Gooseberry Mesa - South Rim and Hidden Canyon loop
ElevationAscent: 361' 110 m
Descent: -360' -110 m
High: 5,329' 1,624 m
Low: 5,138' 1,566 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)
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“It's Gooseberry baby. One of the most famous trails in mountain biking.”— Kevin Christopherson
The trail is marked with white paint dots on the slickrock and signs at the junctions. It is a difficult trail, but there are no surprises. If you don't feel comfortable riding a section, simply walk it. The loop described here starts on the South Rim, branches onto Hidden Canyon and ends on the Practice Trail. If this is your first time, you may want to ride the Practice Trail first to get your Gooseberry groove on. Bring lots of water. There is no drinking water available on the mesa. Primitive camping is permitted in the area.
The Gooseberry Mesa trail network sits at 5200 feet elevation on a slickrock mesa and it's like a giant urban bike park. The trail is marked with white paint dots on the slickrock and signs at the junctions. The network is a bit of a maze, but fairly easy to follow. The trail undulates up and down house size sandstone mounds and twists through tight rock canyons. It's the perfect technical mountain bike trail.
There are many ways to connect the various trails to make it longer or shorter, harder or easier, and they're all good. The loop described here is moderately technical (for Gooseberry), taking in part of the more difficult South Rim and finishing on the practice Trail.
The ride as mapped starts on the South Rim trail that leaves directly from the White Trail heading south. The sequence of trails going clockwise is; South Rim Trail - Hidden Canyon - (connector trail) - North Rim Trail - Bowls and Ledges - Practice Trail. This loop is only 8 miles, but don't be fooled. It will take most people around three hours to complete.
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Local Club: Dixie Mountain Bike Trails Association
May 14, 2019: 13th Hole – April 30, 2019
Apr 8, 2019: Iron Giants Trail – Fall of 2018
Land Manager: BLM Utah - St. George Field Office