Day 9 - St George Mountain Biking

(Hurricane Rim -> Gould Rim -> Jem Trail) mountain bike ride (St George, Utah)

 
 
 
 
 
Click to Enlarge After a good nights sleep, I made my self banana waffles at the hotel breakfast bar and ate them in my room, and planned what ride to do today. I decided to do the Hurricane -> Gould - > Jem Loop, as recommended to me by Gary in Flagstaff. I drove over to La Verkin and crossed sheep bridge and parked.
Hurricane Rim Trail - St George - Click to Enlarge The day started off sunny with a few clouds in the sky. I started off the ride by heading along the Jem Trail which went along the edge of a canyon with the virgin river at the bottom. Hurricane Rim Trail - St George - Click to Enlarge

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Riding along Jem Trail (9MB)

Even though there was a big drop to the right the trail was so smooth there was no danger of going off the edge.

Hurricane Rim Trail - St George - Click to Play

Riding along Hurricane Rim Trail (9MB)

The trail contoured around the rim of the Canyon, climbing upwards with some dips down into wash's and then back up again.

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View of Goosebury Mesa from Hurricane Rim Trail

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Hurricane Rim Trail - St George - Click to Enlarge At a high point before the trail headed down towards the Telephone towers there was a strong smell of sulphur. After dropping down to the towers I crossed the road and then slogged up the Hurricane hill dirt road. Gould Rim Trail - St George - Click to Enlarge
Gould Rim Trail - St George - Click to Enlarge Eventually I reached the Gould's rim trail, which continued climbing up. The trail was not great to ride as it had been churned up by cows when wet, and even with full suspension it was a jarring ride. Gould Rim Trail - St George - Click to Enlarge
The trail moved away from the canyon and headed towards the Jem Trail, past some old corrals and then up and around some Mud hills. Gould Rim Trail - St George - Click to Enlarge
After crossing the road (HW 59), I joined onto the Jem trail, on the sections of the trail that hadn't been chewed up by cow hoofs the trail was fun, but these sections were too few, after all the work that had been put in to ride the Hurricane & Gould Rims to get there. The last time I had done the Jem trail it had been very smooth and very fast, this time it wasn't... Jem Trail - St George - Click to Enlarge

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Riding down the Jem Trail (15MB)

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Lots of flowers were in bloom

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Looking down at virgin river

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Looking back at Jem trail

Hurricane Rim -> Gould Rim -> Jem Trail Map

Hurricane Rim -> Gould -> Jem Trail ride Map

I guess over time your idea of what's a good trail and what is changes the last time I rode the Jem trail I thought it was great, this time I thought well that was a waste of of a lot of effort, there much better trails in the Area to ride than these. Although the sections riding next to canyons were fun to do

I headed back to the Hotel and had a swim and stretched in the Hot Tub before going out for dinner, I went to a Mexican Restaurant called Poncho & Leftys which the last time I had visited St George had served fantastic mexican food, but there had been a changed of management and the food was pretty mediocre. After dinner I headed over to a Albertsons supermarket and bought more bottled water and some snacks before heading back to the hotel and getting some sleep.

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