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    Is Mid-Sept. Too Hot for Hurricane?

    I have a chance to do some MTBing in southwestern Utah in mid-September.

    The trail that caught my eye is the Gould/JEM/ Hurricane Rim Loop.

    Will it be too hot at this time of the year to do this 22-mile trail?

    Would I be better off waiting until November, when I might be in the area again?

    Thanks!

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    The peaks of over 100 degrees have probably ended by this time of year, but it could still be in the mid 90's by next week (and this is what is forecasted, by the way). Gould/JEM/ Hurricane Rim Loop is my least favorite ride of the entire area. It is a one and done for me. It's a sandy, sagebrush descent. I know a lot of people like its "flow", but not me. I prefer challenging terrain with variety. My favorite rides of the area are Gooseberry Mesa, Grafton Mesa, and the Zen Trail.

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    What Rippling said. I like the JEM/Hurriicane Rim/Goulds loop, but it isn't my favorite/go to ride in the area. Add Little Creek Mesa to his list and you'll have the perfect foursome.

    Temps might still be warmish mid day, but mid-September is usually good to go. Actually my iphone weather forecast a chance of rain Monday and Tuesday with a cooling trend.

    In fact Vegas/Bootleg is only going to be in the high 80s for Interbike Outdoor Demo. I thought for sure they'd get fried moving it up a week this year.
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    I LOVE the Goulds/JEM/Hurricane Rim loop. Definitely worth it.
    I'm a mountain bike guide in southwest Utah

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    No time of year is too hot, depending on what time of day you ride. Even when it's topping 100, it cools down at night for early morning riding.

    I always like to do some more technical rides first, then hit the Goulds/JEM/Hurricane Rim loop for a nice ride where you can actually take in some views while pedaling. If you don't do a lot of desert riding it's a nice one for just enjoying that type of environment.

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    Thanks for the info, everyone.

    Follow-up ... the forecast is calling for 80% chance of rain the two days before I plan to be there. Is that a good thing or a bad thing for the trail(s)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by M-80 Rider View Post
    Thanks for the info, everyone.

    Follow-up ... the forecast is calling for 80% chance of rain the two days before I plan to be there. Is that a good thing or a bad thing for the trail(s)?
    Great for the mesas. Bad for JEM. Depending on how much rain, JEM may be fine with 2 days of drying, but riding it muddy will invoke the wrath of those of us who live here and maintain it.

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    Thanks for the locals' perspective. I'll skip it if wet.

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