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Goosebump Loop


A rolling climb with a roller coaster in the middle.

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4,029' 1,228 m


3,453' 1,052 m


980' 299 m


980' 299 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (9°)

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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.

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Bring water and food!


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.


Shared By:

Eric Decker with improvements by Daniel Schoon

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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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Jun 30, 2020
Doug Reid
Love this trail system. 5mi — 12h 02m
Jun 21, 2019
Heidi Hatch
Woke up at 5:15am to ride this and cryptobiotic with dad and Jonny. Exposure at beginning with wash. Flat ride with beautiful views of the Mesas.
Jun 13, 2019
Taylor Rudd
Did from cryptobionic to goosebump And back along Jem trail 11mi
Jun 6, 2019
Chris Parker
May 26, 2019
Trent Madsen
Apr 26, 2019
Alexander Lex
Apr 17, 2019
Casey Gibbs
Great trail — 2h 20m
Apr 14, 2019
Tim Bradshaw