Virgin River Rim Trail - TRAIL

Virgin River Rim Trail - Trail, Brian Head, Utah

This is a trail head to trail head type of trail and is not a loop, but there are places along the trail where some other trails intersect and switchbacks can be ridden down to Navajo Lake, which is north of the trail. The altitude at the top is approximately 9,500', so riders need to be physically fit and acclimated to the altitude. Take plenty of water or you may find yourself in a dehydrated state due to riding at altitude. Just about all types of riding can be found from smooth dirt, rocky sections, roots, and severely steep switchbacks which may require hiking for some riders.

User Reviews (6)

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Ken   Weekend Warrior [Apr 13, 2013]

This is a fun trail. It has some great views, and the elevation can make it quite the aerobic effort.

I noticed somebody said something like "this area blows away Moab". I don't think so. However, this along with a couple of other trails near here (Brianhead) make it worthwhile to do if you live nearby or are visiting Zion NP.

This year I plan on riding this again in one direction and trail-running it back. That should make for a long day.

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Blazing Saddles   Cross Country Rider [Mar 04, 2011]

I live 750 miles from this trail but I usually ride it once a year, mostly in June. Turns out this is a little early most years because the snow lingers in the shady spots and last year there were an astounding number of deadfalls (mostly aspens) across the route. July or later is probably ideal, as long as the thunderstorms behave themselves.
Riding solo, I find lollipop routes to be most useful, starting from either the Lars fork road or the group campground trailhead up on the ridge at the north end (and much higher than the true north trailhead). Either of these rides includes plenty of overall climbing, tons of roaring downhill, well over 30 miles and great riding with plenty of shade to offset the sweaty work. Navajo lake is the loop in the middle of the ride and features easier riding than the Rim trail plus the chance to recharge at the resort (beer, ice cream, etc). I have holed up in a freak snowstorm there and been very thankful for hospitality and a hot cup of tea, and have also relished a cold one on a toasty warm day, so go prepared!
The riding surface has lots of lumpy little hunks of limestone to make the route slightly rough and unsettled feeling, but nothing to worry about. There's also plenty of smooth dirt and needles too. Water is rare, except at the campgrounds by the lake and a spring only several miles from the group campground. Only in one or two places is the ride too steep or too lumpy to ride, so walking is minimal. One place that comes to mind is the hill north of the Cascade Falls trailhead: it has several spots that will catch you off guard. The Spruces trail is a sweet little downhill into the lake and should not be missed. Once you hit the road, turn east and ride a half mile to the trail dropping sharply north off the road. That's the Navajo Lake trail about to introduce you to the joys of riding on lava, and yes, it can all be ridden.
Ride gently and make this beautiful trail a gem for generations!

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FAB 5'er   Cross Country Rider [Jul 12, 2009]

One of the best trails in UT, period.

Why limit yourself to St. George, when you can go 1hr North and experience something like this??

We did this with a 5 riders and it took us 4.5hrs (including 4 flat repairs). Most reviews sell you short on two things:
1) difficulty of the climbs
2) screaming downhill & beautiful scenery

I could easily do this trail once/month. Enjoy!

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skersfan   Cross Country Rider [Jun 23, 2005]

Sorry neglected to summarize.

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skersfan   Cross Country Rider [Jun 23, 2005]

One of the best trails and camping areas in Utah. Single track through giant stands of Aspen, Fir, Blue Spruce. Miles and miles of very good single track. Views of the rim that are breath taking. Near Navajo Lake, another great little trail. Camp at Teha on the west end of the lake. Altitude is up there no question the lake is at 8200 feet, and the trail up to 9500 I think. Still very rideable by flat landers for some reason. There are tough sections but overall a person that just rides weekends can do it.

Similar Products Used: Brian Head has a tremedous amount of trails. Lodging is reasonable. Try it you will like it. The area burries Moab.
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Jimbojoe   [Mar 04, 2002]

What a great trail for those foolhearty who love 500' steep climbs, fast decends, sharp switchbacks, and spectacular views at the top. If you have room, be sure and take a light weight point-and-shoot camera with a zoom lens for some spectacular shots of the Virgin River and Zion National Park in the distance. You will ride smooth dirt singletrack, rock sections, over some limited roots, and loose gravel areas on some of the downhill switchback sections. At the 11.2 mile mark (Cascade Falls Trail intersection) from Strawberry Point parking area, park your bike,lock it and do the approximate 1-hour to and from hike to Cascade Falls. You'll be glad you did. Have fun!!

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Expect lung burning climbs to the top and watch for trails that intersect the Virgin River Rim Trail which can take you down to Navajo Lake if you decide not to ride the full 33 miles. But, you will also need a shuttle vehicle parked at the dike (dam) at Navajo Lake. Dike trail will take you down to Navajo Lake. I didn't like the vehicle shuttling portion of the trail which caused some minor problems for some in our group, but otherwise the trail is a "must do" for altitude junkies. The trail deserves 5 stars, but I rated it 4 stars cause I don't particularly like long, lung burning climbs at my age.

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