Day 12 - St george

Zen Trail / Barrel Role / Turtle wall Mountain bike rides

 
 
 
 
 
  

Zen Trail / Trail Ride

I woke to yet another sunny day, decided to go and ride the Zen Trail before meeting up with Rick to ride the Barrel Roll Trail. After parking at the bottom of a sand stone canyon I rode up double track to get the Zen Trail singletrack. As you can see in the video the Zen trail is very technical, a number of times at the start finding the trail was tricky.

Zen Trail Singletrack on way up (5MB)

Zen Trail (St George) - Click to Play

Zen trail big rocks (21 MB)

The singletrack Zen trail climbed up and navigated through some big rocks. The temperature was just about perfect today. Zen Trail (St George) - Click to Enlarge

Zen Trail (St George) - Click to Play

Zen Trail video (8 MB)

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Zen Trail singletrack (17 MB)

The trail did have some rolling singletrack without technical features towards the top of the climb.

Zen Trail (St George) - Click to Play

Zen Trail singletrack (17 MB)

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More Fossil bones

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Zen Trail (St George) - Click to Enlarge There was a flattish section of the trail as it rolled along the ridge , before heading up into soma very large rocks. Zen Trail (St George) - Click to Enlarge
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Zen Trail (St George) - Click to Enlarge I stopped amongst the bike rocks and hiked up a bit and eat some food, it was a very quiet peaceful spot. Zen Trail (St George) - Click to Enlarge
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Views down to the stucki springs trails

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Zen Trail (St George) - Click to Enlarge Before the trail started to finally head back down, there were views the Stucki springs and Bear claw Poppy trails below. Zen Trail (St George) - Click to Enlarge
Zen Trail (St George) - Click to Enlarge The descent down was good fun nothing technical just rolling singletrack, at the bottom I headed back up slightly to ride back on Singletrack.

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Zen Trail Singletrack down (21 MB)

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Zen Trail (St George) MAP - Click to Enlarge

Zen Trail Singletrack Map

I arrived back at the SUV and packed up my stuff, I then headed over to cafe Rio to meet rick. The Zen trail had been quite a challenge at times but yet again its a trail I'd do again if I have time when I come this way again.

Zen Trail (St George) Profile - Barrel Roll Trail - Click to Enlarge

Zen trail ride Profile

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Barrel Roll Trail

Barrel Roll Trail - Click to Enlarge I met rick at Cafe Rio and we drove over to the Barrel Roll Trail, The trail was pretty smooth and narrow, with the old rocky spot.

Barrel Roll Trail - Click to Play

Riding out on Barrel Roll Trail (22 MB)

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Barrel Roll Trail - Click to Enlarge Are we rode along the trail the wind started to pick up and we could see rain showers off to the North, I really enjoyed the smooth singletrack as it cruised around the desert. Barrel Roll Trail - Click to Enlarge

Barrel Roll singletrack (32MB)

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Barrel Roll Trail - Click to Enlarge After finishing the ride on fast smooth singletrack we arrived back at the cars, I would have done the loop again as it had been so much fun, but Rick suggested we quickly headed over to the Turtle Wall ride before it started to rain. Unfortunately my GPS had switched itself off on this ride so no map or profile is available. If you got to Utah Mountain biking they have trail descriptions and maps there. Barrel Roll Trail - Click to Enlarge

Turtle Wall Trail

Turtle Wall trail (St George) - Click to Enlarge The turtle wall trail headed up double track along side a wall of sandstone, it was getting quite windy as we rode up the trail.
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When we reached the top of the trail it started to rain and was extremely windy off in the distance we could see lightning, so we headed back down via a different route.

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Stormy weather (8MB)

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Heading down Turtle wall singletrack

Riding back in the rain, was great fun and the ground turned a different darker red color, but did not get wet enough to turn to mud. There was a really nice damp earthy smell to the air , a complete contrast to the normal dry desert air.

Turtle Wall trail (St George) MAP - Click to Enlarge

Turtle wall trail Map

Turtle Wall trail (St George) - Click to Enlarge We then went to China Palace on Bluff Street and had a very good Chinese meal, before swapping details and heading our separate ways.

Turtle Wall trail (St George) MAP Profile - Click to Enlarge

Turtle Wall Mountain Bike ride profile

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I'd really enjoyed today's riding in particular the two rides with Rick who had been great company . And the trails themselves although not technical at all had been great fun, just to be able to ride fast on singletrack.

Day 13