JEM Trail

 35 votes

6.9 Miles 11.1 Kilometers


916' 279 m


-64' -19 m


4,320' 1,317 m


3,455' 1,053 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (9°)

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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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A lot of new trail has been built up around the top end of the JEM Trail. Cryptobionic and Goosebumps were the (2) that we took, nice flawy, woopy trail...all FUN!! Feb 7, 2015

Rode it with Deadringer on the ascent, then all the way back down JEM to the lower parking lot. Good times. It's most easy flow stuff, but there is one really sketchy switchback that has the potential to be dangerous. If you have any doubts, it can be easily walked. There is also some exposure near the river, nothing too bad, but a couple areas where you wouldn't want to clip a pedal. Nov 11, 2016

Did this ride after a delayed flight lasting 35 hours from Oz and the drive from LA so wasnt really at my peak and struggled a bit on the way out into a headwind. This trail is a bit deceptive though. I thought it was relatively flat on the way out and on the way back the mojo kicked back in and I had a blast realising that there was a smooth flowy run in the downhill direction. Great scenery too Aug 23, 2017

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