Distance: 10.5 km (loop)
Time: 1 – 2 hrs
Elevation Gain: 100 m
Elevation Loss: 98 m
Technical Rating: Intermediate
Physical Rating: Easy – Moderate
Season: Year round
Permit Required: No
Guacamole Trail is one of the lesser known trails in southern Utah. It is located near Hurricane between Virgin and Rockville, bordering Zion National Park. With trails like JEM and Gooseberry nearby, Guacamole doesn’t see the same amount of traffic these well-known trails do, making it more of a remote adventure ride. The Dalton Wash dirt road used to access the trail is best driven with a 4WD or truck. Both should have good clearance. The last 700 m (at the fork) up to the mesa and parking area can be dangerous when wet. If it’s slick/wet, leave your vehicle at the bottom of the 700 m long climb. There is plenty of parking at the fork in the road before the climb. The way up to the trailhead on this narrow and boulder littered doubletrack will be much safer on your bike.
Guacamole Trail is a fun x-country mountain bike ride littered with plenty of technical challenges. Hard to follow at times, the trail is marked by rock cairns only. The intermediate lollypop loop offers up some great sandy singletrack mixed in with loads of slick rock. Use caution when riding the area your first time as drops of 10’ to 15’ are possible in numerous section of the trail. Falls up to 100’ are possible near the mesa ledge, so stay alert if you’re not sure where you’re going. The trail provides some great views of the surrounding mountains and mesas, and riding through the trees on the sandy singletrack is a neat experience.
TRAILHEAD | N37 13.628 W113 06.884
From La Verkin, just north of Hurricane, take Hwy 9 east to the Dalton Wash dirt road located at the mile 20 marker. Turn north (left) on to Dalton Wash Road and follow it to the fork. Park your vehicle here if the remaining 700 m of road up to the mesa is wet (right fork). Once up top on the mesa, look to the obvious fork in the road just ahead from the parking area. Take the right fork and ride for about 100 m. The trailhead is marked with rock cairns and begins with you riding across the slick rock.
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