Gooseberry Mesa

Springdale, Utah

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Biking off-road within Zion National Park is strictly forbidden, but that’s OK. Stroll through this divine gallery of rock towers, weeping alcoves, and sunshine-eluding canyons; then leave the tourists behind and pedal your mountain bike on Gooseberry Mesa. In years past, riding on Gooseberry Mesa was simply a matter of following the dusty doubletrack to a rim-rocked viewpoint and back again—highly scenic but somewhat uneventful. Tucked neatly away on the end of this pointy mesa you’ll find a 12-mile track laid out amidst the sage, manzanita, juniper, and ponderosa. Granted, these slickrock sections are not the free-flowing, catch-a-wave expanses that hallmark the original formula in Moab. But Gooseberry’s recipe is every bit as delectable and demands adept skills to clean the hundreds of audacious stunts. While you’re not busting a cog on the rock, you’re twisting a number on soft, loamy, one-laners coated with crunchy pine needles—not the runaway bike ramps-cum-sand traps of the Moab variety. Oh, you want scenic views, too? Well, Gooseberry serves up some real beauties that will seduce the lens of any shutterbug.
Mountain Biking Utah

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Mountain Biking Utah

by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

Biking off-road within Zion National Park is strictly forbidden, but that’s OK. Stroll through this divine gallery of rock towers, weeping alcoves, and sunshine-eluding canyons; then leave the tourists behind and pedal your mountain bike on Gooseberry Mesa. In years past, riding on Gooseberry Mesa was simply a matter of following the dusty doubletrack to a rim-rocked viewpoint and back again—highly scenic but somewhat uneventful. Tucked neatly away on the end of this pointy mesa you’ll find a 12-mile track laid out amidst the sage, manzanita, juniper, and ponderosa.

Granted, these slickrock sections are not the free-flowing, catch-a-wave expanses that hallmark the original formula in Moab. But Gooseberry’s recipe is every bit as delectable and demands adept skills to clean the hundreds of audacious stunts. While you’re not busting a cog on the rock, you’re twisting a number on soft, loamy, one-laners coated with crunchy pine needles—not the runaway bike ramps-cum-sand traps of the Moab variety. Oh, you want scenic views, too? Well, Gooseberry serves up some real beauties that will seduce the lens of any shutterbug.

©  Gregg Bromka/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Springdale
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Spring (March through June) and Fall ( September through November)
Trailhead Elevation: 5,160 feet
Top Elevation: 5,450 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, St. George Field Office
Local Maps: USGS: Little Creek Mtn., Smithsonian Butte, Springdale West and Virgin
Driving Directions: Directions to Gooseberry Mesa

Recent Trail Reviews

8/24/2009
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Visiting from Maryland, I met my guide Scott Williams from Zion Adventure Company, in the parking lot of Lind’s Grocery Store in Hurricane, Utah. My adventure began at Gooseberry Mesa Trail, where the desert seemed to go for miles before it hit the mountains in the distance. The first part of the day were many lessons on body position, slick rock, descents, quick ascents, rock gardens, gravel, sand and conquering my fear of heights! Even with over a year of experience, slick rock was daunting at times. Very technical!!! I thoroughly enjoyed my Utah mountain biking experience that was filled with challenge, fun and excitement. Scott taught me lessons that I will be able to apply to biking and to my personal life. Thanks Scott! :)


9/10/2008
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Been here 5 times and it's more fun every time. South Rim, Hidden Canyon, Yellow Trail and Bowl and Ledges most tech trails. This is the most fun I've ever had on a bicycle but it's nearby neighbor trail Little Creek Mountain is just about as good. There is now over 20 miles of trail. Grafton Mesa, off Goose's northeast side is a downhillers delight. This truly is a world class set of trails. More than listed in the guide. Met riders here from England, Germany, Canada, New Zealand and more.


5/5/2008
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was originally just looking for a good ride to bridge my drive from Las Vegas to Fruita, and was ecstatic to find this trail. it was nice and remote, incredibly scenic, and when I return, I look forward to camping in one of those spectacular campsites with the endless views. the trail was a perfect combo of singletrack and slickrock, with just enough technical sections to keep an advanced rider happy, but not too many where an intermediate rider wouldn't enjoy the ride. now that I've ridden it, I have heard many good reports from others (who neglected to mention it to me prior, unfortunately), and it seems to be on all of their 'must-ride' lists. no matter where you're coming from or where you're headed, this trail is worth the extra drive!


5/16/2006
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A very special trail. The riding is very technical. The rocks witht the deep green vegitation on the messa and the colorful mountains around are paradise for riders. The trail is well marked, take 3 hours to complete all the loop.


4/5/2005
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Gooseberry is AMAZING! This ride is way better than the Slick Rock Trail in Moab. The trail flows much better, and has unlimited options for technical challenge. Gooseberry is my 2nd favorite trail of all time (Porcupine Rim in Moab is the undisputed #1). Ride this trial, and if you can find out where it is, ride Little Creek Mesa too. Its only a few miles away, but relatively undiscovered. Half my buddies like Little Creek better than Gooseberry, and the other half prefer the Goose. Try 'em both and see what you like!



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