MTB Project Logo

Remote mesa with breathtaking views and good riding.


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

14.2

Miles

22.9

KM

95%

Singletrack

5,829' 1,777 m

High

5,370' 1,637 m

Low

1,013' 309 m

Up

1,013' 309 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Features Drops/Jumps · Views

Overview

This 13.5-mile loop takes you through technical slickrock features and offers breathtaking views of the Hurricane Valley, Zion National Park, and Gooseberry Mesa. The trail navigates between intermediate and advanced level riding, with optional rock rollers that will test even the most experienced riders. Much of this mesa offers more "flow" than nearby Gooseberry Mesa but is also considerably more challenging to navigate. This route links together some of the best riding of the West Loop and North Point Loop.

Description

Park at the Little Creek Mesa Trailhead (37.05969, -113.22555) and start pedaling west down a road for a short section before taking a right onto the trail system. You'll be immediately greeted with a punchy climb, reaching the top of the short hill and following the singletrack trail into your first rock slab.

On the slab, work left following the well-marked cairns west towards the west loop. Cross a road 0.7 miles into the trail and navigate through more slickrock via cairns until reaching more sustained singletrack. West Loop showcases unbelievable views of the surrounding valleys.

The trail encroaches within mere feet of the mesa's cliffside and even has a feature where a stacked rock lets you roll over a void of the valley below. Once the singletrack of west loop ends, you are greeted with more slickrock and sandstone. The sandstone generally has marked cairns, though you'll likely stray off route a few times. Luckily, finding your way back onto the path is not too difficult. After 6.8 miles of riding, you reach the beginning of the North Loop. Go left here for 0.5 miles before reaching an intersection of the North Point Loop.


The North Point Loop Loop is 4.1 miles long and can be ridden in both directions, I prefer to ride it counterclockwise as it makes the slickrock more enjoyable. Immediately upon starting this trail, the cairns become more sparse and navigation more difficult. Keep your head up and follow the fun slickrock, exploring where you can, until you reach a more obvious trail of the North Point Loop h Loop. Ride around the rim to another iconic viewpoint until you loop back to the intersection where you were before.

At this point you'll be nearing the end of the ride. hop back on the West Loop for one of my favorite sections: the Waterfall. This is a narrow path that takes through a dry fall that sometimes is filled with water. This is probably the hardest single descent of the entire trail. Watch your bars as you smash down the chute, it's easy to clip them. Once at the bottom, you'll face the hardest climb of the day. Push through 1.2 more miles until reaching the initial trail you climbed in on. Work your way over the last hill and you'll find yourself back at the car.

History & Background

Lots of native artifacts and petroglyphs can be found out here if you look closely. Please be respectful - don't touch or ride over them!

Contacts

Shared By:

Marley Nelson

Trail Ratings

  5.0 from 1 vote

#1634

Overall
  5.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
100%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Recommended Route Rankings

#93

in Utah

#1,634

Overall
0 Views Last Month
0 Since Apr 21, 2024
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

0%
0%
0%
100%
0%
0%

Photos

Crossing a bridge with high consequence, with Zion NP in the background.
May 3, 2016 near Hurricane, UT
A friend drops one of the many slickrock features on Little Creek Mesa.
Mar 20, 2017 near Hurricane, UT
Beautiful views in Utah
Aug 14, 2016 near Hurricane, UT
Stunning vistas in Utah
Aug 14, 2016 near Hurricane, UT
Fatty on the slick rock in Utah
Aug 14, 2016 near Hurricane, UT
If you see these amazing petroglyphs, please be careful and courteous. Don't ride on or near.
Mar 30, 2018 near Hurricane, UT

0 Comments

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Unknown
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

none
Welcome

Join the Community

Create your FREE account today!
Already have an account? Login to close this notice.

Get Started