Introduce to you the world class trail Gooseberry Mesa. This trail was built by the Harris Brother over 20 years ago, but it still in good condition thanks to the devoted maintenance of Morgan and the others. Granted National Recreation Trail Status in 2006, Gooseberry Mesa is on the Bureau of Lang Management’s (BLM) list of “Backyard to Backcountry” treasures.
The trail system sits at 5200 feet elevation on a slickrock mesa and is like a giant urban bike park. It’s a bit of a maze, but fairly easy to navigate as Gooseberry is marked with white paint dots on the slickrock and signs at the junctions. The trail undulates up and down house size sandstone mounds and twists through tight rock canyons. It's a fantastic technical mountain bike trail.
The loop described here starts from the South Rim. It follows the rim around to the North Rim Trail before reaching the Windmill Trail. The trail then heads back to Bows and Ledges and finally finishes on the Practice Trail. You can pick a different direction if you like since there are many ways to ride this trail network, and they are all fantastic.
Gooseberry Mesa is one of the best technical trails with rolling slickrock and twisty singletrack. It is rated black diamond overall, but there are some double black diamond sections on the South Rim.
The turnoff to Gooseberry Mesa is about 15 minutes east of Hurricane, Utah off Highway 59. There is a large sign on the highway directing you to Gooseberry Mesa. Turn north here onto an unpaved road. Follow the signs for about 30 minutes to the White Trail. Just go slow if you are driving a low clearance vehicle.
The trail is accessible year-round, but do not drive after a storm. The road up on the mesa becomes a sticky, slippery mess when wet.
Food and drink
There is no drinking water available on the mesa, so please bring your own water.
Although the loop is only 13 miles, many spend around four hours to complete.
This ride can be ridden from both directions, and easily modified. You can cut off the out and back on the Windmill Trail and ride directly onto Bowls and Ledges. Or instead of heading back on the Windmill Trail, you can loop around on the dirt road back to the White Trail.
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Photo credit: Leslie Kehmeier
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