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  1. #1
    Green Mojo
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    Nov 2006

    Tips for Gooseberry

    I am driving to St George this week and will plan to ride a few trails with my son. We plan to hit Gooseberry, and I was wondering if any one has any specific tips or general helpful information for this trail.

    We are both intermediate riders with some slickrock experience, but I must admit I am a little nervous about the exposure I have heard about on this trail.

    Can't wait!


  2. #2
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    there are only a couple of spots with exposure but don't worry, it's not Portal like exposure... You always have a choice to stay away from the edge...

  3. #3
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    Exposure isn't that bad on the goose, JEM has much more exposure. Although JEM is also a very fun trail. I just suggest that if you do get uncomfortable, get off and walk it, or just take it really easy. No reason to be stupid about it.

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    Gooseberry Mesa merits great caution. I rode it once by myself last Winter and got a scare. I fell and got away with minor cuts and bruises. Could have been much worse.

    I think this trail is tricky because the trail has lot's of 3-6 foot exposures that sneak up on you. You'll power up an obstacle and suddenly find yourself next to a sharp dropoff that could easily break an ankle, wrist or collarbone with a fall. Slickrock at Moab is alot safer because the rock is bigger, more open and transitions aren't as sharp. Also, the g.m. trail is a mix of slickrock and dirt so there's more ground obstacles like roots and rocks.

    I do think this is a really fun trail, you just need to be very observant and cautious.

  5. #5
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    My favorite is to ride it in a figure 8 as mentioned in the link. Hidden Canyon is a hoot.

  6. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockin

    My favorite is to ride it in a figure 8 as mentioned in the link. Hidden Canyon is a hoot.
    I second that......What he said.

  7. #7
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    this is one of my favs

    my advice would be to take it slow, and have fun. Ive taken a lot of intermediate riders on that trail, and they all seem to do well, soem of the steeper climbs and descents you might want to walk.

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