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1.8 mile 2.8 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 61' 19 m
Descent: -115' -35 m
High: 5,329' 1,624 m
Low: 5,240' 1,597 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)


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Best "downhill" section on the Gooseberry Mesa network; cool mini canyons.

Kevin Christopherson

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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.


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Incredible! Different trail every time it turns! 1.8mi — 0h 25m
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Adam Mattessich
New York, NY
Adam Mattessich   New York, NY
One of the best trails in the Gooseberry system. You can ride this as part of a figure 8 connecting north and south rim trails. HC offers shoots and rollers and tight twisty turns...lots of fun and about the same tech as the South Rim but without the exposure. Aug 5, 2018

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