“A steep, road-trace descent with nice views and just a touch of exposure.
— Eric Ashley
• There is no source of water on this ride. Carry plenty of water for each member of your party.
• This is a multi-use trail that is open to pedestrians, mountain bikers, equestrian users, and motorized traffic.
• Conditions change rapidly with weather events and during spring runoff. Check with the Monticello Ranger District for updated information.
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The Gooseberry Trail (445) connects from the East Gooseberry Road (094) down to the South Cottonwood Road (106) over the course of three miles. The rocky road-trace adds up to a lot of braking due to prolonged steep sections.
From the top, look for the faint road-trace off of East Gooseberry Road (094). The trail heads southeast along a gradual climb through scattered trees. After less than half-a-mile of riding, the trail begins to descend as the grand vista of the adjacent valley comes into view.
Soon, the rocky doubletrack comes alongside an eroded slope. At no point does the trail get too close to the edge, but curious riders may want to venture out for a better view. The steeper descent continues over the next few miles and many of the views are once again hidden.
Eventually, the grade mellows out near a low meadow, followed by a series of switchbacks. As the trail continues, it turns north and maintains a gradual descent until it connects with South Cottonwood Road (106).