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Hurricane Rim Loop - IMBA EPIC

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.1 (97) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

24.1

Miles

38.8

KM

90%

Singletrack

4,316' 1,316 m

High

3,455' 1,053 m

Low

1,523' 464 m

Up

1,526' 465 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

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Overview

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Kevin Christopherson with improvements by Evan Springer

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 96 votes

#103

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  4.1 from 96 votes
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#103

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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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Apr 20, 2021
Len Klun
Nice ride. Some tricky spots. Took my time and a lot of pictures. The rim trail views are amazing.
Apr 4, 2021
Gant Ginter
Mar 27, 2021
Kerry Norman
Very windy and cut the loop short - missed the best bits.
Mar 23, 2021
Jesse Tolley
27mi — 3h 52m
Mar 20, 2021
Colby Sturtevant
Mar 7, 2021
Nate Martin
Great views the whole way. Super satisfying descent down the JEM trail at the end, would recommend doing the loop counter counter-clockwise. 24mi — 3h 15m
Feb 2, 2021
Judd Rogers
Stellar conditions and phenomenal beauty and variety. World class. — 3h 00m
Jan 29, 2021
Sydney Aveson
22.5mi — 5h 50m

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