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The Grafton Wash trail is a singletrack route with a little bit of slickrock. It connects the northeastern corner of Gooseberry Mesa to Grafton Mesa on the east. The loop ride described here is 4.8 miles with 500 vertical feet of elevation change. The trail has some stiff climbing, and is upper-intermediate in tech requirement. The Grafton Wash trail itself is only 1.2 miles long. The loop incorporates a mile of primitive doubletrack, 3/4 mile of the Gooseberry Northeast rim singletrack, plus about 2 miles of dirt road.
|Riding notes: Clockwise loop
0.0 Park at intersection of doubletracks, just off
main Gooseberry Mesa road N37 07.824 W113 07.132
Head north on DT.
0.9 Fork R on ST
1.6 As you exit wash, fork L downhill
N37 07.953 W113 06.496 follow edge of wash N
2.2 Bottom of wash, climb up to east
2.8 Crest hill, fork hard R N37 07.665 W113 06.157
Join main road southbound N37 07.569 W113 06.170
3.3 R on Gooseberry Mesa Road N37 07.026 W113 06.407
4.8 Back at car
Getting there -- North: As you approach Zion National
Park in Rockville, turn south (right) on Bridge Road. Cross the Virgin River
and continue straight until the road turns right (west) and turns to
gravel. Keep left at the fork at 1.5 miles. Continue to a total of
6.2 miles to the top of the mesa, watching for a road going through the
fence on your right. (There may, or may not, be a small sign "Gooseberry Mesa.")
1.4 miles after the turnoff, find a DT on your right, exactly as the road
turns 90 degrees left and begins a steep climb. Go 1/10 mile down the DT
and park at the fork N37 07.824 W113 07.132.
Getting there -- South: As you pass through Hurricane heading east on Highway 9, turn right at the Highway 59 sign. One block later, turn left and drive out of town. About 15 minutes later, you'll pass a gas station on the left-hand side, then some fields. Watch for a "Scenic Byway" sign, and turn left onto a dirt road (14.8 miles from the turnoff in Hurricane). Two miles later, just as you reach the mountain, the Gooseberry Mesa road turns off on your left. Go to the trailhead as above.
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