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Hidden Canyon

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 5.0 from 3 votes
black  Difficult from 2 votes
Rank: #1 in the Zion National Park area
#5 in UT, #77 Overall
Views: 281. Last 30 days: 43
Feb 15 Green - Dry, very windy. 60F
Trail near Virgin,  area, 
“Best "downhill" section on the Gooseberry Mesa network; cool mini canyons.”
Kevin Christopherson on Oct 2, 2013
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1.82.8 milesKilometers 61’19 m Ascent 5,329’1,624 m High 2% Avg Grade (1°)
Singletrack Type -115’-35 m Descent 5,240’1,597 m Low 7% Max Grade (4°)
0:25 average ride time for 1.8 miles. Details

The Gooseberry Mesa trail network sits at 5200 feet elevation on a slickrock mesa and it's like a giant urban bike park. The trail is marked with white paint dots on the slickrock and signs at the junctions. The network is a bit of a maze, but fairly easy to follow. The trail undulates up and down house size sandstone mounds and twists through tight rock canyons. It's the perfect technical mountain bike trail. There are many ways to connect the various trails to make it longer or shorter, harder or easier, and they're all good. If this is your first time, you may want to ride the Practice Trail first to get your Gooseberry groove on. Bring lots of water. There is no drinking water available on the mesa. There is primitive camping available in the area.

Going clockwise, this trail starts as you branch off the South Rim Trail heading north. It ends at the junction with the two track. It is not as technical as the South Rim, but still a challenge. This is one of my favorite trails, and it's always a tough decision whether to continue on the South Rim, or ride Hidden Canyon. It's similar to the South Rim, but it winds through some very cool mini-canyons. It is the best "downhill" section on the mesa.
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4.8 (11)
It's Gooseberry baby. One of the most famous trails in mountain biking.
near Virgin, UT
4.8 (21)
A local and global favorite - longer and more difficult than the South Rim an...
near Hurricane, UT
4.4 (10)
A popular loop that combines three fun trails with easy climbs, fast descendi...
near Virgin, UT

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PHOTOS of Hidden Canyon
 4.0 from 3 votes
A rare day when there was water in the pond. (Virgin, UT)
 3.7 from 3 votes
Sunset over Zion (Hurricane, UT)
 3.5 from 4 votes
Raring to go. (Virgin, UT)
 3.5 from 4 votes
Just some of the fun stuff on Hidden Canyon. (Virgin, UT)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Typical section of trail on Hidden Canyon (Virgin, UT)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Typical short, but steep climb. (Virgin, UT)
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