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JEM Trail

 39 votes


6.9 Miles 11.1 Kilometers



916' 279 m


-64' -19 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (9°)

4,320' 1,317 m


3,455' 1,053 m



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A great fast and flowy trail.

Kevin Christopherson



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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Jan 26, 2018
Ken Short
Dec 30, 2017
Abe Ferraro
You don't notice the 900 ft ascent as its very gradual...much more fun on the way back...easy with very few technical sections. 5.2mi
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This is a horrible description of the trail as the upper section after the road crossing is, and needs to remain, one way. The "Dead Ringer" approach would be a much better choice. Oct 8, 2017
Kevin Christopherson
Washington, UT
Kevin Christopherson   Washington, UT
Dave Diegelman, The change to a downhill only section, and the addition of Dead Ringer (and More Cowbell) happened after I wrote this trail description. I’ll try to update it. Oct 8, 2017
Super fun ride with combined More Cowbell hill. Awesome views and super fast. Feb 15, 2018

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