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    Fruita - 18 Road help

    When riding 18 road, which trails are best to go up to Zipity doo daa?

    Do you park at the 18 road lot?

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    Yes on the parking lot. Cross the road, drop down and pick up Prime Cut headed toward the cliffs. At Chutes and Ladders intersection, go left and cross the road again to Kessel Run, look for the fork and go right, crossing another road. This is Frontside. Ride Frontside and pass the obvious left at Joe's Ridge. Keep on riding and you'll come to a longish descent and then a short climb. Look for a sign and fork as you near the ledge. Zippity is the option to the left. Ride, rinse, repeat.
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    To add to DashRipRocks perfect directions( although you might not realize you crossed Kessel run), do it and then ride back and do another trail again. The trails around there are really short so more than one loop is usually on the menu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    To add to DashRipRocks perfect directions( although you might not realize you crossed Kessel run), do it and then ride back and do another trail again. The trails around there are really short so more than one loop is usually on the menu.
    And to add to lidarman's suggestion - mix it up when you climb back to the head of the valley... you can do the Kessel Run up as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    And to add to lidarman's suggestion - mix it up when you climb back to the head of the valley... you can do the Kessel Run up as well.
    I love that way to do Kessel Run.

    It takes 35 par-secs to do it in reverse though.

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    In my opinion it would be cool if people didn't climb Kessel. Its so fun to get your flow on it's just a disapointment to have to stop for uphillers. Probably one of the few trails I can say that about.

    Just my .02

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    Quote Originally Posted by TIMBERRR
    In my opinion it would be cool if people didn't climb Kessel. Its so fun to get your flow on it's just a disapointment to have to stop for uphillers. Probably one of the few trails I can say that about.

    Just my .02
    and one of the best parts about climbing Kessel run.

    Too bad you live in such an uncool world where things aren't just about you isn't it?

    I have had to yield to one rider while descending it while they were climbing it. So you hate it, just suck it up and go back and do another run.

    It's not an epidemic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    I love that way to do Kessel Run.

    It takes 35 par-secs to do it in reverse though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    and one of the best parts about climbing Kessel run.

    Too bad you live in such an uncool world where things aren't just about you isn't it?

    I have had to yield to one rider while descending it while they were climbing it. So you hate it, just suck it up and go back and do another run.

    It's not an epidemic.
    Maybe we should force everyone to climb on the road. 'Cause Prime Cut is a great trail to get your flow on too...


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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    I love that way to do Kessel Run.

    It takes 35 par-secs to do it in reverse though.
    Watch out for the swamp rats.
    Take the long cut, we'll get there eventually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Maybe we should force everyone to climb on the road. 'Cause Prime Cut is a great trail to get your flow on too...

    Yep.

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    New rule. Uphillers should yield to downhiller's only at 18road.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dash
    New rule. Uphillers should yield to downhiller's only at 18road.....
    I did this yesterday at 18rd on my way up Kessel. Then on the way down Kessel later, the same two fools made me stop for them on their way up.

    I hope they ran over cactus later.

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    You guys probably uphill Zip and joes ridge too. Oh the disapointment.

    x2 on Having all uphill traffic take the road. Great idea.


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    Here we go again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TIMBERRR
    You guys probably uphill Zip and joes ridge too. Oh the disapointment.

    x2 on Having all uphill traffic take the road. Great idea.


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    Quote Originally Posted by splitter_66
    I did this yesterday at 18rd on my way up Kessel. Then on the way down Kessel later, the same two fools made me stop for them on their way up.

    I hope they ran over cactus later.

    Where is the love?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    I love that way to do Kessel Run.

    It takes 35 par-secs to do it in reverse though.
    Isn't a par-sec a unit of linear measurement?



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    Try Western Zipity -> Zipity

    To actually answer 'jdcat's question...

    I prefer to do the whole Western Zipity / Zipity loop. IMO - it's pretty awesome to be way out on Western Zipity feeling like you're in the middle of nowhere on a very sweet flowing single track trail. The uphill is very gradual...until the last switch-back uphill section.

    If you don't have the Fruita Fat Tire guide - you can get a nice, free map and description here:

    http://www.gjmountainbiking.com/fruita/zipity.html

    The long-trending-uphill road (to the "Western Zipity cut-off") seems to go on for too long....but don't worry, the right turn onto the singletrack is unmistakeable.

    Give it a shot....very cool ride IMO.

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    I was with jdcat on this trip and we ended up going the way DashRipRock suggested. Then we did Kessel run a few times after that. Thanks for the advice on a good route. We had a blast and can't wait to get back out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firch
    I was with jdcat on this trip and we ended up going the way DashRipRock suggested. Then we did Kessel run a few times after that. Thanks for the advice on a good route. We had a blast and can't wait to get back out there.
    My pleasure, glad you had a rippin' ride. On my way out there for an afternoon session right now ...
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    jdcat,

    Latitude 40[SIZE="1"]TM[/SIZE] Furita/GJ map highly recommended! ...their best map.

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    To build on Firch...thanks again for the great advice. We followed the directions and got to the top of Zippidy no prob!!! 18 road is great....thanks again lidarman!

    J

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    Quote Originally Posted by TIMBERRR
    In my opinion it would be cool if people didn't climb Kessel. Its so fun to get your flow on it's just a disapointment to have to stop for uphillers. Probably one of the few trails I can say that about.

    Just my .02
    I don't really give a sh!t one way or the other what other people do, but I'd rather just fly up the dirt road and get more laps in while I am there (plus it is easier to drink a beer on the way up on the dirt road, instead of on the trail ).

    Damn, I really want to go ride Kessel Run right now .
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