MTB Project Logo

Wire Mesa Loop

 4.6 (125)

A great technical singletrack that is more flowing than other mesa rides, but still has some fun, expert features.

Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key






4,502' 1,372 m


4,326' 1,319 m


428' 130 m


415' 127 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Family Friendly Fantastic vistas of Zion National Park, fun hiking, and a 3 mile out-and-back two track to a view point for beginners.

There is no camping allowed within 1/2 mile of the main road (Smithsonian Butte road).


The Wire Mesa Loop is a fun, technical singletrack with amazing vistas of Zion National Park. It's not a beginner trail because of the technical section. It's a faster, flowing trail compared to other mesa trails like Gooseberry Mesa, and provides a different riding experience for the area. It's also a great learning trail for peeps that are not quite ready to take on the more advanced mesa rides (gooseberry mesa). This trail has plenty of technical slick rock, lots of short up and downs that challenge cardiac fitness. Bring plenty of water. Drinking water is not available on the mesa. When dry and hot, can be sandy.

The loop was designed to ride both ways, and it's really fun in both directions. The west rim flows a littler faster clockwise, but the tech stuff on the east rim is a little easier ridden counterclockwise. Many peeps will want to ride it one direction, and then ride it the other way for a 15-mile ride. It feels like a different trail each direction. If traveling counter clockwise you will encounter slick rock pretty much immediately. For beginners it might be best to warm up on the west side of the trail by going clockwise before hitting the technical stuff on the east side.

There are three signed "Easy/More Difficult" splits along the trail. Be warned the "More Difficult" routes have Black Diamond level features. This map follows the easier option on the splits.

There is also a doubletrack road that travels 1.5 miles north from the trailhead that is a great beginner out-and-back ride. It goes to the rim with amazing views in every direction, and intersects the Wire Mesa Loop. Beginners can ride this doubletrack and meet the rest of their group for a break at the rim. The doubletrack also makes a great exit point if riders need to make an early exit from the loop.

Google Maps may give you the option of going up from Rockville or from Highway 59 on the Hurricane side. Do not go the Rockville way unless you have a good 4x4 vehicle.


Shared By:

Kevin Christopherson with improvements by Elizabeth Kellerman and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 125 votes


  4.6 from 125 votes
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Trail Rankings


in Utah


808 Views Last Month
27,624 Since Dec 8, 2016



Views of Zion National Park abound on Wire Mesa.
May 10, 2017 near Springdale, UT
Wire Mesa is on my do-it-again trail list!
May 10, 2017 near Springdale, UT
Great views from the mesa
Sep 25, 2017 near Springdale, UT
I had to stop for a moment to soak in the views so I could concentrate on the trails alongside the ledge later.
Apr 8, 2017 near Springdale, UT
Zion National Park juts out of the ground in the background.
May 10, 2017 near Springdale, UT
More great views
Sep 25, 2017 near Springdale, UT


Current Trail Conditions

Update Conditions
All Clear 1 day ago See History
Add Your Check-In


May 9, 2021
Chance Kinsman
May 9, 2021
Michael Gray
Mar 27, 2021
Riley Seeholzer
Mar 22, 2021
Joseph States
Austin, Martha, me, Tennessee, Tyler and Cindy
Feb 18, 2021
Sydney Aveson
Dec 28, 2020
Andy Nager
Dec 25, 2020
Beck M
8.8mi — 1h 20m
Nov 4, 2020
Dan Dillman
Parked part way up the super rocky steep hill. Rough start to the ride. Rode trail out/back. Sub 1 hr CCW and sub 50 min CW. Fun trail, great views 15mi

Stewarded By