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JEM Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (81)

A great fast and flowy trail.


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Map Key

6.9

Miles

11.1

KM

Singletrack

4,320' 1,317 m

High

3,455' 1,053 m

Low

916' 279 m

Up

64' 19 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Description

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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Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 81 votes

#28

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  4.3 from 81 votes
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#9

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#28

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Photos

Jeremy takes in the view from the lookout about 1 mile into the ride. Expect pretty spectacular views from the JEM Trail!
Mar 6, 2017 near LaVerkin, UT
A little pause to take it all in...
Mar 26, 2018 near LaVerkin, UT
This is the part where JEM really gets rockin'
Apr 2, 2015 near Hurricane, UT
Here comes a storm...
May 3, 2016 near LaVerkin, UT
Teena bombing it down the JEM trail back to the Sheep Bridge trailhead.  You can see the town of Virgin, and Zion National Park in the background.
Aug 11, 2013 near LaVerkin, UT
Almost at the end on Jem trail.
Apr 18, 2017 near LaVerkin, UT

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May 14, 2022
Holly Godsey
Beautiful and fun, as always!
May 4, 2022
David Knupp
Noticed that JEM trail is one way going downhill. Recommended direction is the wrong way. Is the downhill only pretty recent and an update in order?
Apr 27, 2022
Riley McDonald
Apr 17, 2022
Gabriel Johnston
Rode lot to goosebumps. Very enjoyable and less pedaly than other options
Apr 5, 2022
Mountain Park
5.5mi — 0h 56m
Dec 1, 2021
Mike Gibson
Dec 1, 2021
Scott Gibson
Nov 27, 2021
Michael Wood
Rode Jem to Dead Ringer and then Jem downhill. Was my first time riding in Southern Utah. Rode it on my old Specialized Hardrock while waiting for…

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