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Zen Trail

 76 votes

Length

5.7 Miles 9.1 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

Elevation

973' 297 m

Ascent

-974' -297 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

3,410' 1,039 m

High

2,722' 830 m

Low

Conditions


All Clear 48 days ago
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All around great desert singletrack providing amazing flow, technical sections, slickrock, and views

Richie Trent

Overview

This trail is located on private property. Please stay on the trails, and respect all closures and signs. Camping is not permitted on private land.
This trail provides all aspects of mountain biking. Amazing flow, techy sections, slickrock, drops, you-name-it!
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Description

Head up W Canyon View Dr. on the west side of St. George until it ends and becomes BLM land. You'll drop down from the mesa into the desert where you'll see trails going off in every direction.

As you look West from this point, there is a large gap in the land that rises before you. If you stay to the left side of this gap and follow the fire road up, staying along the north side of the ridge, the fire road eventually turns into trail in about 1/4-mile.

At this point you simply follow the Zen trail to the top, where you'll crest the mesa and get stunning views of the desert landscape. From this point, following the Zen trail in the counter-clockwise direction, it is mostly downhill with a few short sections of climbing. There is one spot where the trail splits and you want to stay LEFT. If you want to go right it will take you down to a fire road where you can head north back to where the loop starts.

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May 22, 2018
Tom Nisson
Apr 24, 2018
Alexandre Bouchu
17.4mi
Apr 20, 2018
Chris Mak
Fun riding but not well marked, lost of offshoots to get confused by.
Apr 16, 2018
Raymond Trevino
Very fun trail just make sure to use this app. 5.7mi
Apr 2, 2018
Brandon Henderson
Mar 26, 2018
Lee Roquet
Fun ride and a good mix of what you expect. Trail was easy to navigate. 8.9mi — 1h 15m
Mar 25, 2018
Tyson Clay
Slow climb for me and Ty, very technical 5.7mi
Mar 24, 2018
Matt Phillips
What a blast! Will definitely be back to do again. 5.7mi

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Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 76 votes

#43

Overall
  4.4 from 76 votes
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#9

in Utah

#43

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33,176 Since May 14, 2013
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A great ride that deserves multiple laps once you've figured out a few little spots where route finding isn't intuitive. There are a few challenging steps up and steep roll overs with some flow in between. A great combo of fast and slow, up and down. Route finding is the only drawback. Feb 7, 2016
Abe Gold
Tucson, AZ
Abe Gold   Tucson, AZ
Overall I find this trail more difficult technically than Gooseberry overall but shorter. Similar but steeper. The climb up to the ridge is tough for my old legs. Wouldn't bring a beginner here unless young and tough, it's a work out. Great views and challenge best not ridden in summer. Jul 5, 2017
This is one of Utah’s best trails, in my opinion. More challenging than Gooseberry, but with a descent that makes the uphill suffering worth it (Gooseberry has no descent more than a few yards). It doesn’t offer the downhill of Porcupine or Captain Ahab, but it is less crowded and the uphill is more engaging (and more easily accessible) than HyMasa. This is a true all-around trail, with singletrack, slickrock, flow, tech, views, alternate lines, and several spots that most will walk. Zen can be ridden year round (and sheds water quickly), and is most definitely better ridden counterclockwise than clockwise. I’d put this up there with Crest, Ahab, Porcupine, Gooseberry, and etc. Certainly not the destination trail that those are, but one you shouldn’t miss if you’re in the area. Mar 23, 2018

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