Hurricane Cliffs Riding Area
Trail summary page
This trail climbs from the southwest corner of Hurricane City up to the
doubletrack leading to Gould's Rim. Bypasses highway traffic for bikers
riding directly to or from town to do the Hurricane Rim Loop ride, or
headed for More Cowbell, Dead Ringer, or other mesa area trails.
Gould's Connector Trail
Gould's Rim runs between the radio tower Highway 59 Hurricane Rim
trailhead (just uphill from Hurricane) and Highway 59 at the upper JEM
trailhead. Point-to-point it's 8.9 miles, starting at 3600 feet and climbing to 4350.
From lower TH, connect via highway, then longish doubletrack climb, then
singletrack with views into Gould's Wash, and finally undulating badlands
singletrack. Top end connects to JEM. Part of the classic Hurricane Rim
Gould's Rim Trail
The original high-speed desert singletrack, JEM starts at the
doubletrack of the upper Highway 59 trailhead to the lower JEM trailhead
on Sheep Bridge Road off Highway 9 near Virgin. 6.9 miles with 800 feet of
elevation change to 3400 at bottom. Connects to JEM DT, Dead Ringer,
Goosebumps, China Wash, Cryptobionic, and Hurricane Rim. Part of the
classic Hurricane Rim Loop ride (loop skips final bottom section).
The uphill end of Hurricane Rim starts on JEM about 1.8 mile uphill
from the lower trailhead off Highway 9. On the loop ride, that's 5 miles
downhill after leaving the doubletrack at the upper trailhead on Highway
59. Downhill, the trail starts at the Hurricane Rim (radio tower)
trailhead on 59. 7.3 miles long, with 1000 vertical feet of climbing but
only 200 feet absolute elevation change. Part of the classic
Hurricane Rim Loop ride.
Hurricane Rim Trail
Connecting trail leaves JEM 3.5 miles downhill from the upper
trailhead, following a wash to Hurricane Rim 2.8 miles from the Hurricane
Rim (lower 59) trailhead. 1.1 miles long. Can be use to dramatically
shorten the Hurricane Loop ride.
Cryptobionic's lower end is at the bathroom (hiking trailhead) on the
Hurricane Rim trail. From there it flows quickly south and uphill to end
on Goosebumps at the mesa skirts. It's 3.6 miles with 350 feet of
elevation change. Singletrack in gradually rolling sage flats.
Goosebumps is a rolling twisting singletrack that hugs the lower skirts
of Gooseberry Mesa. It starts on upper JEM as the spur from Dead Ringer
crosses. The singletrack along the mesa is 3.7 miles long, after which you
can climb up on the JEM Doubletrack circling to the JEM upper trailhead,
or descend on a combo of ST, DT, and washbottom back to Cryptobionic at
Sheep Bridge Road near the JEM crossover.
Dirt road starting at the upper JEM trailhead on Highway 59. Runs along
the mesa skirts just above the first escarpment 3.2 miles to intersect the
eastern end of Goosebumps (a nice loop ride). Connects down to Sheep
Starts across the doubletrack from JEM at the upper Highway 59
trailhead. Descends downhill with a spur over Goosebumps on upper JEM,
then crosses JEM near Sheep Bridge Road before ending on Cryptobionic.
Five miles long with 500 feet of elevation change. Good climbing or
Easy (beginner-level) singletrack above limestone ledges just downhill
from the upper JEM trailhead. This 2.5-mile loop is accessed off the first
part of Dead Ringer. Great views. Midpoint of loop has spur to JEM just
above the cliff plunge.
|Getting there, Sheep Bridge Road trailhead: From I-15 north, take the La Verkin exit on
UT-17. From the south, take the Hurricane exit on US-9 and go through
Hurricane towards Zion National Park. At the junction of US-9 with UT-17,
turn east towards Zion. 4.8 miles after the turnoff, turn right (south) on
a gravel road signed "Sheep Bridge Rd." 0.5 miles later, you'll
cross over the Virgin River. Just uphill is a cattleguard, then a
doubletrack on your right 0.1 miles after the bridge. Take the doubletrack
0.2 miles to a turn-around overlooking the Virgin River. The singletrack
is at the end of the turn-around.
Upper JEM trailhead: In Hurricane, turn south on US-59 (towards the Grand Canyon). Drive exactly 5
miles uphill. Turn left on cindered doubletrack right as you approach the base of Gooseberry
Mesa. Drive another 0.3 miles to the parking area and head northeast on
JEM.. N 37 08.329' W 113 14.527'
Highway 59 Sheep Bridge Rd: Drive toward
the upper JEM trailhead on Highway 59 as above. But at mile 3.3 (while
still on the flat area), turn left on gravel road. Immediately park on the
right, just inside the fence. Pedal 0.4 miles northeast to where the JEM
singletrack crosses. Navigate to your destination trail.
Hurricane Hill trailhead: As above, turn south in Hurricane
on US-59 Follow the road uphill 0.9 miles, then turn left into the
trailhead parking near the cell phone towers. GPS N 37 10.740' W 113
16.601', Alt=3650'. The Hurricane Rim trail begins along the fence,
heading northeast. To get to Gould's, roll down the highway (caution!) 0.1
miles then veer left to the steep doubletrack.