Nestled in the adventurous terrains of Fruita, Colorado, Joe's Ridge offers a 3-mile ride that's brimming with fast, flowy, and challenging singletrack. Classified as an intermediate trail, this ride is part of the larger 18 Road trail system. Whether you're looking to experience the thrill of steep descents or revel in the picturesque ridge views, Joe's Ridge serves as an essential trail for any mountain biking enthusiast.
Starting at the upper parking lot off 18 Road, the trail begins with a gentle climb, soon morphing into a rewarding ridge ride. Steep anaerobic sections await riders, providing an exhilarating challenge that's characteristic of the area. With varying speeds, the trail contains just a handful of treacherous spots—so it's advisable to keep the brakes in check. Once you reach Mitchell Road, a short 0.2-mile road crossing leads you downhill to the Cow Pond intersection, concluding the ride.
The trailhead is accessible via a dirt road that runs for 4.3 miles off N 3/10 Road. For an added adventure, start from the lower parking lot, take Prime Cut to the top, and then enjoy Joe's Ridge on the descent. Many riders recommend combining Joe's Ridge with MoJoe for a fulfilling 18 Road experience.
The trail has received wide acclaim for its fun and fast-paced nature. "This was my favorite trail at 18 Roads," said one rider. Another noted that the ridgeline riding is particularly engaging for newcomers. Some advanced riders suggest linking Joe's Ridge with MoJoe for the ultimate experience.However, keep in mind that Joe's Ridge isn't for everyone. A few riders pointed out that the trail can be challenging in sections, especially for those uncomfortable with heights. As with any trail, conditions can vary, so it's advisable to check for washboard or ruts, as mentioned by a couple of riders.
Though not as steep as its neighboring trail Zippity Doo Dah or as flowy as Kessel Run, Joe's Ridge provides a balanced blend of speed and skill, making it an unmissable part of the Fruita biking experience. This 3-mile joyride is packed with breathtaking vistas, challenging inclines, and fast descents, promising a memorable outing for riders of all levels.