Gooseberry Mesa - Trail, Hurricane, Utah

Gooseberry Mesa - Trail, Hurricane, Utah

DESCRIPTION

Intense desert wilderness riding. Slickrock, desert singletrack, trail winds near cliff edges with 1000' drop-offs- this area has it all. Not for amateurs. Bring plenty of H20 (you might want a H20 purifier, since there is some standing water in cattle holes). Try to score a good map- we had a shitty one, and got significantly lost. Keep in mind- this ain't Slickrock Trail; this is wilderness, so know what you're doing. Probably not a ride for the height of summer.

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[May 11, 2016]
devincigirl1
Weekend Warrior

Tried to beat the threatening rain, but missed, just at the wrong time: 2-3 trail signs have been ripped out, at least one right at its base. Along the North Rim/Bowls and Ledges and White Trail intersections.

Thank goodness we had the TrailForks app of the area to backtrack and figure out where the hell we were. This was our first trip out there. Shout out to IMBA and area trail keepers: the trail signs need significant work. The TF app was accurate for the vicinity - saved us from getting lost and hypothermic in what became a downpour.

If you haven't been out to the Mesa yet, stop by Over the Edge in Hurricane - they have current road conditions info. The road into the Mesa is the nerd filter, not the ride itself. The road is on clay and when wet, you can easily get stuck. Lots of great dispersed primitive and private camping in the trees near the North Rim TH.

With the rain coming down, we headed over to Cottonwood TH/Prospector/ChurchRocks trail - good alternate on a wet-ish day!

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Boy Scouts - don't let the name fool you - these are wicked technical trails.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[May 21, 2013]
mtnbikej
Cross Country Rider

5th time out was the charm. We get out there once every few years, and it's been several. Brought some friends out for new dirt/rock/trails.

The first thing I noticed is that the main White Trail head is much easier to find thanks to the signs, and that the dirt road is in great shape compare to how it used to be.

Looks as though they changed a couple of trail names. Cattle Grate seems to be renamed as part of South Rim.

Trail is easy to follow, but easy to lose if you lose track of the white dots. Forget how much fun the ups and downs are. The tight turns....the quick step ups. Definately not a fast flowy trail. Not a wide open trail. There is some nice exposure on South Rim while riding on the rim. Don't miss out on Hidden Canyon. Explored out this time and ride the Windmill Trail(clockwise). This was the closest to a normal XC trail there is on the Mesa. Really fun trail....will definately keep it on the map for next time.

Have been out there at the extreme end of the weater spectrum...44 degrees and 105 degrees. This time we were welcomed by thunderstorms and temps between 70-80....perfect.

You can do all the trails on the Mesa in an afternoon. There is not much elevation gain, but you will feel like you did 2x more riding than you actually did.

The 4 other times we have ridden out there seemed to be tougher. This time out I found all the climbs to be much easier....even running 1x9, I never thought I needed more gear.

I prefer to ride all the trails as out n backs....they are just as fun in either direction.

Everyone should experience Gooseberry at least once if not multiple times.

Customer Service

From White Trail head/Parking lot

South Rim to Point.....back to Hidden Canyon....cross White Trail to North Rim, right turn to Bowls and Ledges, left turn to Windwill Trail(clockwise), back to North Rim to Practice Loop....finish in White Trail.

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Goulds/JEM/Hurricane Rim loop

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 02, 2011]
John S.
Weekend Warrior

We road this area in late Sept 2011. It was the most fun we have had MT Biking. The best part was that there we no long climbs. Just short bursts of speed needed to attach an incline obstacle, then an appropriate downhill stretch. And the views were magnificent.

We drove up from Rockville on what the locals appropriately call “Cry Baby Hill”. My 4X4 F-250 did fine, but it was very bumpy and hard on the bikes. We returned south to the Highway (59). It was a bit longer back to our RV in Virgin, but worth the extra time.

Customer Service

There is something for everyone. We did most of the trails and found a few to be a little over the top and walked a good portion of Bowls and Ledges. The Practice Loop and the Windmill trails were a blast. As an earlier comment suggested, take plenty of water. It was full sun by 9AM and we left about 11:30. We were told the white dots were the only markings. They were there as promised, but there are also BLM trail signs that named the trails and stated the level of difficulty.

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The J.E.M trail is also a blast. But not near as diverse as the Goose.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 14, 2011]
abegold
Cross Country Rider

The most fun I've ever had on a bicycle. Don't miss Yellow Trail, South Rim, Hidden Canyon, Bowls and Ledges.
There is a radical downhill off the mesa, Grafton Mesa trail.
There is a bathroom on the mesa and trail maps at trailheads, junctions have markings. Bring your camera.

Customer Service

Start at trailhead taking north rim west to point then return via Yellow Trail, South Rim to Hidden Canyon both ways and continue on South Rim east to the trailhead. There is a seperate trailhead for the Windmill Trail which leads to the North Rim Trail. Easier riding but big cliffs, then head into Bowls and Ledges.

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Save a day for sweet Little Creek Mountain. Hard to find.
Slickrock Swamp is tasty. Zen Trail, by St George is even tougher than Goose but a great tech climbing challenge.
Grafton Mesa, JEM, Guacamole.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 29, 2009]
Nige
Weekend Warrior

Zion cycles (excellent rentals) in Springdale recommended this trail to me. Its a 40 min drive over bumpy dirt track to get to it, but well worth the effort. It took me around 4 hours to ride 90 % of the trails, starting with the south rim route to the point returning on the north rim, incluiding yellow trail and bowls and ledges. In hind sight I would have rversed the route.

The trail is amazing and very technical in parts but accessable and doable for most riders of moderate ability. Apart from the severe drops off the rims, the trail itself has been well laid out with white dots that you follow, although at times its easy to take a wrong turning. Where the trail gets a bit hectic stone ramps have been placed to ease the transition.

Great ride and fully recommended !

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 04, 2008]
ejasonm
Cross Country Rider

I thought this trail was incredible. I travel around the country for work and had the opportunity to check Gooseberry out and it was totally worth it. I had to ride it myself and i did take a crash to my chin, but that didn't stop me from riding for another hour. If you do go in the summer, go early.

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The only other ride i got to do was Thunder Mountain by bryce.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 08, 2007]
SEA_MTBR
Weekend Warrior

I have ridden all over the US and many areas in BC Canada. My all time favorite trail. Well worth the drive. Not too long, not to technical. A great, unique ride. An amuzement park for your bike. If you fly into Los Vegas, skip blue diamond and make the drive to hurricane. FUN FUN FUN.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Nov 01, 2006]
nomasendo
Cross Country Rider

The Gooseberry trails are mesmerizing. The tight turns, rolling terrain and one technical section after another make this mountain bike wonderland. Don't try talking to your buddy while you're riding or you will be off the trail in an instant -- just follow the white dots and you'll reach nirvana. If you do a long ride the slickrock will kick your ass eventually.

As long as the road is dry it's totally doable with a sedan. My '05 VW GTI made it no problem without bottoming out.

We visited the last week in Oct. Great camping on the mesa there are established sites with fire rings on the edge of the mesa on the way to the TH. Bring your own water.

Customer Service

Just follow the white dots. A topo trail map could be useful, though not really needed.

Similar Products Used:

JEM, Bearclaw Poppy

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 18, 2006]
Reposado Man
Cross Country Rider

A buddy and I rode Gooseberry on our way out to Moab. After riding Moab for a few days, we were itching to ride more diverse terrain, so we went back out to Goose. Incredible views and riding.

Fairly technical riding, with no big climbs to speak of. Lots of rolling hills, short burst climbs, sharp turns. If you're unfamiliar with the trail, you generally won't have more than 12 feet's worth of vision ahead of you. First timers should head out to The Point, the vista is amazing.

A 4WD to take you to the trailhead is highly recommended. We took my Accord up the dirt road, which was fine on a dry day. But we got caught in a thundershower and the road deteriorated badly in a matter of hours. Thick, slippery peanut-butter mud. Making it out to the road in one piece was my driving accomplishment of a lifetime.

The Chevron on the highway before the turnoff has excellent trailmaps available, highly recommended.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 28, 2006]
bariumai
Cross Country Rider

Ridden twice. I'm a beginner, but I guess I caught on really quickly. I can't imagine a better trail. Fast single track, slickrock playgrounds, incredible views, it has everything. The only thing it's really missing is the really sketchy, steep descents with loose rocks covering the trail, but that's a very good thing. I was able to learn a whole lot of techniques and skills, and my advanced friends call it heaven. I haven't been to too many other places, but I tend to agree.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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