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Broken Mesa Loop

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 2.5 (11) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An awesome technical downhill on singletrack. Recommended for skilled riders w/ full suspension.


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15.5

Miles

24.9

KM

50%

Singletrack

5,113' 1,558 m

High

3,112' 949 m

Low

2,078' 633 m

Up

2,083' 635 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

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Overview

This ride includes a pretty mellow initial climb leading to a fun long downhill. You can ride this as a loop, like it's mapped here, or a point to point.

This is one of the most fun trails in St. George. Aside from the climb, this trail includes some technical sections with rough lava boulders, and a half-mile decent that's fairly steep and challenging for expert riders.

Description

This loop is recommended for advanced riders. You can do this ride as a big loop with a dirt road climb or as a point-to-point if you shuttle.

Assuming that you're doing the entire loop as it is mapped here, pedal up the road for roughly six miles until you reach the Broken Mesa Rim Trail. The trail starts at the northern end of the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. The first part of the singletrack climb is fairly smooth, then it gets steeper and rougher. At 0.5 mile, the trail reaches a doubletrack with a pipeline on the far side. Find the continuing singletrack trail on your right, just across the pipeline. The climb gets a bit more technical, with frequent basalt rocks to negotiate, and depending on the season, occasional loose babyhead rocks.

Follow Broken Mesa Rim Trail until you come to a junction with Icehouse Trail. Enjoy the 6 miles of almost non-stop downhill, descending 2000 vertical feet. There are occasional very short gentle climbs to keep you honest. Intermittent pumice boulders situated in the trail surface raise the overall technical level to upper-intermediate. The final 1/3-mile plunge off the mesa is advanced technical and requires good skills.

At mile 13, turn right onto a dirt road and follow it the rest of the way back to the parking lot.

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Shared By:

Edward-Bam Lopez

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  2.5 from 11 votes

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From Broken Mesa Trail.
Jun 4, 2016 near Washington, UT
From Broken Mesa Trail.
Jun 4, 2016 near Washington, UT
Trail runs through lava boulders near the mesa top
Feb 19, 2015 near Washington, UT
Broken Mesa Loop Trail initially climbs toward the Broken Mesa Rim
Feb 19, 2015 near Washington, UT

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Apr 6, 2018
Mark Jolley
Jan 26, 2018
Anthony Capilli
May 15, 2017
Dan Davie
Jun 4, 2016
Rick Shelton
15.2mi — 4h 12m
Apr 9, 2015
dave morhan
10mi — 4h 00m