The trail system most likely to be confused for a roller coaster ride. This trail is an incredible mix of ripping fast Singletrack, whoop-dee-doos and little jumps, even the climb up Prime Cut is fun.
It was early in the season so the infamous Edge Loop was snowed in and muddy so we stuck to the rides right off of road 18 and there was plenty of fun to be had. The Road 18 trails are fairly easy to ride and except for some steep downhill sections they are all rideable by intermediate riders. People who are uncertain on steep downhills should stay away from Zippity-do-dah and maybe Joe's. All of the trails have some short steep climbs mostly near the top.
We started a bit late in the afternoon because we had waited for the rest of the group thinking some of them were riding with us. Lighting was really strange on the trail and so the few pictures I took aren't great.
Rod at the beginning of the day on Chutes and Ladders.
Chutes starts out with some really cool tight twisty singletrack and a few short/ steep climbs. All of them are easily cleanable with the only difficulty being a few of them sneak up on you when you are in the wrong gear.
Unfortunately right at the beginning of the ride Rod had one of those wierd minor oopses, and his seat hit him right in the kidney bruising it and significantly slowing him down for the rest of the trip.
While the valley around Fruita looks like the perfect area to locate a land fill, the scenery near the Bookcliffs is pretty cool. Lots of small, stunted trees, hills, and cool views of the cliffs which are right above the trail.
Chutes and Ladders has a fairly short section that hugs the cliffs with flowing tight singletrack and then takes off into meadows. The Meadows portion of the ride is slightly downhill and since you have excellent lines of sight you can attain nearly supersonic speeds.
One of the more mundane portions of Chutes. It's only redeaming feature is the fact that you can ride it at 30+MPH.