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Little Creek Mountain - Big 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 West Mesa Loop. If you're going to venture on alternative trails, we suggest you have either (A) a guide, or (B) a GPS unit and lots of time!
Big Loop clockwise, West Mesa and North Point (tough), 14 miles:
0.0   Continue west on doubletrack from parking
0.2   R uphill on ST into trees N37 03.582 W113 13.664
0.5   Cross faint doubletrack, arrive at open rock
        Fork L at N 37 03.821 W 113 13.606, westbound
        (Straight = to North Loop)
0.8   Marked fork in flat washbottom
        Go straight N 37 03.737 W 113 13.994
        R = Return trail (Magic Carpet Ride)
3.6   Reach western edge of mesa, north along cliffs
        N 37 04.166 W 113 15.154
6.9   Drop into fork of Gould Wash  N37 04.701 W113 13.602
7.3    Fork L toward North Loops
         N 37 04.488 W 113 13.405
7.6    Open rock area, trail sign N37 04.552 W113 13.162
         Fork R (northeast) find ST at corner of slickrock
7.8    Ridge, looking at slickrock ahead and on R
         N37 04.694 W113 13.046
         Keep L and climb into trees on ST
         (R = two shortcuts E and NE)
9.6    North Point, trail turns south  N37 05.697 W113 12.386
10.5  Trail more tech, harder to follow
11.4  L to cross bottom N37 04.787 W113 12.816
         Climb uphill east
11.5  Shortcut rejoins on L, stay straight and uphill
         N37 04.740 W113 12.767
         Turn 90 degrees R at top of hill
11.7  Confusion of cairns. Stay southbound near trees
11.8  Veer L and downhill N37 04.633 W113 12.949
         (R up = cheater route to fork at 7.8)
         Cross to opposite side along treeline
12.0  W along edge of slot canyon until it's shallow
          Cross over N37 04.531 W113 13.096
          After crossing, turn L (east)
12.1   Drop into slot canyon   N37 04.520 W113 13.081
12.2   Waterfall, cross Gould Wash, steep climb out
12.3   Critical spot! Fork R just after finishing climb
          N37 04.418 W113 13.004
          (L = occasionally marked alternate routes)
12.8   Alternate rejoins on L N37 04.129 W113 13.271
13.4   Keep straight (L) at original trail fork
          N37 03.818 W113 13.599
14.0   Back at car

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).

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Trail conditions change. Use this trail guide at your own risk.