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JEM Trail

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  4.0 from 10 votes
blue  Intermediate from 5 votes
Rank: #7 in the Zion National Park area
#63 in UT, #1,980 Overall
Views: 3,677. Last 30 days: 208
Mar 19 Green
Trail in the area near Virgin,
“A great fast and flowy trail.”
Kevin Christopherson on Aug 30, 2013
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6.911.1 milesKilometers 916’279 m Ascent 4,320’1,317 m High 3% Avg Grade (2°)
Singletrack Type -64’-19 m Descent 3,455’1,053 m Low 17% Max Grade (9°)
This is a great trail when you just want to go fast and easy. It has it all; great views, easy climbing, and a fast flowy downhill. By itself, the JEM is an out-and back trail, but can be combined with Goulds Rim, or the Hurricane Rim trail, to make loops over 20 miles.

The lower trailhead can be a little hard to find, but the MTB Project mobile app should lead you right to it. Traveling east on State Road 9 turn right onto Sheep Bridge Road (just before you enter Virgin, Utah). Cross over the Virgin River on the bridge and take the first right after the cattle guard. Follow the two track about a half mile to the end (this is the trailhead and parking).

There can be 2-way traffic, so keep your eyes open. Most of the time, there is a good line-of-sight making it easy to avoid problems.

The trail starts as you leave the parking lot heading west along the rim above the Virgin River. There are many great views of the river with Zion National Park in the background. The trail is obvious here, but after the trail bends south and leaves the canyon it joins a dirt road and it can be a little confusing (mile 1.3). Go right (west) on the road for about 100 yards until you cross a (usually) dry wash. Turn left after the wash and look for the brown trail sign to get back onto the singletrack.

At mile 1.6, you'll come to the Hurricane Rim trail junction - stay left on the JEM trail. As you continue, you'll cross a few double tracks, but the singletrack is obvious on the other side. At Mile 4.5 the singletrack crosses a well maintained gravel road. If you are doing the JEM as an out-and-back, cross the gravel road and continue on the trail on the other side. Follow the singletrack until you come to a hill that's too steep to climb on your bike. This is the JEM drops. You can turn around here and start the descent back, or hike-a-bike up the hill and continue to the upper parking lot. If you continue on, you'll hit another short hike-a-bike, but then can ride all the way to the upper parking.

Whenever you turn around, that's where the real fun begins. This is a fast and very flowly descent that will have you smiling large and forgetting your breaks all the way back to your car. It can be ridden in both directions, but most prefer to save the downhill for last. Some people do shuttle if for a downhill only run leaving a shuttle vehicle at the lower parking lot and starting the ride at the upper trailhead.
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4.8 (11)
It's Gooseberry baby. One of the most famous trails in mountain biking.
near Virgin, UT
4.6 (31)
A local and global favorite - longer and more difficult than the South Rim an...
near Hurricane, UT
4.1 (10)
A local favorite with easy climbs and fast flowy descents.
near Virgin, UT

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  4.7 from 3 votes
This is the part where JEM really gets rockin' (Hurricane, UT)
  4.3 from 4 votes
Teena bombing it down the JEM trail back to the Sheep Bridge trailhead. ... (Virgin, UT)
  3.8 from 4 votes
Dave on the rim of the Virgin River. (Virgin, UT)
  3.6 from 5 votes
Teena riding the JEM drops. This is the one technical section on this r... (La Verkin, UT)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Left turn at start of Goosebumps (Hurricane, UT)
  3.5 from 2 votes
On Jem with some nearby exposure. (LaVerkin, UT)
  2.3 from 3 votes
"You shall not pass!" (Hurricane, UT)
  2.3 from 3 votes
that there's da Virgin riva. (LaVerkin, UT)
  2.0 from 4 votes
The junction after you cross the fence at the upper JEM parking lot. (La Verkin, UT)
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