JEM Trail - TRAIL

JEM Trail - Trail, Virgin, Utah

This is the trail misnamed the "Gem Loop" in the Utah section of these reviews. It's half fire-road and half single-track (see review for details). I'm posting a review both here and under "Gem Loop."

User Reviews (8)

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rpalmer   Cross Country Rider [Jun 28, 2010]

I rode the JEM trail because it was on the way to Gooseberry Mesa and I'd heard it was a decent ride. I thought it was ok, but nothing to write home about. With Gooseberry Mesa right there, and Little Creek a short distance away and plenty of other fantastic rides in the vicinity, I can't recommend this trail. I started on the south end and rode to the northern end. I found nothing particularly technical or dangerous, and I never progressed from "cruising speed" to "fast". The scenery is interesting at first but it never changes. I finished my ride by taking the Hurrican Rim trail into Hurricane (also not recommended).

Customer Service

If you really want to ride the JEM, start at the southern end and ride one way (out and back would be a boring day, but in that case start on the North end so you can finish going downhill). You will see a sign directing you to well maintained parking area.

Similar Products Used: Gooseberry Mesa, Little Creek, Bearclaw Poppy/Stucky Springs, The Zen Trail
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2
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1
nomasendo   Cross Country Rider [Nov 06, 2006]

Nice change up from a couple days at Gooseberry Mesa. It didn't seem as fast on the gradual downhill as some others have claimed, though there are some fun sections. The best part is along the river gorge at the bottom. Great scenery.

Customer Service

Park at the bottom of the single track, ride up the road and down the single track.

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3
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3
Dennis R   Cross Country Rider [Sep 05, 2006]

This is a great cross country trail. The trail actually breaks down into three sections. First, you climb on a maintained dirt road. This is a moderately easy climb that has one small sand section that is easy to walk. Next, you arrive at the singletrack. This is a fast flowing singletrack that has a few suprises. There are a few small dropoffs, step ups and rock gardens to keep it interesting. Otherwise, the trail is blazingly fast. The last section is after the rock quarry. This singletrack has you riding along the Virgin River Gorge. There are several sections of real exposure. Good bike handling skills and balance are all you need to safely ride this section. The trail in non-technical and continues to be smooth flowing. If you do not want to ride this, take the dirt road at the quarry back to the start point.

Customer Service

Ride up the dirt road and down the singletrack.

Similar Products Used: Gooseberry Mesa is filled with slickrock and singletrack. This ride varies from easy on the dirt road to advanced on the south rim.
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5
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3
Dennis Romano   Cross Country Rider [Sep 04, 2006]

This trail is wonderful for those with basic skills and good balance. The trail breaks down into three sections in my mind. First, you have to climb the dirt road to the singletrack. I would rate this section as an easy climb with one sandy area. The next section is the top half of the singletrack. This is a great flowing ride. Mostly smooth with an a few drops, rocks step ups and small sections of rock gardens. The last section rides along the Virgin River Gorge. This is a low technial ride that has some small sections of exposure. Just walk these if necessary and press on. If you do not want to ride this last section take the road out instead.

Customer Service

I would recommend riding up the road and down the singletrack. Riding up the singletrack might cause problems to the riders coming down at 20 mph. or faster.

Similar Products Used: I highly recommend Gooseberry Mesa. It has slickrock and singletrack. There is also a fun dirt road for the less experienced. Make sure to ride the Practice Loop and God's Skateboard Park sections just to get used to the slickrock. Traction is unbelievable.
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5
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3
Ted   [May 30, 2001]

The J.E.M. trail is notable for its views of Zion National Park and the surrounding mountains and bluffs, and into the Virgin River canyon. I didn't find the trail itself that compelling--it's nice single-track but does not compare to the wonderful Thunder Mountain and Green Valley trails. It's not a must-ride if you're visiting the area, but you won't regret riding it either.

Be careful on the initial canyon descent on the single-track portion. I found it deceptively treacherous even after the initial switchback and almost wiped out. You're a long way from any help. Also, other sources are right to warn that one misstep on the portion along the Virgin River rim will be fatal. Ride conservatively there if you decide you're capable of riding that section in the first place. Bruce Grubbs's "Mountain Biking Utah's St. George/Cedar City Guide" (FalconGuide) suggests an alternative if you decide you're acrophobic or otherwise incapable of riding that section. I rode the singletrack along the rim (walking in a couple of places just to err on the side of caution) and didn't follow the other route.

Customer Service

I recommend following the directions in "Mountain Biking Utah's St. George/Cedar City" (FalconGuide), by Bruce Grubbs. His mileages are accurate. You'll need an odometer to find the singletrack portion of this trail; if you don't have one, you'll probably waste a lot of time searching for it.

Similar Products Used: Thunder Mountain, in Red Canyon near Bryce Canyon on Utah Hwy. 12 (fabulous); Green Valley Loop, St. George (a blast); Paradise Canyon, St. George (nice).
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3
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Ryan   [Sep 08, 2002]

This ride is cool, I recomend jumping on the Hurricane rim trail, it makes a bad ass ride.

Customer Service

As Stated.

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4
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KB   [Oct 23, 2002]

This is just a mostly flat not difficult desert ride with great views. You can go pretty fast too on the downhill part of it which is on the southern end. This is a great warm up ride or last day ride before making the drive home. Because of the singletrack I rate it higher not because of difficulty.

Customer Service

Started from the Virgin side off of highway to Zion. Rode just the singletrack out and back. You can start on the highway that goes from Hurricane to Arizona too using the Hurricane rim trail that looks like fun too.

Similar Products Used: Slickrock Swamp, and Gooseberry.
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4
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Kirk H.   [Nov 04, 2002]

Trail for us started right there at the edge of the cliffs along the Virgin river. To the West of parking area. Jump on and start riding. I made it a few peddles and did look down over the edge and thought wow be a little careful. The edge is a few feet away but a good one roll fall could be fateful. I just rode along and other than a couple spots that the trail gets really close to the edge it was just very scenic and a good trail. However with my wife behind me I was thinking boy I hope I haven't put her in over her head here. I thought it better to just ride slow and keep an eye on her. Just after the last little spot that was the closest the trail comes to the cliff (2 feet) I got a little nervous about her going by there. As well as thinking boy I am glad I rode that easily. Glad I had my confidence. She got through there and yes we may walk those couple spots next time just to be extra careful. She caught a loose rock and fell and rolled right after the cliff area ended. This got our attention to thinking wow that could have happened on the cliffs and we wouldn't be checking just a couple scrapes. After that little scare the rest was good single track slightly uphill. She was a little butt bruised and we rode back on the road. Everyne else there seemed to shuttle or ride the dirt road up and then just ride the single track downhill. I like the work then reward system better. I would ride up the single track and back down it next time. Maybe just being more aware and careful along the first cliff area.

Customer Service

Right at Highway marker 17 on the road to Zions. Then down across the bridge. Few hundred yards take the little dirt road to the right another couple hundred yards and park.

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4
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Puzman   [Feb 25, 2003]

Wonderful fast singletrack that has you swooping through the desert at crazy speeds. Incredible views of the Pine Mtn. Wilderness and Zion NP. Heartstopping exposure. Don't ride here if afraid of heights. There's a very good description/map at utahmountainbiking.com. Highly recommend bringing this trail guide with you. We rode up the doubletrack and down the singletrack. You'll gain about 800' elevation in 6.7miles on the doubletrack, then lose it all in 6.1 miles on the singletrack. You'll find yourself flying through the desert on beautiful sinuous singletrack at warp speeds, and for the last mile you'll find yourself moving along at a crawl and whimpering, because 1-2' on your left is a death drop into the Virgin River. DO NOT BIFF HERE. The trail is not technical, but the price for a fall is very high!

Customer Service

Up doubletrack, down singletrack

Similar Products Used: Gooseberry Mesa
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5
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tom   [Apr 01, 2003]

Great trail for checking out the desert vistas. Not very hard at all. In fact, the steep switch backs were not as dangerous as some people make them out to be. I'm an average biker and was able to ride down most of it. My wife walked her bike down and felt fine. You do get close to the edge of the Gorge at the end of the ride though. Over all I enjoyed the trail for the views and easy pace.

Customer Service

use print out from utahmountainbiking.com

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4
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