This ride combines the 1st two-thirds of JEM Trail
with a new trail, Goosebump
. The combination makes a great loop ride. It then finishes with a sweet downhill on the part of JEM Trail
you climbed up earlier.
The ride starts out on JEM Trail
along the Virgin river. Leaving the parking lot, you ride high (2-300 feet) above the Virgin river. The ride along the river can be quite exciting and you need moderate skinny skills in places, but nothing is too hairy. You have gorgeous views of the surrounding mesas and deep into the Virgin River Gorge.
Eventually the trail cuts away from the river and will dump onto a dirt road. Head right across a wash (usually dry) and then immediately take a left. You'll see a brown trail marker marking the continuation of the JEM Trail
. You'll continue climbing and will need to negotiate several step ups along the way. All of the technical features are walkable if needed but are a hoot to ride if you can manage to do so.
At mile ten, you'll come to the intersection with Goosebump
- turn left. Goosebump
follows the contours of the mesa rising above you. The views are most excellent. The trail itself is pretty much a roller coaster, with short little climbs followed by short quick descents, over and over again.
In several places, the trail will split into a Blue and Green section. The Blues can be quite challenging. Riding along a short section at the top of a double fall line followed by a blind right turn with a pretty good descent. Scary, but doable though, just don't stop.
The green sections, on the other hand, are also quite fun and feature very nice smooth rollers that flow quite well. The advanced folks can really get going on them.
Eventually, the fun has to come to an end and Goosebump
finishes at a junction with several jeep/atv trails and Goosebump Rideout
. Goosebump Rideout
starts out as a jeep trail, narrows to atv, and finishes up as singletrack. It is a pretty rolling, swoopy descent.
You'll have to cross a road and continue on the singletrack till a junction marked cryptobiotic (a as yet unmapped trail). Turn right, this is back on JEM Trail
Finish up riding JEM Trail
down, for a pretty sweet return leg on what you rode up earlier.