If Guacamole and JEM trail had a baby, that must be Wire Mesa (LOL).
Fun and flowy, Wire Mesa Loop is a technical singletrack boasting breathtaking vistas of Zion National Park. Compared to other mesa trails in the area, Wire Mesa is faster. It doesn’t have the crazy rock climbs of Gooseberry, but it has more flow with technical riding along rocks and ledges, which is great to build yourself up to more advanced mesa rides (for example, the Gooseberry Mesa if you’re not ready.
The trail can be ridden clockwise or counterclockwise. Each direction gives a different riding experience...that’s why many do the trail both ways riding 15 miles in total! For beginners, it might be best to warm up on the west side by going clockwise before riding the technical section on the east side.
Wire Mesa has plenty of technical slick rock and lots of short up and downs. When dry and hot, the trail can be sandy.
There are three signed "Easy/More Difficult" splits along the trail. Please note that "More Difficult" routes have Black Diamond level features. This map follows the easier option on the splits.
Wire Mesa Trailhead is around 0.1 miles from the junction of South Bench Road and Smithsonian Butte Road.
Food and drink
Bring plenty of water. Drinking water is not available on the mesa.
Clockwise or counterclockwise, it doesn’t matter since you’ll have fun in both directions. If you go clockwise, the west rim flows a bit faster, but the tech stuff on the east rim is a little easier on the opposite direction. Since it feels like two trails in one, many people ride it in both ways to have the best of both worlds!
1.5 miles north from the trailhead, there’s a doubletrack which is a great out-and-back ride for beginners. It goes to the rim with amazing views in every direction and intersects the Wire Mesa Loop. Beginners can ride this doubletrack and meet the rest of their group for a break at the rim. Also, this doubletrack can be used as an exit point for those who need to exit the loop early.
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