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JEM Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (60)

A great fast and flowy trail.


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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°)

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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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Kevin Christopherson

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  4.3 from 60 votes

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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
This is the part where JEM really gets rockin'
Apr 2, 2015 near Hurricane, UT
A little pause to take it all in...
Mar 26, 2018 near LaVerkin, 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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Jul 12, 2020
leafie sun
Jun 30, 2020
Breton Hallsted
May 28, 2020
Dane Iwata
Mar 6, 2020
Dave Miller
Feb 29, 2020
Mickey Jernigan
Feb 8, 2020
Tasha Zeiger
Nov 19, 2019
Jay Holsten
Nov 5, 2019
Miles Weaver
Upper JEM to Goosebump. Nice technical rock garden at the JEM Drops which leads to a fun wash just before Goosebump turnoff. w/ David & Vince