Day 11 - St George - Goosebury Mesa / Stucki Springs rides

Goosebury Mesa & Stucki Springs Mountain bike trail rides (St George, Utah)

 
 
 
 
 
  

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Road to Goosebury

After having my usual breakfast of banana waffles and cereals I decided to head over to Goosebury Mesa and see if I could ride it without crashing like I did the last time I visited St George. The dirt road to the Mesa was in good shape with no major ruts. At the car park while unpacking my bike a gust of wind tore through the car park and my map of Goosebury Mesa disappeared high into the sky, so I had to rely I my memory of the route from the last time I was here to navigate.

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Goosebury Car park

Goosebury Mesa - St George - Click to Enlarge From the car park I headed south and rode along singletrack which started to head west, the trail was a mix of singletrack in the scrub and on slick rock. Goosebury Mesa - St George - Click to Enlarge
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Goosebury Mesa Singletrack (20 MB)

As can be seen in the videos there's is a good mix of riding on singletrack.

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Goosebury Mesa Singletrack (20 MB)

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Goosebury Singletrack (10MB)

This time round I managed to get round the trail without failing off, which meant being I did get off and walk some sections of trail that were too much for me, funnily enough I did almost fall off again very close to where I fell the last time, climbing up a slick rock slope which had a drop to one side.

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Goosebury Slick rock (17MB)

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After God's skateboard Park, I rode along Rattle snake rim, the views off over the rim made for an interesting ride.

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Dinosaur bones in the rock

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Riding along Rattlesnake Rim (27 MB)

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Keeping left I the trail I headed west towards the point, there were a couple of short steep slick rock climbs I got off and pushed my bike on, not trusting my legs to have enough power to motor up them, mindful of the skin loss that would happen if I did fall. Goosebury Mesa - St George - Click to Enlarge

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At Goosebury Mesa Point

I stopped and had some powerbars at the point and took in the views, so far I had not seen anyone else at all while riding the trails of Goosebury Mesa. Goosebury Mesa - St George - Click to Enlarge
From the Point I back tracked until I came to the turn for the yellow trail and headed off down that, the yellow trail had lots of little ups and down over slick rock.

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Yellow Trail Slick rock (25MB)

The Yellow trail then connected onto the North Rim Trail, which skirted along side the edge of the Mesa. The good thing about riding on your own is you can just bimble along at your own pace, although company is good all too often it means you have to push yourself to keep up with the local riders, and you cant stop to take as many pictures as you'd like to.

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Riding the North Rim Trail

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Goosebury Mesa - St George - Click to Enlarge At the end of the North rim trail I headed around the practice loop and then back to the SUV. Goosebury Mesa - St George - Click to Enlarge

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The Goosebury Mesa car park

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Looking up at Goosebury Mesa

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Gooseberry Mesa Route

The Goosebury Mesa ride had been fun but I had preferred the Little Creek ride to the Goosebury ride, as the Little Creek had a much better flow to it, whereas Goosebury Mesa had a lot more start stop action for me.

As there was still plenty of day light I decided to go and ride a trail I hadn't ridden before and that was the Stucki Spring - Bear claw poppy loop. SO I drove back to St George and to the trail head at Bloomington. There were quite a few riders starting to do their rides at the trail head as they finished work. While unpacking my bike there was a weird mini sandstorm that blew through all of a sudden you could hardly see anything and my bike bag which had been on the roof of the suv went flying, after about 30 seconds it stopped and everything was normal again, asides from my bike bag no longer being black but dirt colored.

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Riding up Bear claw Poppy Trail (17 MB)

The Bear claw poppy trail heads gradually upwards with lots of ups and downs, the trail was on hard packed mud. Lots of people were out on the trail.

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Bear Claw Poppy's

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Riding up Bear claw Poppy Trail (25 MB)

At the end of the Bear claw poppy trail I connected onto the Stucki Connector which was a double track trail. I almost fell off my bike at one point as I heard a loud rattling noise to my right, looking back I saw a Rattle snake at the side of the trail, which had been less than 1/2 a foot from my leg.

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Rattle Snake Video (14 MB)

Stucki Springs / Bear Claw Poppy - Click to Enlarge This was the first time I had seen a Rattlesnake while riding my bike, it was pretty cool. I'm glad it hadn't bitten me as I didn't have a mobile phone and they didn't seem to be any one riding this section of trail.
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Bear Claw Poppy

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Riding the Stucki Connector Trail (13 MB)

At Stucki Spring I turned left and headed along an old dirt road, at this point one of the group of riders I'd seen at the start emerged from some singletrack in front of me and headed the same way as me. there were a couple of very steep sections in the trail.

 

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I stopped and had a chat with the riders, before heading off down the trail back towards Bloomington. The trail was good fast rolling singletrack.

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Stucki Springs / Bear Claw Poppy - Click to Enlarge While I was stopping to take photos the riders from the group I had met earlier went past me, my pictures have not caught exactly how the light was as the sun went down which was amazing. Also there was a damp smell of wet earth on the wind from the rain to north. Stucki Springs / Bear Claw Poppy - Click to Enlarge
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Riding back down Bear Claw Poppy (28 MB)

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Stucki Springs / Bear Claw Poppy - Click to Enlarge Back at the trail head the group of riders I kept on coming across kindly invited me to have a post ride dinner with them at Cafe Rio in St George, the food and company was good. I also got some contact details from them and arranged to meet one of them for a ride the following evening. Cafe RIO - Click to Enlarge

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Stucki Springs / Bear Claw Route

Even though there has been a fair amount of double track on this ride it has been a great ride to do, it was nice to be be able to ride fast without having to worry about death to your right, or having to navigate a technical feature. And its another ride I would go back to do again.

 

Day 12