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JEM Trail

Average Rating:    (3.63 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

This is the trail misnamed the "Gem Loop" in the Utah section of these reviews. It's half fire-road and half single-track (see review for details). I'm posting a review both here and under "Gem Loop."
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Latitude
37.20001384693288
Longitude
-113.21338176727295
Trail Directions
Take Utah Highway 9 to Sheeps Bridge Road at mile 17. At that milepost Mesa Road, which is signed, goes north, while Sheeps Bridge Road, which is unsigned, goes south. The government has just completed a new bridge over the Virgin River on Sheeps Bridge Road, and right after it you'll turn right on a double-track and park 0.2 miles (~320m) down it at the rim of the Virgin River. If you don't want to get your car dusty, though, just park in the town of Virgin, Utah, itself--it hardly extends the distance or increases the difficulty. If coming from the east, be aware that the U.S. National Park Service charges a stiff $20 toll to drive through Zion National Park. It might be faster, and will likely be cheaper, to take another approach.
Trail Length
13 miles (21 km)
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Virgin
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Review Date
June 28, 2010

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rpalmer ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode the JEM trail because it was on the way to Gooseberry Mesa and I'd heard it was a decent ride. I thought it was ok, but nothing to write home about. With Gooseberry Mesa right there, and Little Creek a short distance away and plenty of other fantastic rides in the vicinity, I can't recommend this trail. I started on the south end and rode to the northern end. I found nothing particularly technical or dangerous, and I never progressed from "cruising speed" to "fast". The scenery is interesting at first but it never changes. I finished my ride by taking the Hurrican Rim trail into Hurricane (also not recommended).

Recommended Route:
If you really want to ride the JEM, start at the southern end and ride one way (out and back would be a boring day, but in that case start on the North end so you can finish going downhill). You will see a sign directing you to well maintained parking area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Gooseberry Mesa, Little Creek, Bearclaw Poppy/Stucky Springs, The Zen Trail



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Review Date
November 6, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: nomasendo ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Nice change up from a couple days at Gooseberry Mesa. It didn't seem as fast on the gradual downhill as some others have claimed, though there are some fun sections. The best part is along the river gorge at the bottom. Great scenery.

Recommended Route:
Park at the bottom of the single track, ride up the road and down the single track.



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Review Date
April 1, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: tom , from Ohio

Summary:
Great trail for checking out the desert vistas. Not very hard at all. In fact, the steep switch backs were not as dangerous as some people make them out to be. I'm an average biker and was able to ride down most of it. My wife walked her bike down and felt fine. You do get close to the edge of the Gorge at the end of the ride though. Over all I enjoyed the trail for the views and easy pace.

Recommended Route:
use print out from utahmountainbiking.com



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Review Date
February 25, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Puzman , from Wallingford, CT

Summary:
Wonderful fast singletrack that has you swooping through the desert at crazy speeds. Incredible views of the Pine Mtn. Wilderness and Zion NP. Heartstopping exposure. Don't ride here if afraid of heights. There's a very good description/map at utahmountainbiking.com. Highly recommend bringing this trail guide with you. We rode up the doubletrack and down the singletrack. You'll gain about 800' elevation in 6.7miles on the doubletrack, then lose it all in 6.1 miles on the singletrack. You'll find yourself flying through the desert on beautiful sinuous singletrack at warp speeds, and for the last mile you'll find yourself moving along at a crawl and whimpering, because 1-2' on your left is a death drop into the Virgin River. DO NOT BIFF HERE. The trail is not technical, but the price for a fall is very high!

Recommended Route:
Up doubletrack, down singletrack

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Gooseberry Mesa



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Review Date
November 4, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Kirk H. , from Ogden, Utah

Summary:
Trail for us started right there at the edge of the cliffs along the Virgin river. To the West of parking area. Jump on and start riding. I made it a few peddles and did look down over the edge and thought wow be a little careful. The edge is a few feet away but a good one roll fall could be fateful. I just rode along and other than a couple spots that the trail gets really close to the edge it was just very scenic and a good trail. However with my wife behind me I was thinking boy I hope I haven't put her in over her head here. I thought it better to just ride slow and keep an eye on her. Just after the last little spot that was the closest the trail comes to the cliff (2 feet) I got a little nervous about her going by there. As well as thinking boy I am glad I rode that easily. Glad I had my confidence. She got through there and yes we may walk those couple spots next time just to be extra careful. She caught a loose rock and fell and rolled right after the cliff area ended. This got our attention to thinking wow that could have happened on the cliffs and we wouldn't be checking just a couple scrapes. After that little scare the rest was good single track slightly uphill. She was a little butt bruised and we rode back on the road. Everyne else there seemed to shuttle or ride the dirt road up and then just ride the single track downhill. I like the work then reward system better. I would ride up the single track and back down it next time. Maybe just being more aware and careful along the first cliff area.

Recommended Route:
Right at Highway marker 17 on the road to Zions. Then down across the bridge. Few hundred yards take the little dirt road to the right another couple hundred yards and park.



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