18 Road Beginner Loop: Prime Cut -> PBR

Fruita

This short beginner loop in the North Fruita Desert is not only very approachable, it's a heck of a lot of fun, too!

Mountain Biking Easy

Distance
6.9 km
Ascent
147 m
Descent
147 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.5 km
High Point
1.7 km
Gradient
18 Road Beginner Loop: Prime Cut -> PBR Map

This short beginner loop climbs up Prime Cut and Descends PBR (Pumps, Berms, and Rollers), creating a short loop that's very approachable for beginner riders. While this loop is very reasonable in distance, technical difficulty, and elevation gain, the descent down PBR is so much fun that it will have everyone begging for a second loop!

Description

Prime Cut is one of the most popular climbs at 18 Road, thanks to a moderate grade, great uphill flow, and its easy access from the main trailhead.

PBR is a directional beginner-level flow trail that turns off the top of Prime Cut, making for an easy-to-navigate loop. None of the pumps, berms, or rollers are very big or very difficult, but the swoop and flow of the trail coupled with the grade reversals of the rollers makes for a kinesthetically pleasing experience that riders of all ability levels will enjoy!

For advanced riders traveling at higher rates of speed, more options open up. What might appear to a beginner to be a roller with a descent following it can quickly turn into a gap step down for a fast-moving advanced rider. Simply pop the upper lip, gap the hump, and land on the downslope--golden!

18 Road's popularity is largely attributable to its beginner-friendly trails that beckon new riders and families with young kids. And yet, if the parents are advanced-level riders (for instance), other trails in the area will keep them entertained on solo rides. It's a winning formula!

Difficulty

Easy

Mostly smooth and non-technical singletrack with unavoidable obstacles 2in/5cm tall or less. Avoidable obstacles may be present. Ideal for beginner riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

February, March, April, May, September, October, November

Features

  • Flow

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