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Goosebump Loop

Intermediate
 4.2 (36) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A rolling climb with a roller coaster in the middle.


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13.3

Miles

21.4

KM

90%

Singletrack

4,029' 1,228 m

High

3,453' 1,052 m

Low

980' 299 m

Up

980' 299 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Allowed

Overview

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.

Need to Know

Bring water and food!

Description

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.

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Shared By:

Eric Decker with improvements by Daniel Schoon

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  4.2 from 36 votes

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Photos

Jeremy takes in the view from the lookout about 1 mile into the ride. Expect pretty spectacular views from the JEM Trail!
Mar 6, 2017 near LaVerkin, UT
This is the part where JEM really gets rockin'
Apr 2, 2015 near Hurricane, UT
A little pause to take it all in...
Mar 26, 2018 near LaVerkin, UT
Here comes a storm...
May 3, 2016 near LaVerkin, UT
Teena bombing it down the JEM trail back to the Sheep Bridge trailhead.  You can see the town of Virgin, and Zion National Park in the background.
Aug 11, 2013 near LaVerkin, UT
Almost at the end on Jem trail.
Apr 18, 2017 near LaVerkin, UT

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May 30, 2021
Scott Matthys
May 7, 2021
Alex Willard
Apr 19, 2021
Matt Am
Apr 2, 2021
Cindy Gerk
Feb 25, 2021
Akaash T
13.4mi
Nov 29, 2020
WILLIAM TANNER
EXTREMELY DRY and DUSTY! GREAT ride! 13.7mi — 1h 49m
Oct 9, 2020
Steve Degner
Great ride, great photos! 13.5mi — 1h 32m
Sep 30, 2020
Nickol Moran
super fun 13.3mi — 2h 30m

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