Day 7 : St George (Gooseberry Mesa MTB ride)

 
 
 
 
 


  

After a good nights sleep I had my usual breakfast at La Quinta Inn's - Waffle and bananas before packing up my gear for a ride over at Goosebury Mesa.

La Quinta Breakfast Outside the La Quinta Inn Grand Junction
Gooseberry Mesa Road Gooseberry Mesa Road

The road to the Mesa was in pretty good shape, But I still had to drive slowly in a couple of spots to avoid grounding out. The road had a few more signs on it than the last time I'd driven along it.

I parked in the car park with the cinder surface, which was almost full of vehicles, and then set out on the trail. I took the route which went through Gods Skateboard Park. The trails alternate between wide open areas of slick rock and narrow singletrack.

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I decided to ride the Secret trail on this trip, which I had never ridden before. After a few false starts I managed to find the start of the trail. The trail was less defined than the other route on goosebury at the start, but soon narrowed down to easy to follow singletrack. Gooseberry Mesa - Secret Trail picture Gooseberry Mesa - Secret Trail picture
Gooseberry Mesa - Secret Trail picture Gooseberry Mesa - Secret Trail picture Gooseberry Mesa - Secret Trail picture
Gooseberry Mesa - Secret Trail picture The secret trail was a quite a grind, as there weren't too many flat or down hill sections , and even on the flat there were plenty of obstacles on the trail. Gooseberry Mesa - Secret Trail picture
Gooseberry Mesa - Secret Trail picture
Gooseberry Mesa - Secret Trail picture
Gooseberry Mesa - Secret Trail picture The trail headed east along the rim of a canyon, across which you could see the parked vehicles of people camped near the trail head.
Gooseberry Mesa - Secret Trail picture Gooseberry Mesa - Secret Trail picture I must have been quite tired after the long day I had yesterday as at one point I forgot to pick my camera up after taking a tripod picture. Luckily for me this trail was not well traveled so after backtracking my camera was still on the rock where I had left it.
Gooseberry Mesa - Secret Trail picture Gooseberry Mesa - Secret Trail picture Gooseberry Mesa - Secret Trail picture
Gooseberry Mesa - Secret Trail picture Gooseberry Mesa - Secret Trail picture Gooseberry Mesa - Secret Trail picture
Gooseberry Mesa - Secret Trail picture The secret trail had initially gone down from its start at God's Skateboard park , and towards the east end as it headed south it started to go up slightly. Gooseberry Mesa - Secret Trail picture
Gooseberry Mesa - Secret Trail picture As the trail headed west along the rim it started to get very sandy, and was in places un rideable. I came across a cool rattlesnake by the side of the trail on one of the rideable sections of trail. Gooseberry Mesa - Secret Trail picture
Rattlesnake

Rattlesnake

Rattlesnake - Video (31MB)

Rattlesnake
The secret Trail, eventually met up with the South Rim Trail. I stopped here and a snack while watching the amazing rock swifts flying all around me. Then instead of continuing along the south rim trail I rode over the the Hidden Canyon trail.
Hidden Canyon Singletrack - Gooseberry Mesa Hidden Canyon Singletrack - Gooseberry Mesa The hidden canyon trail dropped down (still with plenty of up though) on a mixture of singletrack between juniper trees and between large rocks on either side, to the White trail. Hidden Canyon Singletrack - Gooseberry Mesa
Hidden Canyon Singletrack - Gooseberry Mesa Hidden Canyon Singletrack - Gooseberry Mesa

Hidden Canyon Singletrack - Gooseberry Mesa

I then rode along the White trail west , and then connected onto the North Rim trail near the junction of the yellow trail. I like the the North Rim trail it has good rolling singletrack with the odd rock or two make things interesting, and great views. North Rim Trail Singletrack Picture North Rim Trail Singletrack Picture
North Rim Trail Singletrack Picture North Rim Trail Singletrack Picture North Rim Trail Singletrack Picture
North Rim Trail Singletrack Picture North Rim Trail Singletrack Picture From the North rim trail I continued east on to the slickrock 101 trail, which goes along wide open areas of slick rock.
From 101 I looped back onto the trail I originally started the ride on

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Back at the SUV my bike computer said I'd ridden 19 miles. I then packed up and headed back to St George. In the evening I had a good dinner at an Outback restaurant.
Gooseberry Mesa ride map
Gooseberry Mesa Profile

 

DAY 8