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Little Creek Mountain - Small Sandstone (East) Loop
Little Creek Mountain is a flat-top mesa 18 miles east of Hurricane, 10 miles south of its more famous twin Gooseberry Mesa. Like Gooseberry, Little Creek has technical singletrack mixed with areas of open rock. There are two well-traveled interconnected loops of around 9 miles each that can be linked together for 15 miles of advanced riding. At 5600 feet average elevation, there's little vertical change over the course of the trail. This guide is for the Sandstone Loop with optional out-and-back to The Point. NOTE: the side out-and-back to The Point is hard to navigate. We suggest you have (A) a guide, or (B) a GPS unit and lots of time.
Ride Notes, Slickrock Canyon Loop counterclockwise:
0.0  Continue south on doubletrack from parking area
0.2  Singletrack forks off right, uphill and into trees
0.6  Just after crossing doubletrack, open rock on left
       N 37 03.821' W 113 13.606', keep straight
       ( Left = singletrack to west edge of mesa)
1.1  Fork at end of rock area, keep left
       N 37 04.157' W 113 13.255'
       (Right = south end of alternate loop)
1.6  Fork in trail, go left and downhill
       N 37 04.714' W 113 13.019'
       (Right = north end of alternate loop)
1.7  Up into canyon (left)
1.8  Around slot canyon, follow opposite side northeast
2.0  Large open rock area, follow contour north
       (This area is poorly marked - Nov 2001)
2.5  Turn left and drop into slickrock canyon
       N 37 04.719' W 113 12.754'
       Left and up = return loop
       Across wash then right = to Point
            1.75 miles to Point, add 3.5 to mileage below
            Point GPS N 37 05.240' W 113 12.339'

3.1  At top of canyon, south over summit
       N 37 04.714' W 113 13.019'
3.7  At trail fork N 37 04.488' W 113 13.405'
       Left = return
       (Right = to West Mesa Loop in reverse)
4.7  Trail crosses open rock canyon to your left
5.0  Join doubletrack, straight downhill
       N 37 03.797' W 113 13.792'
5.1  Hard left in bottom of wash, onto rock
5.5  Back at first trail fork, right uphill into trees
6.1 At parking
Notes on alternate loop, counterclockwise:
Riding north, trail forks 0.1 mile later
at N 37 04.154' W 113 13.165', keep left
(Right = trail heads east then north, fairly technical)
Turns left at 0.8, N 37 04.387' W 113 12.882'
to rejoin the other route at 0.9 (keep right)
Notes on alternate loop, clockwise:
Going straight (left), trail turns right (south) at 0.1
N 37 04.387' W 113 12.882'
At mile 0.8, critical fork N 37 04.154' W 113 13.165'
(hard to see!) go right and up (left = trail to northeast)
At 0.9, rejoins other route at N 37 04.157' W 113 13.255'

Getting there:  On Highway 9 at the east end of Hurricane, turn south on US-59 and zero your odometer. One block later, turn left (east) and begin climbing up out of the Hurricane Valley. 13.2 miles later, turn right on gravel road. 14.1 turn right; 14.9 keep right; 16.0 keep left; 16.4 keep left; 18.5 continue straight across cattleguard; 19.5 turn right (critical turn where corral is on your left, leave the main road); 20.1 bear left. At 21.0, cross 3rd cattle guard; 21.5 road reaches slickrock, park here (GPS N 37 03.586' W 113 13.528'). Begin the ride by heading down the road (the singletrack forks off on the right 0.2 miles later).

Copyright 2002 Mad Scientist Software Inc
Trail conditions change. Use this trail guide at your own risk.