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A short but really nice trail in the 18 Roads area.


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Map Key

1.9

Miles

3.0

KM

Point to Point

5,543' 1,690 m

High

5,125' 1,562 m

Low

30' 9 m

Up

448' 137 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

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This is a multi-use area and is very popular with bikers. Please stay alert and know right-of-way rules.

Description

Joe's Ridge is accessed just off the 18 Road at the upper parking lot. It starts out as a mostly gentle climb up Frontside Trail, with one or two steeper anaerobic sections, characteristic of this area.

The trail soon climbs out to a ridge and Joe's ridge descends off to the left. It's smooth and rolling trail, with some rocks and tight spots, but it's mostly just a sweet section of trail. The views are great and there are more trees here compared to other trails.

Hike to the dirt road (Mitchell Road) and follow it for 0.2 miles until Joe's Ridge crosses the road and heads downhill. You'll cross the Kessel Run, and then the main road (18 Road), then finish with a short downhill to the Cow Pond intersection, just below the parking area. This lower section is a whole lot less interesting than the upper part.

A better option from Mitchell Road is to go straight across to the MoJoe trail to complete a loop back to the lower parking lot.

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Shared By:

Michael Ahnemann

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Joe's Ridge is a flowing ribbon of smooth dirt with great views.
Sep 18, 2017 near Fruita, CO

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