An awesome fast-flowing desert cruising and a fantastic cliff-side ride into the chasm of the Virgin River – JEM Trail deserves to be the centerpiece of the Hurricane Cliffs Trail System in Southern Utah.
Named after three trailblazers John, Ellen, and Mike, the trail is located just west of the town of Virgin near Zion National Park. Thanks to its diverse terrain, it’s not surprising to know JEM Trail is a favorite ride of many people. No matter you are a beginner or an experienced, you can find your moment to shine on the track and enjoy the trail to the most.
With great views and a blasting downhill, JEM Trail is worth a try. Bring your whole biking gang and explore!
The trail boasts a variety of terrain including a one-way downhill section, flowing twists and turns, a high-speed singletrack descent and many more features. Except for a dangerous switchback (which you can walk), JEM Trail is an easy technical ride.
The trail can be accessed from either end.
The lower trailhead is a bit difficult to find. Head east on State Road 9 and turn right onto Sheep Bridge Road (just before you enter Virgin, Utah). Cross the bridge over the Virgin River then take the first right after the cattle guard. Follow the doubletrack for a half mile to the end. Here you’ll find the trailhead and a parking lot.
If you start from upper JEM trailhead: In Hurricane, turn south on US-59. Drive exactly 5 miles uphill. Turn left on cindered doubletrack once you approach the base of Gooseberry Mesa. After around 0.3 miles, you’ll find the parking area. (N 37 08.329' W 113 14.527')
Food and drink
Please prepare water and snack before heading to the trail since there’s no nearby catering service.
Navigation is not a problem on JEM Trail since the trail is well-marked with carsonite posts. However, a trail app is always helpful to decide where you should go when you’re at trail junctions.
With the addition of new trails in the area, some combine Dead Ringer, Goosebumps or Cryptobionic with JEM trail.
Since April 2015, the upper portion of JEM is now one-way, downhill only. This is the section from the Highway 59 trailhead down to the Goosebumps/Dead Ringer connector intersection. When climbing to the Highway 59 trailhead, you must use either Dead Ringer or the JEM Doubletrack.
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