Zen Trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.38 out of 5
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Intermediate
6.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,000 ft
↓ 1,000 ft
2,715
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
This is a fairly technical ride. I would rate it 8/10 in technicality, but a 6/10 in aerobic difficulty because its so short. Super fun ride. Trail takes up up to a rim that overlooks the bearclaw poppy trail.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (13)
 

Granny Gear

January 5, 2019
jpcrockett Granny Gear  
 
Review: This is my favorite trail in Southern Utah, and one of my top five in Utah (the others being Whole Enchilada and Captain Ahab in Moab, and Wasatch Crest and Bobsled in Salt Lake City). It's a challenge, but the entire trail is ridable (or walkable if you're uncomfortable with certain maneuvers), and it's as rewarding as they come (assuming you find riding challenging features rewarding!). Only complaint: wayfinding can be a challenge, to say the least. You're pretty much guaranteed to get lost a time or two until you learn the trail, but that's true of several trails in the St. George area. All things considered, Zen is a great trail and one I never miss when I'm in St. George.

Similar Trail: Barrel Roll (although Zen is more technical and has a better descent); Gooseberry (although Zen is more aerobically challenging and lacks the views of Gooseberry)

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Granny Gear

December 31, 2017
JaPan Granny Gear  
 
Review: Simply put, this is arguably the best trail in the Santa Clara/Green Valley area if... a semi technical rowdy descent is something you place high value in. This trail has some technical moves and sections but it's all easily navigated (on or off bike) regardless of skill level but if you are a beginner, this ride will tax you. Also, plan on being out there a minimum of 1.5 hours. More experienced riders can crank out two laps in around two hours. As some have said, it's not the best marked trail in the world, but it's typical for desert trail. You'll find your way and can't really get too lost. Just follow tire tread marks... Trail starts at the bottom on the east side of the road up to the water tower and bear claw poppy upper trailhead. Park at bottom of this road. Cross ditch, head up double track and take first singletrack you see.

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Gramcounter

February 16, 2016
wchadwick Gramcounter  
 
Review: Great ride, single track, slick rock, tech stuff. great views. close to St. George

Similar Trail: Barrel Roll, Side Winder

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Gramcounter

February 6, 2016
 
Review: I really enjoyed this trail. Had lots of fun technical climbs some fun technical descending as well as some drops and step ups. It also had some fun fast downhill sections. Fun trail!

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Granny Gear

January 5, 2016
 
Review: Probably my favorite trail ever. I ride Moab, Fruita, the Wasatch, etc.--I have yet to find a trail that I like more than Zen. The trail is easily accessible, the trail surface and route is phenomenal, and the views are unbeatable. There are 2-3 locations where route-finding can be a little tricky, but a quick look around and you'll find a cairn or tracks.

My only complaint is that it's short. But that means you can easily experience it twice if you want a two hour ride. Zen is as good as it gets.

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Granny Gear

November 1, 2015
 
Review: This track is terrible, lots of rocks. It is very hard to find the trail sometimes. A hard climb and lots of drops. If you do go on it you need disk brakes. I am a serious mountain biker and I did not enjoy this trail

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Granny Gear


September 24, 2016
J-Dogg Granny Gear  
 
Review: Methinks a "serious mountain biker" would have disc brakes......

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Gramcounter


October 28, 2015
J-Dogg Gramcounter  
 
Review: This trail rocks! Pun intended. Great short 6 mile loop took me 1 1/2 hours. Plan on a hike-a-bike or 2. Maps at BLM will help you not miss all the downhill singletrack. Excellent views from the top.

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Trailblazer

February 8, 2015
k2rider Trailblazer  
 
Review: Been out to Southern Utah numerous time sot ride but always spend my time in Hurricane and Virgin. Finally made it over to Zen and thought is was an awesome loop. Just perfect to get our legs in gear after the long drive from SoCal. Loved the techy stuff up top and especially across the bottom. Plenty of challenging features and some that will have 90% of all riders hike a biking!! Great ride if you only have a couple hours to kill with very easy access to parking from a main roadway.

Similar Trail: Barrel Roll but more reck/rock features on Zen

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Gramcounter

October 25, 2014
loganeure Gramcounter  
 
Review: Short ride with semi-technical spots but nothing to tough. Awesome views overlooking St. George and the surrounding area.

Similar Trail: Bearclaw Poppy

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Trailblazer

October 8, 2013
tlongpine Trailblazer  
 
Review: Trail begins with a wonderful climb. This trail deserves higher recognition.

Similar Trail: Gooseberry Mesa

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Zen Trail MTB Trail 4.38 out of 5 based on 13 ratings. 13 user reviews.
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