ElevationAscent: 894' 272 m
Descent: -887' -270 m
High: 4,316' 1,316 m
Low: 3,453' 1,053 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“A local favorite with easy climbs and fast flowy descents.”— Kevin Christopherson
The trail starts as you leave the parking lot heading west downstream along the rim above the Virgin River. There are great views of the river with Zion National Park in the background. The trail is obvious at this point. As you leave the canyon rim the trail hits 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. You'll cross over a few double tracks, but the trail is obvious on the other side of the roads. At Mile 4.5 you come to a well maintained gravel road. Do not cross the gravel road onto the trail on the other side (you'll come down this trail on the return trip). Turn right (south) here, and follow the gravel road south for about 1/2 mile to State Road 59. Cross the highway and turn left, then go about 100 yards and then go right (south) on the dirt road (mile 5.2).
After about a mile (mile 6.3) look for corrals on your left (east). Turn here and follow the road past the corrals. You'll see another brown sign marking the singletrack. Follow the trail until it crosses State Road 59 again this time heading north (mile 8.8). After crossing the highway take the dirt road south to the upper JEM parking lot.
Look for the singletrack on your right (east) immediately after you cross the fence on a small bike cattle guard (mile 9.1). Get ready for one of the best xc descents anywhere. Simply follow the singletrack back to the Sheep Bridge parking area (and your car). The singletrack crosses a few dirt roads, but you'll be having so much fun you may not even notice. This description makes it sound more difficult than it actually is!
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed, History & Background
Local Club: Dixie Mountain Bike Trails Association
May 14, 2019: 13th Hole – April 30, 2019
Apr 8, 2019: Iron Giants Trail – Fall of 2018
Land Manager: BLM Utah - St. George Field Office