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Gooseberry Mesa - The Big Loop

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13.1 Miles 21.0 Kilometers



519' 158 m


-518' -158 m



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Max Grade (4°)

5,403' 1,647 m


5,068' 1,545 m



Minor Issues 23 hours ago
Road to the trailhead is very rutted for the first 0.5 miles, than it improves. 4x4 vehicles are getting through, you can bike up the road if you don't have one. History

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A local and global favorite - longer and more difficult than the South Rim and Hidden Canyon Loop.

Kevin Christopherson

Bureau of Land Management Treasures

One of the Bureau of Land Management's "Backyard to Backcountry" treasures, this trail was developed between the Dixie MTB Trails Assoc and the St. George, UT BLM office to provide world-class riding experiences.

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Gooseberry Mesa is a world class trail. You'll literally meet people from all over the world riding here. It's one of the best technical trails anywhere with rolling slickrock, twisty singletrack, and vistas to die for. I rated this loop black diamond overall, but there are some sections on the South Rim Trail that are double black diamond.

There are many different ways to ride this trail network, and they are all awesome. 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, follows the rim around to the North Rim Trail, to the Windmill trail, back to Bowls and Ledges, 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. There is primitive camping in the area.

Need to Know

There is no drinking water available on the mesa. Do not attempt to drive on the road after a storm. This road becomes impassable to 4x4 vehicles when it is muddy.


The turnoff to Gooseberry Mesa is about 15 minutes east of Hurricane, Utah on Highway 59. There is a large sign on the highway directing you to Gooseberry Mesa. Turn north here onto an unpaved road. Follow the signs for about 30 minutes to the White Trail. The road is a little bumpy in places, but I've seen all types of cars at the trailhead. Just go slow if you are driving a low clearance vehicle. You can ride this trail year round, but do not try the road after a storm. When muddy It is impassable, even for 4x4 vehicles.

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 technical because the South Rim Trail has several double black diamond sections.

This ride starts heading south on the South Rim Trail that leaves directly from the White Trail. The sequence of trails going clockwise is; South Rim Trail - (view point) - North Rim Trail - Windmill Trail (out and back) - Bowls and Ledges - Practice Trail. This loop is only 13 miles, but don't be fooled. It will take most people around four hours to complete. This loop takes in all of the network except Hidden Canyon and part of the Practice Trail. This ride can be ridden either direction, and easily modified. For example, you can cut off the out and back on the Windmill Trail and go directly onto Bowls and Ledges; or instead of backtracking on the Windmill Trail, you can loop around on the dirt road back to the White Trail.

History & Background

This trail was created by the Harris brothers over 20 years ago. Morgan and others still work to maintain it. The effort that went into this trail, and still goes on, is a testament to the positive vibe of the mountain bike tribe. In 2006 it was granted National Recreation Trail Status. The BLM does a good job maintaining, and improving, the infrastructure associated with this trail network.


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Kevin Christopherson
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Kevin Christopherson   Washington, UT
September is a good time. It’s a transition month. Highs can be in the 90’s early in the month and 70’s later depending on current weather patterns. Mar 19, 2018
My wife and I rode here for a Bontrager photo shoot & video in 2016. Some wicked fun trails Mar 22, 2018
Great addition to any trip to Zion! Mar 26, 2018

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