Gooseberry Mesa

Springdale, Utah

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Located about 39 miles west of St. George. Highlights: About equally split between slickrock and smooth singletrack, this is a varied and challenging ride. Long sections of trail follow the 1,000-foot rim of Gooseberry Mesa, providing spectacular views of southwest Utah, including the Pine Valley Mountains and the temples of Zion National Park. The Left Fork road continues west from the trailhead most of the way to The Point at the west end of the mesa and provides access to the trails at several points, so you can ride any portion of the loop and then use the road for a quick return to the trailhead. Intermediate riders can walk the technical sections. Numerous large slickrock patches provide opportunities for riders of all abilities. These range from almost parking lot-smooth to extreme technical challenges. There are many unimproved campsites along Gooseberry and Left Fork roads; please use "leave-no-trace" camping techniques, especially with regard to campfires and human sanitation. Tread: 10.2 miles on singletrack; 0.9 mile on doubletrack.
Mountain Biking St. George & Cedar City

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Mountain Biking St. George & Cedar City

by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

Located about 39 miles west of St. George. Highlights: About equally split between slickrock and smooth singletrack, this is a varied and challenging ride. Long sections of trail follow the 1,000-foot rim of Gooseberry Mesa, providing spectacular views of southwest Utah, including the Pine Valley Mountains and the temples of Zion National Park.

The Left Fork road continues west from the trailhead most of the way to The Point at the west end of the mesa and provides access to the trails at several points, so you can ride any portion of the loop and then use the road for a quick return to the trailhead. Intermediate riders can walk the technical sections. Numerous large slickrock patches provide opportunities for riders of all abilities. These range from almost parking lot-smooth to extreme technical challenges. There are many unimproved campsites along Gooseberry and Left Fork roads; please use "leave-no-trace" camping techniques, especially with regard to campfires and human sanitation. Tread: 10.2 miles on singletrack; 0.9 mile on doubletrack.

©  Bruce Grubbs/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Springdale
Distance: 11.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 5,200 feet
Top Elevation: 5,200 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management 435-688-3200
Local Maps: USGS Virgin
Driving Directions: Directions to Gooseberry Mesa

Recent Trail Reviews

4/25/2006
1

There are now over 20 miles of trail. Views are sweet and camping is open on the mesa. There's even a bathroom! Main parking is 1 mile to the west of it. Expect a full day of superb riding fun. Dots painted on the ground make route finding easy. This is truly one of the most unique, fun rides on the planet. Elevations are 5200'-5600'.



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