J.E.M. Trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.24 out of 5
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Intermediate
13
miles

Singletrack
↑ 2,000 ft
↓ 2,200 ft
3,571
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
This trail is a combination of a network of trails. I rode it counter clockwise. I starts out with the Gould Rim, then on to the JEM trail, and finally to Hurricane Rim. This is a great intermediate ride. Very fast, rolling hills. Not a lot of climbing. If you dont want to do the whole 21 miles, consider just doing the JEM trail out and back.

Description from justin70:

This trail is a combination of trails. It is usually ridden counter-clockwise, so that the JEM trail is ridden down-hill. There are a number of trail heads that can be used.

By doing the whole network (Hurricane Rim, Gould's Rim, JEM Trail), you get a 22 mile epic cross country loop.

I recommend parking at the Virgin trailhead for JEM - that way, you get to finish the ride with JEM, which has the best flow, is the funnest of the three, and is primarily downhill.

Turn right off of State Road 9 onto Sheep Bridge Road just before you enter Virgin, Utah. Cross the Virgin River and take the first right after the cattle guard. Follow the two track to the end (this is the trailhead).

Start riding going west on the Hurricane Rim, which has the most technical bits and the biggest climb. Transition to the Gould's Rim, which has some tech, some doubletrack, and some flowy BMX-style ups and downs. Then finish with the JEM, which is a mostly big-ring affair, except for the one very technical drop from the top into the wash.

This trail as a loop demands respect. It includes rocks, distance, desert weather, vertical exposure and remoteness. Take adequate food, water and spares and ride with care.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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System Trails (3)
System Trails (3)
Gould's Rim trail
Gould's trail
Hurricane Rim trail
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Reviews (17)
 

Gramcounter

February 16, 2016
wchadwick Gramcounter  
 
Review: One of my favorites. great loop when combined with Goulds and Hurricane rim trails from Hurricane Over the Edge bike shop

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Gramcounter

May 16, 2014
zionman Gramcounter  
 
Review: Great trail. Nice downhill flow when combined with Goulds Rim and Goulds trail. A couple of technical downhills that I actually walked the bike down. Ya...not a proud moment. Overall very flowy and enjoyable!

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Trailblazer

April 1, 2014
ccasperson Trailblazer  
 
Review: Rode it as part of a long loop starting in town: Goulds-JEM-Hurricane Rim. J.E.M is definitely best ridden downhill (doing the loop counter-clockwise). If you're tired after some punishing days on the mesas, or you don't have slickrock back home and want to try something a bit more familiar, this flowy fun trail will be just what the doctor ordered.

Similar Trail: Gould Rim

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Singletrack


March 26, 2014
justin70 Singletrack  
 
Review: Awesome trail (especially hurricane rim), and a testing ride to complete.

Very aware of exposure and mechanical risks ... A long way from rescue at times. Be prepared.

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Trailblazer


March 18, 2014
k2rider Trailblazer  
 
Review: Hmmm....and IMBA Epic rated #857? This isn't my favorite trail in the area but it's still a must-do in my opinion. We like to go ride til' we're toast on another trail and shuttle the JEM from the top. When the wind is at your back, this trail is a pure roller coaster and in my Top 10 of all rides, it's that good. Nice variety of scenery and challenge with a littl exposure thrown into the mix for good measure.

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Granny Gear

March 13, 2014
 
Review: Fun trail, rode it New Years day 2014

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Trailblazer

March 26, 2013
stillfat Trailblazer  
 
Review: Buttery smooth through the desert. Make sure you go DOWN the trail rather than climbing it. Park by the river and link together JEM, jeep roads and Sheepsbridge Road for the climb, catch a little of Gould's on the other side of the highway and then hit JEM for some fun downhill. At times, I wished for a tad more gradient, but plenty of fun. A bit of exposure at the bottom next to the river.

Similar Trail: 18 Road.

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Bunny Hop

November 28, 2012
ByronV Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Awesome. I would say that this is the best ride for those who don't like to do too much work. You barely need to pedal and it is fast and flowy all the way. Absolutely fantastic, you will be grinning and moaning about how good it is the whole way.

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Gramcounter

September 23, 2012
maburner Gramcounter  
 
Review: Great ride...in from MD, checking out the Area. Good fun gradual downhill

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Gramcounter

March 11, 2012
 
Review: Rode out on the Jem trail and did the whole loop, but due to the long section of road I would recommend doing it as an out and back, fun and flowy and not too technical at all.

Similar Trail: Fruita, 18 Road

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