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    Advanced Beginner to Intermediate St. George Area

    I'm going down to Santa Clara on the Friday b/f Thanksgiving, Going to ride probably Sat, Mon - Wed & Fri Sat. What are the better trails for advanced beginner to intermediate?

    I can ride for 2 - 4 hours in a spell, but I have heard that some of the Gooseberry is so technical, that it may be too hard.

    So, if the goosebarry is too hard, what are the good trails down there to ride. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I was hoping to ride gooseberry, but my brother in-law got me a little bit concerned. Also, if i could tag along on a ride you are going on already, that would OK as well.

    Let me know the names, or is best to go to the LBS and ask them. I know there is a Specialized dearler on Bluff St, I think.

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    Gooseberry has everything from novice to advanced...all within a few yards of each other. i honestly know of no other trail system where riders of varied skill can have so mucg fun together.

    I learned to ride on Gooseberry and the JEM trail..

    Good Gooseberry ride would be... park at white road and ride White trail to Practice Loop back to White Trail and then take that all the way to the Pont. You'll need to walk a couple of very short sections near the Point but we're talking like 50 foot sections.

    Feeling a bit more spry.... take the North Rim back to where the cattle pond is....

    Other trails yu should ride....

    Hurricane Area:
    JEM, Goulds and Hurricane Rim. This can be done as segments or a big loop. Our fav is JEM and Goulds combined in a kinda figure 8 that included the "roller-coaster" part of the JEM twice.
    Gucamole - "Gooseberry Light" as we call it.

    Santa Clara area:

    Barrel Roll with Sidewinder
    Rim Reaper/Rim Rambler/Rim Reaper

    If its been wet - Prospector to Church Rocks loop is fun
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    Thanks. I think I will have time to check all of them out. Do you know if they are long rides, or would it be good to combine some of them?

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    Red Rocks is the Specialized dealer on Bluff Street.

    You can combine them for sure. Short loops are 1 to 2 hours on Gooseberry.

    Gooseberry - mix of easier and harder sections

    Jem Trail - easier trail for the most part

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/6945861" width="400" height="220" frameborder="0"></iframe><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/6945861">Gooseberry Mesa, Hurricane, Utah -Fall Trip 2009</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/leelau">Lee Lau</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/6953017" width="400" height="220" frameborder="0"></iframe><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/6953017">JEM Trail - Hurricane Utah; 25 Hours of FrogHollow course</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/leelau">Lee Lau</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

    Pictures here http://www.leelau.net/2009/utahcolor..._26/index.html

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    Those trails look so fun. It is raining and cold up here. I think it is snowing on the bench and the upper trails. I can't wait to get down to St. Gerorge and Gooseberry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STT GUY
    ......Our fav is JEM and Goulds combined in a kinda figure 8 that included the "roller-coaster" part of the JEM twice...........
    Can you give some more details on this JEM Goulds figure 8? I've been trying to figure this out, but can't quite guess what your route would be.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by gingus
    Those trails look so fun. I can't wait to get down to St. Gerorge and Gooseberry.
    Don't miss gooseberry or let anyone scare you off. It's a great place for an advanced beginner to intermediate rider. Just be smart and be willing to walk a few sections.... but 90% of the marked trails are doable for someone of that skill level.

    Gooseberry is an incredible experience and different than just about anything else you'll ever ride. Have fun.
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    I watched the videos last night that someone posted. It looks killer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilether
    Can you give some more details on this JEM Goulds figure 8? I've been trying to figure this out, but can't quite guess what your route would be.

    Thanks

    Start at JEM lower trailhead (the one accessed from HWY 9 in Virgin) Take JEM to the Huricane Canal Trail access road (double track) and go left (east) and take cross Sheepsbridge Road and follow the doubletrack up the wash (this is the 6 and 25 hour race course) go thrr the gate..AND CLOSE IT after you go thru,,, you will decend into a wash and come out up a little climb at the top of this climb the road forks.. stay right. You are now on a double track that follows the shelf.. you'll go thru another gate CLOSE IT AFTER YOU GO PAST IT stay on it until you come to where the JEM Trail crosses it... go right and follow the JEM ( Weeeee!!!!! ) down to Sheepsbridge Road.. go left on sheepsbridge road.

    Take sheepsbridge road across HWY 59 and keep going until you go accross a cattle grate and then you will arrive at an old wooden cattle pen on your left...take the road to the right....(hard right.. it's almost a U-Turn) follow this down and you will com to a fence line running at a 90 degree angle to the road keep going but start looking on your left... you will find a small sign and the Goulds Rim trail on your left...

    Ride the Goulds Rim trail all the way to a trailhead where there is a Map. You'll go up a double track.... look on your lefy and past a small tree-like catus there is a single track short cut.. take it and it spits you ut on a double track that will have you ending up back at the cattle pen and Sheppsbridge Road... cross Sheepsbridge and rid along the cattle pen onto Goulds Rim trial .. You will follow this singletrack all the way back up to where you will cross HWY 59 again. Cross it (be careful visability is limited to the North/left) and you will ride the doubletrack road to the upper JEM Trailhead...

    Take the JEM trail and (you'll get to do the fun upper part twice..) follow it across Sheeps Bridge Road all the way to the lower Trailhead where you left.

    Great ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by STT GUY
    Start at JEM lower trailhead (the one accessed from HWY 9 in Virgin) Take JEM to the Huricane Canal Trail access road (double track) and go left (east) and take cross Sheepsbridge Road and follow the doubletrack up the wash (this is the 6 and 25 hour race course) go thrr the gate..AND CLOSE IT after you go thru,,, you will decend into a wash and come out up a little climb at the top of this climb the road forks.. stay right. You are now on a double track that follows the shelf.. you'll go thru another gate CLOSE IT AFTER YOU GO PAST IT stay on it until you come to where the JEM Trail crosses it... go right and follow the JEM ( Weeeee!!!!! ) down to Sheepsbridge Road.. go left on sheepsbridge road.

    Take sheepsbridge road across HWY 59 and keep going until you go accross a cattle grate and then you will arrive at an old wooden cattle pen on your left...take the road to the right....(hard right.. it's almost a U-Turn) follow this down and you will com to a fence line running at a 90 degree angle to the road keep going but start looking on your left... you will find a small sign and the Goulds Rim trail on your left...

    Ride the Goulds Rim trail all the way to a trailhead where there is a Map. You'll go up a double track.... look on your lefy and past a small tree-like catus there is a single track short cut.. take it and it spits you ut on a double track that will have you ending up back at the cattle pen and Sheppsbridge Road... cross Sheepsbridge and rid along the cattle pen onto Goulds Rim trial .. You will follow this singletrack all the way back up to where you will cross HWY 59 again. Cross it (be careful visability is limited to the North/left) and you will ride the doubletrack road to the upper JEM Trailhead...

    Take the JEM trail and (you'll get to do the fun upper part twice..) follow it across Sheeps Bridge Road all the way to the lower Trailhead where you left.

    Great ride.

    Thanks for the post! I'm going to try this route next week. Plus, your rental looks great. I pass it all the time, will have to stop in some time.
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