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    Is Vernal singletrack that good?

    Just read an article in Bike and it praised Vernal's trails. Is it legit? I am looking at heading to Sedona/Flagstaff or Fruita in June and was thinking about checking out this area. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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    It's worth a stop, for sure. I haven't read the article, so I can't comment on what it says, but it's stellar riding. Nice singletrack loops, all well built. Similar to what Fruita has to offer. Check out altitudecycles.com for the down low. Look up Jory or Troy at the shop when you're in town.

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    Just got back from only one day of riding there due to weather. We rode the McCoy Flats area, which was good. The trails in that area are similar to Fruita, maybe not as much flow and very few technical areas. Scenery is pretty good and there aren't any crowds/people at all.

    If I were to go back, I'd hit the Red Fleet Area and check out Jass (or Jazz?) / Chrome Molly and Rojo. One of the guys at OTE in Fruita compared these trails to Gooseberry type riding. We also heard that the Flume is a good trail.

    Like the previous poster said, talk to Troy at Altitude Cycles. He will set you up and has trail maps. PM me if you want more details.

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    Let's see some photos from trips to vernal, I wanna see more from what I saw in the magazine. If you've been out there and have some good shots of the trails I'd like to see them.

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    If what you like about Fruita is the low-tech, mellow singletrack at 18 Road, (think upper portions of Joe's Ridge, etc, not Kessel Run) you will love the Vernal stuff out by McCoy Flat corrals.

    We have a set from last spring (click the link for the full set or the photo for picture by picture):
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/916948...7604647165422/

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    Red Mountain is more fun, IMO, but probably just now melting out, and more of a shuttle than a loop (though there is a loop out there)

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    Hell For A Hotdog Trail In Vernal

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    I don't have any pics but can give an opinion. The trails are very well made and if you talk to the right people (Troy at Altitude) you can get anything you are looking for. There are some very technical trails that aren't listed on maps. Once again talk to someone at Altitude cycle.

    Lots of single track and you can link all kinds of trails together. No crowds and the best thing is the trails dry out very fast. You can ride in December and start up again in Feb.

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    Thanks for the pics Chuky, you and JMH always post good photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by illcomm33
    Just read an article in Bike and it praised Vernal's trails. Is it legit? I am looking at heading to Sedona/Flagstaff or Fruita in June and was thinking about checking out this area. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
    They seems to be a lot like Fruita's 18 Rd except maybe a little more loose and nowhere near as crowded. Maybe a little more rock thrown in.

    If you look in the pics here in my post, these are pics from the Rojo trail.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=346077

    This pic is from the top of the spine on More Hoes, a trail in the McCoy Flats area.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=444130

    In my post at the bottom of the thread here, is more of the McCoy Flat area. The spine is Hoes, the other is And Cookies.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=303034

    Here's more pics of Hoes and one looking down after the climb up Jackelope.

    http://www.f88me.com/showthread.php?t=2072
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    I grew up in Vernal so I know the area pretty well. I moved out of there in 1985 before the trails were built, but I know Troy Lupcho (owner of Altitude) very well and what he has down out there is great for the area. I rode out on McCoy Flats last week and the trails were in great shape and a great 1.5 hour ride. Even saw some antelope - so the price of admission was well worth it.

    Hat's off to Troy and his friends for building some great trails.

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    A few of us may be heading out this weekend. Shoot me a pm if you are going to be out there.

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    Just got back from Vernal. I only spend a couple days out there, but there was more worth exploring. I camped on McCoy Flats the first night, but it was very hot and buggy down there. I didn't ride there, it was VERY flat. From what I understand, this is where all the skinny singletrack is, so it sounds like a slow-rolling, technical area (hopefully the trails out there are technical).

    We rode the Dry Fork area. Started up the Sink Ridge Trail, one drainage over from the upper-upper Flume. This was stupid, too steep to climb and hard to follow the trail. A deteriorating trail and a thunderstorm made us turn around at what turned out to be about 1/2 mile from the dirt road. Coming down was awesome. Steep and technical. If a few log crossings can be taken out, this trail would flow nicely (downhill only though). The bottom of this trail is close to the middle trailhead for the Flume trail, so we continued down that. Awesome trail, not what I expected in the desert. It was almost completely riparian, especially farther down, thick vegetation on both sides of the trail. One river crossing that we had to balance on downed trees; I think usually the river is dry. I liked how the trail kept coming into the road at the bottom, you could go back and ride your favorite sections twice.

    I was impressed by the variety of terrain there. It's not just desert. Next time I'll explore the Red Fleet Area and maybe Elk Park. People who are blasting Vernal for being flat, boring desert have not seen all Vernal has to offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surly29
    Just got back from Vernal. I only spend a couple days out there, but there was more worth exploring. I camped on McCoy Flats the first night, but it was very hot and buggy down there. I didn't ride there, it was VERY flat. From what I understand, this is where all the skinny singletrack is, so it sounds like a slow-rolling, technical area (hopefully the trails out there are technical).
    The McCoy Flat trails are all loops that your average rider can complete in about an hour to hour and a half. Some trails are relatively flat. Jackelop has 1000 ft of climbing in the first 3 to 4 miles. More Hoes doesn't climb as much but it's got climbing. Serpindipity has almost all the climbing that Jackelope has but then turns off about a mile or so before the top.

    I wouldn't call the McCoy Flats slow rolling. This year it's very packed down and fast. You just gotta stay on the trails. Again, I'd say it's about as technical as Fruita's 18 rd system.

    The newer Springfield area in Vernal has more climbing but not as much rocks. It's newer and some of the trails need more riders on it to help define the trails.

    Red Mountain is 5 miles of technical climbing unless you shuttle it.
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    haven't made it to Vernal yet but I found this link. Looks fun as hell if you ask me, lots of info on the site too

    http://utahsingletrack.com/default.aspx

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    Troy is out of town for the Interbike conference. I am thinking about hitting Vernal from Park City on the way down to Moab. Should probably hit Fruita since it is super close to being on the way down the major route to Moab. I hope i can find the good technical all mountain riding in Vernal, camping too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Playdeep
    Troy is out of town for the Interbike conference. I am thinking about hitting Vernal from Park City on the way down to Moab. Should probably hit Fruita since it is super close to being on the way down the major route to Moab. I hope i can find the good technical all mountain riding in Vernal, camping too.
    I am headed for Moab from Boise this week. I rode Vernal and camped there in May. I was planning on leaving Boise Tues. 9/22 riding Gooseberry on Wed. But could just take the shortcut thru Vernal If you want a tour guide. I need to be in Moab Thursday afternoon to meet a buddy from Austin. Doing the Whole Enchilada shuttle Sat. with friends.
    Am I being kind?

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    Video of Vernal Trails

    Check out this vid of Vernal trails http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyI47fUxO6E

    There is a wide variety of trails in Vernal from easy fast and flowy single speed tails to Gooseberry Mesa type trails. The lower and upper Flume is technical the middle is easier. Rojo is very technical, More Hoes has technical sections. The rest of the trails are degrees easier. There are also two very technical (almost free ride) trails in Roosevelt only 30 minutes away (Carnage/Far Side and Cedars and Sidewalks. I live in Vernal and had a hand in building many of the trails. Let me know if you want more info, or better yet plan a trip out here and I'll go out with ya.

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    pics of a couple of my favorite trails in Verna... Flume and Rojo.
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    I thought they were pretty dang good when I rode with Ruinane in August. We did a big multi-loop out at McCoy flats and hit all the good stuff there one morning. It looks like I need to get back and sample the Red Fleet and Springfield areas as well as some of the off-the-charts stuff Traill Cruzer is talking about.

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