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Level: Advanced
Length: 30 mi (48.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Other
Elevation: +838/571 ft
Total: 359 riders
 

Mountain Biking Gooseberry Mesa

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#3 of 692 mountain bike trails in Utah
#17 in the world

"The most incredible mountain bike trail in the US! Fantastic views of Zions National Park. All the slickrock and singletrack you and your bike can handle. Don't let your attention wander to the sights, this trail shows no mercy to the unskilled!!! A tip of the helmet to Mike and Morgan, the trail creators!!!

First added by alvin.santoy on Dec 31, 2002. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
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  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Q: how do you get there
A: UT 59 at Apple Valley take Main St or the Smithsonian Butte Scenic Byway 3 miles north to Gooseberry Mesa sign. Head west 5 miles to trail head on a dirt road that can be impassable in bad weather. There is also access from near Springdale but that road is impassable when wet.

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  • Aubeez
    *****

    This is a great trail with spectacular views. Take a lunch and eat it out on the farthest point of the Mesa you can ride. Lots of ups and downs, drop offs, and short difficult climbs etc. This is a very technical trail with fun, fun, fun slick rock options. A bucket list trail for sure.

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  • Silentfoe
    *****

    Technical riding at its best. This trail is a puzzle that gets put together one move at a time. There are at least 20 miles of singletrack that can be linked together on the Mesa. Lots of fun and great views everywhere you turn. Primitive camping is available with a couple of pit toilets at the major trailheads. If you think you're a competent technical rider, come here and find out.

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  • wchadwick
    *****

    Great ride, slick rock, single track, tech stuff, view and scenery like no other.

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  • Perry Joseph
    *****

    Awesome moderately technical white slickrock on a high mesa with no actual gooseberries, but a lot of petrified wood. Breathtaking 360 degree views of surrounding desert and the Zion peaks. Camp up on the Mesa. I left my hat up there on a fence post. Let me know if you find it. Thanks. Don't forget to do Thunder Mountain trail at the entrance to Bryce Canyon while you are in the vicinity. OMG.

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  • Fernierocks
    ****

    Really fun ride. I rode the whole thing and not sure how it gets a difficult rating though as it is fairly flat with nothing overly technical. I was there at the end of September and it had rained very heavily a couple of days earlier. You could not even drive to the trail head without getting stuck...saw an abandoned Range Rover sunk up to its axles. This actually turned out to be a bonus as I was staying in Springdale and it forced me to ride up to the trails vs drive. You could pick your line through the heavy mud ok. There was a hill called "crybaby hill" on the road up. Not only was I crying but also sucking my thumb like a baby by the time I got to the top. One of those climbs that is pure pain but once you get to the top you feel like a million bucks and the ride down it at the end of the day was so much fun.

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  • tdog70
    *****

    Excellent trail spent 4 1/2 riding and didn't want it to end. Take time to go to the the point the view is worth the ride. The rock formations were unbelievable. Everything was very well marked. I have rode Park City, Moab, and 18 road. This trail might have topped then all. Went the weekend before Thanksgiving a little chilly but hotel rates were cheap. Stayed in Springdale, also road Hurricane Rim which was fun. Eat at Oscar's they have amazing breakfasts.

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  • bobbybrowntown
    *****

    You will never be a true mountain biker until you ride this trail. It's the best trail ever created, you can't image this trail until you've actually ridden it. The harris brothers are geniuses.

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  • tlongpine
    ****

    This system is finally getting the recognition it deserves. Great climbs, great views, and great riding.

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  • ccasperson
    *****

    As others have said, you HAVE TO do this trail. It's the #1 trail in the up-and-coming Southwest Utah scene. The slickrock is grippy, the trails feel endless (in a good way), and there are tons of options to make sure you wear yourself out, no matter how good you're riding that day. Great views. too. It's a bit of a drive on a bumpy road, but there are lots of camping sites and be sure to have your adventure somewhere else if it's rained much at all.

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  • Mdonivan
    *****

    This trail is tough I have rode a lot of trails in Utah and this one kicked my butt

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  • k2rider
    *****

    The Hurricane/St George area is my favorite riding area in the SW United States and Gooseberry Mesa is the 'crown jewel' of the area according to most. This trail is like no other I've ridden anywhere and it goes up, down, all around and thru the rock mesa. The twisty loop we do is 18 miles but you'll feel like you've done 30. You'll be amazed at what both you AND your bike are capaple of after a day at Gooseberry.

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  • deanmoyer

    There seems to be a few different trails on the mesa. We are stopping here on the way to Zion NP. Any suggestions as to how maximize the experience?

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  • Eric Foltz
    *****

    One of the funnest trails you will find anywhere. Just imagine a skate park for mountain bikes located in about the most beautiful spot in the country. Don't be fooled by the relatively flat terrain. You will do a lot of short steep climbs that will eventually wear you down.

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  • stumpyfsr   ✓ supporter
    *****

    Excellent singletrack. Haven't tried every trail in the system due to snow, which made a navigation a true challenge. Otherwise, enjoyed every foot of riding there. Definitely one of the best trails I ever rode. Be back when snow is gone to complete the whole system.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter
    *****

    What a fantastic trail! Finally, a desert mountain bike trail that lives up to the hype!

    As other reviewers have mentioned, the views from the Mesa are absolutely fantastic, with views of Zion National Park from the North Rim.

    As for the trail surface itself, it is technical and very entertaining, despite not having very much climbing or descending. I found the slickrock portions (which comprise most of the trail) to be much more entertaining than the slickrock on the Famous Slickrock trail in Moab. Also, the sections of dirt interspersed with the rock were a welcome break and helped keep things interesting, too.

    Just keep following the dots!!

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  • Jared13
    *****

    Words will not do this trail justice. You MUST get out and ride it yourself! The slickrock is absolutely amazing. Even at weird angles the grip is still there. There are some narrow sections and I hope you have your body position and pedal position dialed in. There are plenty of opportunities to endo or smack a pedal. It gets hot in this part of Utah so I would recommend riding it in the morning rather than the afternoon. The signs to find the trailheads are topnotch also!

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