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Gem Loop

Average Rating:    (4.15 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 26

This trail can be done as a shuttle or out and back trail. If you're lazy do the shuttle and it's about 6 miles or so all down hill, but if you want 12-13 miles of desert singletrack, do the out and back option. You'll have a steady climb, but it's worth it.
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Latitude
37.200048030274495
Longitude
-113.21333885192871
Trail Directions
From Hurricane, drive south on Hwy 9. The trail starts from a dirt road at approximately mile marker 17. The trail ends on Hwy 59 near the town of Virgin.
Trail Length
12-13 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Hurricane
   


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Review Date
July 7, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: awhuff ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a fantastic trail system, perhaps my favorite anywhere. The single track is perfectly buff and the scenery is very refreshing. Goulds Rim starts off with a very steep climb but once the initial climb is complete it is pure satisfaction the rest of the way. I love how you cross the road and immediately jump onto the JEM trail for some stunts and high speed cruising. By the time I hit the Hurricane Rim trail I was already tired but I had to dig deep to find the energy to get me through it. At times I felt like the Rim trail would never end with all of the climbing. Fortunately there is enough downhill on the Rim trail to keep you smiling. This trail makes you excited to be alive.

Recommended Route:
Goulds-JEM-Hurricane Rim.



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Review Date
January 13, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: lukel ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Tremendously fun trail. Slightly technical up top dropping into some small canyons, fast flowing singletrack the rest of the way.

Recommended Route:
As part of the Hurricane Rim loop. Around 21 miles.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Little creek, guacamole, hurricane rim, goulds, gooseberry, prospector, stucki springs......



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Review Date
April 9, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: svenagatha ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
JEM is awesome. The review that was written saying that its really bumpy isnt true, he must have been on the wrong trail. Maybe he thought that it was supposed to be paved or something. Anyway, the wife and I rode the loop today and it was great. There is a few rocky downhills that are kind of rough but my wife and I both ride hardtails and still have a blast. We have rode it two weekends in a row and we havent seen anyone else riding. That is kind of nice sometimes. This ride is not too hard and alot of fun. Just dont fall off the cliff. Thank you that is all.

Recommended Route:
When you get into hurricane turn left at 100 east. continue on that road until you get to the top of the hill that kind of twists. Imediatley turn left onto the red dirt road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
gooseberry.



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Review Date
April 22, 2005

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: DoorsFreak ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Holy crap! I rode this trail today (Friday April 22, 2005) for the first time in a few months, and its bumpier then ever. Once you drop down into the wash it is bumpy as can be. There are freakin hefers (cattle) everywhere and they use this singletrack as their own little highway. Once you cross the road and continue on, its still smooth down there. But the upper section is such a pain now because of the hefers. I like to ride the 21 mile loop, and next time im riding down the road to the dirt road to avoid this crappy section of the JEM.

Recommended Route:
Start at the hurricane trail head, and backtrack and go up the steep dirt road. This takes you to the Gould Rim Trail (fun as can be!) and then turns into the Gould Trail (also really fun). THen you cross the road over to the JEM Trailhead, follow the JEM to the Hurricane Canal Trail and head back to your car. Nice 21 mile workout! Give yourself a few hours if you want to do the loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Broken Rim Mesa, Slickrock Swamp, Prospector to Church Rocks, Greenvalley Racetrack.



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Review Date
July 31, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: beat box ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
this is an awesome trail. It is great for beginners and good for experinced riders all depending on which track tou choose. I am an experienced rider and know wher you can catch air so thats where I go . there is a pretty technical section at the beginning of the ride. so walk it if you have to. after that its nothing but a flow ride. just relax and take it in. its just a great trail and I am very lucky to have it be so close to me.

Recommended Route:
take the highway to fredonia, look for the crumbled pile of rocks on the right. after those about 100 feet take the left. thats all i need to say because it reall self expalitory after after that.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
hurricane rim,goosbury mesa, green valley loop, barrel roll, church rocks.



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