Gould's Rim to Jem to Hurricane Rim
Awesome ride - Must do
The JEM trail is pretty much my reason for riding any trail in the Hurricane, Virgin, la Verkin, or Zoin Park area. This ride is classic desert single track and you can pedal fast the whole way. I like to ride Gould's Rim first and work my way across the desert toward the JEM trailhead. I do this because JEM is so much more fun to ride from its highest point to its lower point (south to north). This actually makes it 100% rideable. Climbing up would involve some sketchy climbs but descending involves jumps and drops and fast cornering. I love a good trail like that.
After all the fun of descending JEM I'll pick up the Hurricane Rim trail and head back to the trail end, where I usually park to start Gould's. This results in a counter-clockwise loop. Signs are easy to follow and orienting is simple, except for the beginning of Gould's Rim, which I explain below. You can also view my route on Garmin Connect by clicking the map below.
Riding Gould's is mundane in the beginning parts. It is more or less a road until you pick up the singletrack about 2 miles in. Once you get there your feel warmed up and energized. It's slightly rocky but in most places not technical riding to you can just charge and have a blast. Soon, you're riding on the rim of the adjacent canyon which I have to assume would be named Gould('s) but I'm not sure. It's a picture taking places to be sure. Abruptly the trail is interrupted by a road but there is signage to help out and avoid confusion. A couple minutes down the trail you'll vere away from the rim and up onto the mesa. There is a map kiosk there to help you orient.
At this point you'll be on a dirt road until you cross another dirt road and more or less ride through a corral. That's where some super fun singletrack takes off. You'll wrap the base of a mesa until it mellows at which point the trail climbs up to the highway. Cross the highway to find the JEM trailhead. This is worth everything.
JEM is a rip-roaring descent from the flanks of Gooseberry Mesa to the desert floor. It is awesome and 100% better than staying at home and playing tennis. Everyone will have fun here. Corners are smooth and flowing. There's one good rock drop that will come up on you really quick, so don't hesitate, just ride.
Eventually you'll come to a 3-way intersection where you'll need to choose between going to Virgin or back to your car via Hurricane Rim (west). Take Hurricane Rim for more fun trail. You'll climb a total of about 800 vertical feet on the way out but the vistas are completely breath taking. This trail is unique and worth the end of ride suffering that some may need to cope with on the way out.
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