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    Haven't been above Widowmaker for a while. Cross should be good with a couple damp sections.

    One route would be up Petekes or Eagle's Tail (up Petekes then down Tail and back up Petekes is a good option), then up to Widowmaker, where you can do Cross or check out Prenup and the higher stuff, then down Cross, then down Bucket, up Clunker, Miramonte Loop (I prefer clockwise), then Ali Loop, then up Coyote Ridge, down Raven's Ridge, down Kurt's to the trailhead. Alternatively, you could not go down Ravens, instead climb High Noon to Pucker.

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    Bucket had the worst mud of anything I've ridden in the past few weekends. Too many little north facing shaded spots.

    I have not gone above holy cross so I don't know but I suspect the higher you go, the worse it gets.

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    Last weekend, Holy Bucket had some bad sections of mud and these required walking. But inch-for-inch the worst was the section right after the Lemon Squeezer. It's sandy above the squeezer and that was fine but it's nasty bentonite right beneath it. This involves walking, out of the trail as much as possible, followed by a lot of cleat digging afterwards.

    Pet-e-Kes and Eagles were great.

    According to a friend, last weekend there was a long (at least 100yds) section on Gunny which is pure slop.

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    I think most stuff should be pretty good - it was rainy last Sunday, but it's been warm and sunny since. I'll get out tomorrow at lunch, at the lunch loops, but I usually only venture up as high as wafer rock on my lunch-hour and ride Holy Cross, Pucker-up, or some other combination of trails back down. I'll report back if I run into anything, but I'm anticipating premium goods!

    The only local riding areas I would avoid at this point (and they may be good, but doubtful....):
    Kokopelli
    -Troy Built
    -Lions Loop doubltrack
    -Moore Fun

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    -Edge (duh)
    -Doubletrack to Western Zippety

    Lunch Loops
    -Andy's
    -Miramonte Valley (not Rim)
    -Upper Eagles (maybe)

    Others:
    -Ribbon
    -Butterknife
    -Palisade Rim (almost entirely in the shade)

    No info on Rabbit Valley - it may be dry, but it'll likely be SOFT and slow if it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoahColorado View Post

    Lunch Loops
    -Andy's
    -Miramonte Valley (not Rim)
    -Upper Eagles (maybe)

    Others:
    -Ribbon
    -Butterknife
    -Palisade Rim (almost entirely in the shade)

    No info on Rabbit Valley - it may be dry, but it'll likely be SOFT and slow if it is.
    Miramonte valley/canyon was good last weekend - nearly bone dry and the one damp spot could be bypassed. Should be OK now.

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    Thanks for the intel everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitro1 View Post
    Thanks for the intel everyone!
    You headed west this weekend? I'm thinking about driving over tomorrow.
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    Hey! For Sure! Lets ride LL loops tomorrow. Meet at the lot around 11 am?

    Sounds like most everything is rideable below widow maker.

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    lunch loops today

    in case anyone want to know conditions.. rode clunker, miramonte rim, alley loop, coyote ridge and kirks lane down and not a single area of wet/mud. Was great. What a beautiful day

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    Looks like Fruita / GJ is getting hit with some snow. That's my fault, since I was planning a trip for next weekend.

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    Planning on hitting Fruita/GJ too this weekend....first time down and looking forward to it! Looks sunny all week....hopefully any moisture on the trails dries out! Seems like Free Lunch is the place to be for freeride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thor Lord of Thunder View Post
    Planning on hitting Fruita/GJ too this weekend....first time down and looking forward to it! Looks sunny all week....hopefully any moisture on the trails dries out! Seems like Free Lunch is the place to be for freeride?
    We got snow yesterday, it's still here as of 11:40am. Too early to say what shape the trails will be in next weekend. Should have been here on Saturday....it was like a perfect spring day.

    As for freeride, there isn't much. Trail/All-mountain bikes rule out here. Free lunch doesn't have any huge moves, and you gotta pedal to the top. Pucker-up has some fun jumps and small gaps - but like the other trails, big-bikes make it cumbersome. Both excellent trails, but leave your DH bike and full-face at home.
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    Good info....thanks. Just received a photo from a buddy passing through and it looks like you guys got a good cover of snow. Hope the sunny forecast burns it off!

    Planning on bringing a Bottlerocket and a Vagrant....really hope to get out there and check everything out.

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    Was in Fruita (18 Road) over the weekend, and pre-snow it was absolutely perfect (save for some soft conditions on Chutes and Ladders), but overall, the best conditions I've ever had out there. It was extremely tacky. Wish I could go again this weekend...the double track out to Western Zippity was also fine, no mud and dry.

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    Any of that snow melt off yesterday?

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    still wet, hopefully trails will be dry by friday, maybe saturday. you can check trail conditions on facebook here : Log In | Facebook

    or here: Log In | Facebook

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    So, ahh, anyone happen to find a Fox 15mm axle assembly at the Tabegueche parking lot recently? I think I left it on my bumper pulling out on Saturday. $90 for a freaking replacement skewer.

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    Wanted to bump this thread up! Wife & I have a hall pass from the 4yo this weekend, planned on leaving tomorrow afternoon from Fort Collins. She has never ridden Fruita, was planning on a Friday ride, then possibly Lunch Trails or Moab on Saturday? I've seen some wind in the Moab / GJ forecast. Would really love to hit Kokopelli / Marys / Horsethief, etc...! Any intel would be much appreciated!!

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    Got to assist in the escape from the 4 year old. Forecast actually looks good for GJ through the weekend. Lunch Loops are in good shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slope folk View Post
    Got to assist in the escape from the 4 year old. Forecast actually looks good for GJ through the weekend. Lunch Loops are in good shape.
    Sweet, thanks for the info! We have done lunch loops, fun stuff, this time I need to hit Free Lunch, missed that one last time

    Headed into town tomorrow night, time to ride!

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    Skewer recovered! $90 saved and I probably should have called my riding bud before posting here. Thanks Nitro! Next time don't steal my ****!

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    Rode kokopeli/ Mary's/horse thief bench/steves & Moore fun today, everything is dry dry dry! Only the shadiest areas on Moore had the smallest amount of snow, nothing wet, no mud. Get out & ride!!

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    GJ/Fruita conditions

    Saturday 2/25 rode Lunch Loop area (Pet-e-kes, Andy's, ribbon, holy cross, steve's, gunny etc)- all super dry/perfect conditions. Only a bit of snow on the trail approaching top of the ribbon. There is snow on the slabs but avoidable. The top will get muddy before it gets better, but it's not so bad and short.

    Sunday 2/26 kokepelli area trails- rustler, mary's, troy built, lions, mack ridge- just a couple tiny spot of snow in the heavy shaded areas of mack ridge- awesome conditions.

    I lost my topeak alien tool somewhere near the top of gunny- I heard a metallic sound and *knew* I should have stopped, but didn't notice anything amiss at the time...

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    Saturday 2/25 Lunch Loops, Various - primo
    Sunday 2/26 18rd, Prime, Chutes, Kessel - primo (chutes is bumpier than pirate's sack due to cows though)
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    The weather has turned to rain/snow. Better keep a close eye on this thread if you were planning a GJ/Fruita ride this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobi View Post
    The weather has turned to rain/snow. Better keep a close eye on this thread if you were planning a GJ/Fruita ride this weekend.
    Oh well, Steamboat it is! Just one of the tough choices and sacrifices we have to make in the great state of CO!!!

    Thanks for the update. I'll give it a couple more weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoahColorado View Post
    Saturday 2/25 Lunch Loops, Various - primo
    Sunday 2/26 18rd, Prime, Chutes, Kessel - primo (chutes is bumpier than pirate's sack due to cows though)
    Nice meeting ya out at Lunch Loops Saturday! I was with Matt from PUSH, was riding the black SC Butcher. Great day out there!

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    March madness

    What are some of the most XC'ish and flowy trails around Fruita / GJ? Looking for suggestions, would like to ride in March, weather, snow and mud permitting, along with some Moab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyBoy View Post
    What are some of the most XC'ish and flowy trails around Fruita / GJ? Looking for suggestions, would like to ride in March, weather, snow and mud permitting, along with some Moab.
    18rd (North Fruita desert) is probably the flowiest XC stuff. Prime cut, Joes Ridge, Zippity are grat! But there is plenty of stuff to ride on the XC bike at the Lunch Loops in GJ and also at the Kokopelli trails in Loma.

    Western Rim at Rabbit Valley is a good 19 mile trail that I highly recommend as well.

    Check the "Are you looking for trail suggestions?" sticky for some links and maybe that will help narrow it down.

    You can certainly ride our trails on about any bike, I ride 18rd on my rigid almost exclusively but have fun on my 6" bike as well. Lunch Loops and Loma I mostly ride the big bike but occasionally take the rigid to change it up.

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    Anybody get a ride in this weekend, heading that direction this weekend and want to know if we needed to keep driving to Moab. Thanks

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    rode kokepelli (or however its spelled) today. some spots of mud but otherwise rode great. heard 18rd and lunch loops were muddy.

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    I think we are supposed to be in the 50's most of the week. Everything probably has a good chance of drying out.

    FWIW I rode Sovereign in Moab Sunday and I was great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobi View Post
    FWIW I rode Sovereign in Moab Sunday and I was great!
    How was the trail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slope folk View Post
    How was the trail?
    Couldn't wipe the smile off my face. I have only ridden a few of the brand trails and 1/2 of slickrock trail (broke freehub) before. So this was my first time on Sov.

    Think I'm gonna have to try and hit Moab maybe once every other month now. So nice to ride something new (and still was home by lunch)!!!

    Edit: Haha, just caught my typo. But I WAS great......

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobi View Post
    Couldn't wipe the smile off my face. I have only ridden a few of the brand trails and 1/2 of slickrock trail (broke freehub) before. So this was my first time on Sov.

    Think I'm gonna have to try and hit Moab maybe once every other month now. So nice to ride something new (and still was home by lunch)!!!

    Edit: Haha, just caught my typo. But I WAS great......
    Next time you hit the brand trails make sure to ride the new sections Deadman's and the North Forty,which is brand new. Really liked the scenery on the North Forty.

    I am off to Rabbit Valley and Fruita for the next couple of days. In all the times I've gone to Fruita, I've yet to do Rabbit Valley.

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    With the warm weather we've been having, I'm hanging up the skis this weekend. Looks like it probably rained, or maybe even snowed on the western slope yesterday and it might again today/tonight as well? (Powderhorn got 2")

    Was thinking about making the trip out to GJ/Fruita this weekend. What areas/trails are likely to be dry/rideable by then?

    While I'm at it, I'm coming from Boulder, and planning on camping somewhere. Any campgrounds in the area open this time of year? Ideally BLM or other land where I can just set up my tent w/o any restrictions/payments. Water, bathrooms and other facilities aren't necessary. If you don't want the location immortalized on the interwebz, send a PM, and I'll keep my mouth shut.

    Also, anyone interested in getting out? I'm trying to rally the troops, but so far have yet to have rung up a single riding partner.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lindahl View Post
    With the warm weather we've been having, I'm hanging up the skis this weekend.
    Strong work! I hope more skiers follow suit.

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    I am off to Rabbit Valley and Fruita for the next couple of days. In all the times I've gone to Fruita, I've yet to do Rabbit Valley.
    I just hit up western rim again (it had been a while) and remembered that's a pretty fun trail. The way back has some fun sections to rally down. have fun!

    I was wondring if any of the shuttle runers have started their services at the luch loops. I was looking at going Saturday... anyone know?

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    Headed out there on Monday... time to break in the El Guapo.

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    Did the number 2 out to the Western Rim with the dog today, it was fantastic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lostonbase View Post
    Did the number 2 out to the Western Rim with the dog today, it was fantastic!
    Did you do the rim as well or just out to it and back? Trying to plan a ride out there, got a few friend who haven't done that yet. I've only done it once.

    PS - I definitely plan to check out more of the Brand Trails like north 40, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobi View Post
    Did you do the rim as well or just out to it and back? Trying to plan a ride out there, got a few friend who haven't done that yet. I've only done it once.

    PS - I definitely plan to check out more of the Brand Trails like north 40, etc.
    I only did part of the Rim, I got worried I wasn't going to have enough daylight so I only did about 5 miles on the Rim and turned back, I should of done the entire loop because I made it back to the car with plenty of time left, the dog had enough though.

    Today it's back to 18 road, probably camp there tonight and hit the lunch loops on the way home Saturday morning.

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    Looks like Little Park Road near the Gunniconnector, and higher, up towards the Ribbon is all on BLM land. I guess I'll just find dispersed camping along the road up there?

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    Awesome conditions! What a day at 18 road. Camping out and watching the sun go down over Joe's Ridge.

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    Howdy - I'm going to assume that things are still prime-time in Fruita/GJT?? Probably even better now with the warmer temps.

    Rabbit Valley look good?

    How busy is the camping on 18rd this time of year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drop the Seat View Post
    Howdy - I'm going to assume that things are still prime-time in Fruita/GJT?? Probably even better now with the warmer temps.

    Rabbit Valley look good?

    How busy is the camping on 18rd this time of year?
    It's busy. I usually get there on Thursday and by Friday I have a crowd sharing my camp fire. This Friday I had some cool guys from Durango and Professor from Boulder sharing my fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyBoy View Post
    What are some of the most XC'ish and flowy trails around Fruita / GJ? Looking for suggestions, would like to ride in March, weather, snow and mud permitting, along with some Moab.
    Westwater Mesa/ Overlook Trail out in the Rabbit Valley area is one of the best rides around in my opinion. It's around 20miles depending on your route choice. Usually only see maybe one or two other bikers the whole day and maybe one or two dirtbikers. Be prepared to be far away from your ride. The trail is sick though, lots of smooth fast sections along the overlook trail, then when you get to Westwater Mesa it's like 12 miles of Holy Cross type stuff with big rocks you ride up, all rideable pretty much. The best part is no one knows about the trail or they don't bother to go out there. Great views also.

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    I rode Rim Trail in Rabbit Valley on Saturday. Bad move. Way too many MX riders out there. Just got super annoying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drop the Seat View Post
    I rode Rim Trail in Rabbit Valley on Saturday. Bad move. Way too many MX riders out there. Just got super annoying.
    Moto is a weekend sport, so try to hit RV, Bangs or the airport desert during the week days.

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