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Gooseberry Mesa

Average Rating:    (4.54 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 105

Intense desert wilderness riding. Slickrock, desert singletrack, trail winds near cliff edges with 1000' drop-offs- this area has it all. Not for amateurs. Bring plenty of H20 (you might want a H20 purifier, since there is some standing water in cattle holes). Try to score a good map- we had a shitty one, and got significantly lost. Keep in mind- this ain't Slickrock Trail; this is wilderness, so know what you're doing. Probably not a ride for the height of summer.
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Latitude
37.127476151584425
Longitude
-113.12484741210937
Trail Directions
From Hurricane, head S towards Colorado City. you'll pass a
Trail Length
15 miles??
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Hurricane
   


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Review Date
May 11, 2016

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: devincigirl1 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Tried to beat the threatening rain, but missed, just at the wrong time: 2-3 trail signs have been ripped out, at least one right at its base. Along the North Rim/Bowls and Ledges and White Trail intersections.

Thank goodness we had the TrailForks app of the area to backtrack and figure out where the hell we were. This was our first trip out there. Shout out to IMBA and area trail keepers: the trail signs need significant work. The TF app was accurate for the vicinity - saved us from getting lost and hypothermic in what became a downpour.

If you haven't been out to the Mesa yet, stop by Over the Edge in Hurricane - they have current road conditions info. The road into the Mesa is the nerd filter, not the ride itself. The road is on clay and when wet, you can easily get stuck. Lots of great dispersed primitive and private camping in the trees near the North Rim TH.

With the rain coming down, we headed over to Cottonwood TH/Prospector/ChurchRocks trail - good alternate on a wet-ish day!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Boy Scouts - don't let the name fool you - these are wicked technical trails.



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Review Date
May 21, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: mtnbikej ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
5th time out was the charm. We get out there once every few years, and it's been several. Brought some friends out for new dirt/rock/trails.

The first thing I noticed is that the main White Trail head is much easier to find thanks to the signs, and that the dirt road is in great shape compare to how it used to be.

Looks as though they changed a couple of trail names. Cattle Grate seems to be renamed as part of South Rim.

Trail is easy to follow, but easy to lose if you lose track of the white dots. Forget how much fun the ups and downs are. The tight turns....the quick step ups. Definately not a fast flowy trail. Not a wide open trail. There is some nice exposure on South Rim while riding on the rim. Don't miss out on Hidden Canyon. Explored out this time and ride the Windmill Trail(clockwise). This was the closest to a normal XC trail there is on the Mesa. Really fun trail....will definately keep it on the map for next time.

Have been out there at the extreme end of the weater spectrum...44 degrees and 105 degrees. This time we were welcomed by thunderstorms and temps between 70-80....perfect.

You can do all the trails on the Mesa in an afternoon. There is not much elevation gain, but you will feel like you did 2x more riding than you actually did.

The 4 other times we have ridden out there seemed to be tougher. This time out I found all the climbs to be much easier....even running 1x9, I never thought I needed more gear.

I prefer to ride all the trails as out n backs....they are just as fun in either direction.

Everyone should experience Gooseberry at least once if not multiple times.

Recommended Route:
From White Trail head/Parking lot

South Rim to Point.....back to Hidden Canyon....cross White Trail to North Rim, right turn to Bowls and Ledges, left turn to Windwill Trail(clockwise), back to North Rim to Practice Loop....finish in White Trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Goulds/JEM/Hurricane Rim loop



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Review Date
October 2, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: John S. ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
We road this area in late Sept 2011. It was the most fun we have had MT Biking. The best part was that there we no long climbs. Just short bursts of speed needed to attach an incline obstacle, then an appropriate downhill stretch. And the views were magnificent.

We drove up from Rockville on what the locals appropriately call “Cry Baby Hill”. My 4X4 F-250 did fine, but it was very bumpy and hard on the bikes. We returned south to the Highway (59). It was a bit longer back to our RV in Virgin, but worth the extra time.

Recommended Route:
There is something for everyone. We did most of the trails and found a few to be a little over the top and walked a good portion of Bowls and Ledges. The Practice Loop and the Windmill trails were a blast. As an earlier comment suggested, take plenty of water. It was full sun by 9AM and we left about 11:30. We were told the white dots were the only markings. They were there as promised, but there are also BLM trail signs that named the trails and stated the level of difficulty.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The J.E.M trail is also a blast. But not near as diverse as the Goose.



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Review Date
September 14, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: abegold ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The most fun I've ever had on a bicycle. Don't miss Yellow Trail, South Rim, Hidden Canyon, Bowls and Ledges.
There is a radical downhill off the mesa, Grafton Mesa trail.
There is a bathroom on the mesa and trail maps at trailheads, junctions have markings. Bring your camera.

Recommended Route:
Start at trailhead taking north rim west to point then return via Yellow Trail, South Rim to Hidden Canyon both ways and continue on South Rim east to the trailhead. There is a seperate trailhead for the Windmill Trail which leads to the North Rim Trail. Easier riding but big cliffs, then head into Bowls and Ledges.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Save a day for sweet Little Creek Mountain. Hard to find.
Slickrock Swamp is tasty. Zen Trail, by St George is even tougher than Goose but a great tech climbing challenge.
Grafton Mesa, JEM, Guacamole.



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Review Date
August 4, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ejasonm ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I thought this trail was incredible. I travel around the country for work and had the opportunity to check Gooseberry out and it was totally worth it. I had to ride it myself and i did take a crash to my chin, but that didn't stop me from riding for another hour. If you do go in the summer, go early.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The only other ride i got to do was Thunder Mountain by bryce.



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