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6.4 mile 10.3 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 553' 168 m
Descent: -421' -128 m
High: 3,789' 1,155 m
Low: 3,514' 1,071 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (8°)


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Fun rocky singletrack that meanders above the Virgin River gorge.

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This trail is an easy black diamond or hard intermediate ride, take your pick. I went with a black diamond rating because it's rocky and has some steep climbing/descending as it meanders along the rim above the Virgin River gorge. It's the most technical trail in this network. The Hurricane Rim trail is an out-and-back trail, but is often combined with the JEM Trail and Goulds Rim Trail to make a 20+ mile loop. As with all of the trails in the Hurricane, Utah area, there are amazing vistas in almost every direction. You're at the doorstep of Zion National Park.

It can be ridden from either the lower JEM trailhead, or the Hurricane Rim trailhead.

To get to the lower JEM trailhead go east on State Road 9 and 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).

For the Hurricane Rim trailhead, go south about a mile on US-59 up the hill above Hurricane City. Watch for the Hurricane Rim trailhead on your left. The parking area shares space with cell phone towers. Starting from the Hurricane Rim trailhead go east up the hill just outside of the fence that follows the highway. It is easy to follow. Don't let the first hill climb freak you out, it gets easier once you're on top.


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Apr 18, 2019
Jesse Jorgensen
rode down and back from parking lot off of 59. brutal climbing there gradual on way back with flowy singletrack switchbacks 12.8mi
Sep 3, 2018
Gordy Shields
Feb 7, 2018
Linda Lee
Did part of Rim with Jem and Cryptobionic.
Dec 29, 2017
Stoney Vintson
rode with Logan from Logan Utah
Oct 27, 2017
Lost Justpastnowhere
Aug 10, 2017
Justin Cadieux
Oct 22, 2016
Sean Hawes
16mi — 2h 20m
Jan 18, 2016
Will Baird

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This trail sucks! It starts with uphill riding on loose gravel and rocks with terrible traction. Loose rock and gravels continue for almost the whole trail which would make you feel hopeless going uphill and you can't really enjoy the downhill because you have to go really slow. Tons of invasive russin thistle and other thorny plants along the trail would make your stop miserable. Not worth doing Nov 4, 2017
I did this trail today and have to respectfully disagree with Meteor Liu. Most of the trail is hard packed, with quite some rock sections thrown in, sometimes this makes for fairly technical climbs, but doable descents. Towards the end (near jem trail) the surface is more clay-ish. Overall this trail seems to need a couple days to dry after rains (i did it in early march, 2 days after a fairly big rainstorm. there were a buch of puddles but the trail had just become dry enough to ride) I enjoyed the trail a lot, it was fairly flowy though it's true that you can't go flat-out fast in the descents because it's quite twisty, has a bunch of switchbacks and some brush along the side (maybe not as much since it was only early march?). some of the turns actually have berms. But the views were beautiful. If I would say one negative thing about this trail, it would be that starting from the hurricane rim trailhead, the first climb is quite steep and tough when you're not warmed up. Mar 4, 2019

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