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24.1 mile 38.8 kilometer loop
90% Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,523' 464 m
Descent: -1,526' -465 m
High: 4,316' 1,316 m
Low: 3,455' 1,053 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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Trail shared by Kevin Christopherson

A popular loop that combines three fun trails with easy climbs, fast descending, and great vistas.

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One of the best link-ups in Southern Utah. This loop includes the Hurricane Rim Trail, Goulds Rim, and JEM Trail for 20+ miles on mostly singletrack This loop is a roller coaster ride with great vistas, easy climbing, fast flowing descending, and some technical sections. It combines most of the trails in this network.

Description

Because it combines three different trails you can start from any one of the trailheads. I prefer to start at the lower JEM Trail trailhead because it's fun to end the ride on the JEM Trail descent, but all three will work. Going this way, there is one short (1.5 mile) steep (500 feet) and rocky climb about eight miles into the ride. The lower JEM trailhead can be a little tricky to find, but the MTB Project mobile app should lead you right to it. Turn right off of State Road 9 onto Sheep Bridge Road just before you enter Virgin, Utah. Cross the Virgin River and take the first right after the cattle guard. Follow the two track to the end (this is the trailhead).

The trail starts as you leave the parking lot heading west downstream along the rim above the Virgin River. There are great views of the river with Zion National Park in the background. The trail is obvious at this point. As you leave the canyon rim the trail crosses 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 - turn right onto the Hurricane Rim Trail and you're on your way. Follow this fun rocky trail along the rim above the river to the Hurricane Rim trailhead. From the Hurricane Rim trailhead, go down the highway about 1000 feet. (Be careful on the highway because the shoulder is very narrow.) Turn onto the doubletrack on your left and climb for about two miles and then, as you reach the top of the hill, watch for the singletrack branching off to the left.

Follow the Goulds Rim trail flowing climb until you cross a well maintained gravel road and look for corrals across this road. Head toward the corrals and follow the dirt road passing the corrals on the south (right). You'll see another brown sign marking the singletrack just past the corrals. Follow the trail until it crosses State Road 59 again (this time heading north). After crossing the highway take the short dirt road south to the upper JEM parking lot.

Ride through the parking lot and look for the singletrack on your right (east) immediately after crossing the fence on a small bike cattle guard. Get ready for one of the best xc descents anywhere. Simply follow the JEM Trail singletrack back to the lower JEM parking area (and your car). The singletrack crosses a few dirt roads, but you'll be having so much fun you may not even notice.

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May 8, 2019
Alejandro Cazar
Apr 23, 2019
Bill Westervelt
Rode this starting from JEM lot. If I did it again I would start with the climb up Gould road to get it out of the way when I was fresh and not hot. 25mi — 3h 20m
Apr 20, 2019
Tim Bradshaw
Apr 14, 2019
B M
24.2mi
Mar 29, 2019
Valerie Brodbeck
Mar 28, 2019
Chad $
Long cross country ride, with very little downhill payoff. Downhill is lame! — 4h 00m
Mar 27, 2019
Lance Shelton
25.4mi — 4h 00m
Mar 27, 2019
Rami Harasimowicz

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So they call this an epic and it most certainly is. In so many different ways. There were definitely some hike-a-bike sections for me but I don't bike that often so it's understandable. A few rock gardens that got to me as well, but I was cool with walking, better than getting flown out of there! The trail is a great mix of up and down. The serious downhill starts hooking back up with the JEM trail about 3-4 mi out from the parking spot. I used the app and I gotta say, it really saved me from making some serious mistakes. So if you do this trail, use the app. It's great for a first timer like me. 1 IMBA epic down.... Feb 28, 2018
We finished this loop in about 4 hours with breaks (we had a few bonus miles and peddled from our campsite near the Jem trailhead to make it about 28 miles total). We rode Jem, Crypobionic, Hurricane Rim, Goulds Rim and ended on Deadringer. All fun. The climbs on Hurricane Rim are punchy, short, technical and loose and the descents are a mix of flow and tech. I'm an intermediate when it comes to tech and I cleaned everything on the descents. Had to walk a couple of the climbs as they were pretty loose. My husband cleared most of them. The climb out of Hurricane Rim to Goulds (on the double track, just down the highway) was nice; not a lung buster if you spin it up. Goulds Rim was simply beautiful. A mix of tech and flow, just enough to keep you honest and the climbs weren't as bad as Hurricane. Short, punchy, hard pack and rock. Deadringer (across the highway, at the Jem trailhead) was a blast. Twisty, fun with a few rock features at the start to remind you to keep your speed in check. Then it resembles a twisty, fast, flowy pump track. Really easy to go fast. A great end to a fun day! Nov 14, 2018
Steve Giberson
Irvine, CA
Steve Giberson   Irvine, CA
Bring lots of water. I did this one last year...or should I say, it did me. I thought I started with a full bladder on my CamelBak, but it was a hot day and I ran out of water about two-and-a-half hours into a four-hour ride. Not very pleasant. Apr 30, 2019

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