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Goosebump Loop

 13 votes

13.3 Miles 21.4 Kilometers


90%

Singletrack

980' 299 m

Ascent

-980' -299 m

Descent

4,029' 1,228 m

High

3,453' 1,052 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

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A rolling climb with a roller coaster in the middle.

Eric Decker

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.
Dogs: Off-leash

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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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Jan 13, 2018
Tyson Clay
Missed the turn from Cryptobionic to Jem and had to take hurricane rim back to jem. Cool ride, and a lot more climbing than expected! 16mi
Dec 31, 2017
Abe Ferraro
It is a roller coaster! 11mi
Nov 25, 2017
Ken Driscoll
Oct 7, 2017
Lacy J
Jun 29, 2017
Sarah Harvey
May 9, 2017
Boardin Cuban
Apr 18, 2017
Airin Harris
Apr 13, 2017
Jacob Crockett
Great loop for young kids 13mi

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  3.8 from 13 votes

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Minor Issues 3 days ago
Muddy, Mostly Dry - Dry enough to ride, though there are a few patches with sticky/slippery mud. Not enough to rut the trail though.
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My first time mountain biking, I just purchased a hard tail GIANT 29er talon, and I had the opportunity to ride this grueling, joking easy ride of 7 miles I enjoyed it. Nov 11, 2017

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