Gooseberry Mesa

Written by Contender Bicycles, on February 12, 2024

Located just outside the town of Hurricane (pronounced “Hurrik’n”), and not far from Zion National Park, Gooseberry Mesa is a must-do for anyone seeking the full Utah MTB experience. 

Relatively long and technically challenging and rewarding, Gooseberry Mesa is a catch-all of the best of southwestern Utah mountain biking. You’ll experience rolling slickrock, twisty singletrack, and vistas you can’t find anywhere else in the world. To get to the trailhead at Gooseberry Mesa, follow the signs from Highway 59. You will end up turning north off the highway onto an unpaved road, which you will follow for about a half-an-hour. Don’t worry, as long as you follow the signs, you’ll find the White Trailhead and a place to park.

The trail is marked with white paint dots on the slick rock and signs at the junctions. It is a difficult trail, but there are no surprises. If you don't feel comfortable riding a section, you can walk it and jump back on. While there's no sustained climbing, you're likely to expend a lot of effort on the uneven rock. Unlike Moab's Slickrock Trail, there are no brutal hill-climbs. Instead, the ride is a test of balance, burst strength, and reaction time: short ups, brief downs, and quick turns.

The Gooseberry Season is relatively long, with quality riding from February through mid-December. Take plenty of water and food, as the full loop will take several hours to complete.

 

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