“Best "downhill" section on the Gooseberry Mesa network; cool mini canyons.
— Kevin Christopherson
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. 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 available in the area.
Going clockwise, this trail starts as you branch off the South Rim Trail
heading north. It ends at the junction with the two track. It is not as technical as the South Rim, but still a challenge. This is one of my favorite trails, and it's always a tough decision whether to continue on the South Rim, or ride Hidden Canyon. It's similar to the South Rim, but it winds through some very cool mini-canyons. It is the best "downhill" section on the mesa.