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Gooseberry
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If you are new to St. George riding, Gooseberry Mesa is a must. This is our signature trail and is worth a trip to Southern Utah in and of itself. The trail is technical and will give you a good upper body workout. We recommend you start on the Practice Loop for your first ride and then fan out from there depending on your comfort level. The scenery is spectacular and the trail is top notch.

Getting there...

From St. George, head north on I-15. Take the Hurricane Exit 16 and the follow Highway 9 toward Hurricane. Once in Hurricane you can follow the signs toward Kanab/Lake Powell. This will follow State St. through Hurricane to Main St where you will turn right. Go one block and turn left on 100 South. 100 South will turn into Highway 59 and take you up the mesa. Stay on Highway 59, past Apple Valley and the Little Creek Station. On your right you will see a big sign indicating the turn off for Gooseberry Mesa, go left at the sign. Follow the signs on this dirt road to the trail head.

Riding the trail...

As mentioned above, if you haven't ridden the trail before, we recommend that you try the Practice Loop first and then judge your comfort level. Traditionally the trail is ridden South Rim to the Point and then down the North Rim. However, there are multiple variations that can be done and you will find that riding the trail in reverse will make it seem like an entirely new experience

To ride the traditional loop from the White Trailhead head out onto the singletrack.:

2.7 Miles follow dirt road

2.8 Miles left onto singletrack

5.7 Miles road go right

6.4 Miles North Rim go left

7.6 Miles left to stay on North Rim

8.25 Miles go right

8.5 Miles left past connection

9.05 Miles right then left

9.8 Miles road go left

10.05 Miles trailhead

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General Information

Location

The Mesas

Difficulty

10

Ride Type

Dirt

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Trail Reviews

Properly awesome

January 15, 2018

After a week of meetings in Vegas I came to Utah to decompress. And it totally delivered. I spent day one just outside of Hurricane (separate review), day two was spent exploring the trails of Gooseberry Mesa. I intended to start with the Practice Loop but navigated instead to the Windmill trailhead and followed the North Rim and then into Ridges and Hollows I reached the view point at the end and headed back. I avoided the South Rim initially because of the Extreme rating. I did Yellow and then Hidden Valley. This dropped me onto South Rim with about 3 miles to go. It was tough but rideable, with the odd bit of off-bike scrambling. What I loved about Gooseberry Mesa is the complete contrasts. One minute you're scrambling up a loose rocky incline, the next surfing over wild slick rock outcrops, the next plowing through deep sand. Sharp drop offs, snaking direction changes and challenging brief ascents abound. All of it mixed with a range of stunning views. After 20 miles of this, I was tired but massively satisfied. If I was younger, fitter and had more time, I would have gone around again. There's something for everyone here, although to get the maximum out of it you need to be pretty comfortable handling your bike in all situations. A dropper seat post is a must and it needs to be deployed at a moment's notice. It's day after now and my shoulders tell me I was busy yesterday as do my blistered hands. All completely worth it.

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