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Hurricane Rim Loop - IMBA EPIC

 4.1 (65)

24.1 Miles 38.8 Kilometers



1,523' 464 m


-1,526' -465 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (9°)

4,316' 1,316 m


3,455' 1,053 m




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

Kevin Christopherson

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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.


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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Sep 27, 2018
Lucas Gebin
Sep 10, 2018
Heinz Baumann
Apr 15, 2018
John Peterson
Great ride 25mi — 3h 30m
Apr 9, 2018
Jeremy Walsh
Apr 3, 2018
Colin Gruen
Solid. Trails in good condition. Not nearly as technical as I’d have thought 25.2mi
Apr 2, 2018
Anna Christenson
Mar 29, 2018
Lucas C
Hard long climbs. Jem Trail is golden 18mi
Mar 28, 2018
Piotr Gajos

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This is an excellent ride, world-class. I have to say that the directions provided in this Featured Ride description are confusing and insufficient in several areas. Of particular note is the step following the 1000 foot highway ride and the two-mile doubletrack climb. I had a hard time locating any singletrack branching off to the left of that road, and only found the trail after some scouting. Apr 26, 2017
Dave JM  
Winds can be 10-15 kts stronger on top of Hurricane Rim then they are forecast in town. May 2, 2017
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

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