Nestled in the North Fruita Desert of Colorado, Kessel Run is a must-ride trail that offers two miles of pure biking bliss. With its smooth, flowy descents, and just enough technical bits to keep riders alert, this intermediate trail is ideal for both novice and experienced mountain bikers.
The trail starts from an upper parking lot next to a campground, inviting riders into a serene woodland setting with its initial gentle sweeps. It's worth mentioning that while the trail is a bit rocky and hosts a couple of steep sections, it's not exactly suitable for complete beginners.As riders navigate through small drops, rollers, and occasional rocky patches that demand cautious braking, the trail gradually gains momentum. Further down, banked and flowy sections of the trail offer an adrenaline boost that advanced riders will surely relish. A few commenters even claim it’s like riding a “bobsled track of dirt.” There's a certain rhythmic quality to the trail, encouraging riders to release the brakes and indulge in some high-speed swooping and twisting.
Kessel Run is part of a network that includes other popular trails such as Joe's Ridge and Prime Cut. Trails intersect, but signs are abundant and clear, avoiding any route confusion.Getting There:To reach the trailhead, take 17.5 Road from town to N 3/10 Road and make a right turn. After that, turn left on 18 Road and continue until the pavement ends. The dirt road leads you further 4.3 miles to the trailhead located on the left side.
According to trail-goers, Kessel Run is a versatile experience:
Several riders recommend combining Kessel Run with other trails like Joe's Ridge or Prime Cut for a more exhaustive and fulfilling day of riding.
For those looking for a trail that offers smooth, flowy, and fast descents with just the right amount of technicality, Kessel Run stands out as a fulfilling choice. Its two miles of well-designed trail invite riders to experience the essence of mountain biking in Fruita, Colorado. Just remember, it gets hot in the summer, so plan accordingly. Ride it once, and there's a good chance you’ll want to loop it again.