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Zen Trail

 4.4 (85)

5.7 Miles 9.1 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

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

Shared By Richie Trent

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All around great desert singletrack providing amazing flow, technical sections, slickrock, and views

Richie Trent

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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.

Overview

This trail provides all aspects of mountain biking. Amazing flow, techy sections, slickrock, drops, you-name-it!

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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Dec 17, 2018
David Zimbelman
Short, technical loop. 6mi — 1h 30m
Nov 24, 2018
Dustin Burgin
Nov 22, 2018
hdjohnson
Out n back hike to the top. 5mi
Nov 21, 2018
Bill Warner
Nov 3, 2018
Dany Sosa
Oct 19, 2018
Holly Godsey
This trail is nuts! Be ready for hike-a-bike if you're an intermediate rider!
Oct 9, 2018
Sara Heuston
Sep 30, 2018
Dustin DeFranco

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  4.4 from 83 votes

#48

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  4.4 from 83 votes
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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
I spent a week in the Hurricane/St George area riding all the popular spots. Zen was the highlight of my trip. If you are an intermediate or above rider I highly recommend this trail. As others have said the grind up is a grind but the down is full perma-smile. I don't consider it as scenic as Gooseberry and Guacamole, but the adrenaline on the down makes up for it. Aug 2, 2018

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