) from the original trailhead going in the opposite direction without the god-forsaken climbs and wash rides. Take lots of water and about 8 hours of time (did I mention that the trail is very poorly marked?) because you have a good chance of getting lost at least once. I’ve done multiple 30+ mile rides and rate this at the very bottom. Go ride the Kokopelli trail, chutes and ladder trail, or pound a nail in your forehead, just NEVER, EVER take this trail.

Customer Service

The only way is clockwise because it's nearly impossible to go up the ropes section. Actully I don't recommend any route.

Similar Products Used:

Kokopelli is fun or take 1.5 hours extra drive time to Moab

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 29, 2003]
Dave
Cross Country Rider

This trail fits the description of epic. I did it with a big group (30+) from the Fruita Fat Tire Fest. The rolling Frontside trail is way fun, but the long, often steep dirt road climb up to the top is grueling and no fun at all. At the top is a challenging section where the trail gets washed out and descends steeply. Next comes the right turn into the sweet, rocky and very narrow downhill singletrack, which ends all too soon at the waterfall portage. Here we wasted a good hour portaging all the bikes and people down. It would be a lot faster with only a few people. After the portage comes a section through a sandy and rocky wash, which wasn't much fun. Then it's back on to the rolling hardpacked singletrack along the base of the cliffs back to the car, the last mile of which was wide open and into a headwind. We did the ride in 6 hours, but it could be done a bit faster with a smaller group. This ride has some fun parts, but it's not as technical as some of the trails on the south side of town. But, if you're in the mood to test your physical endurance level, this is your ride while in Fruita. Bring a map and LOTS of H2O.

Customer Service

Park at end of 18 Rd. Ride loop clockwise.

Similar Products Used:

Moore Fun, Horsethief, Handcuffs.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
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