Distance: 11.2 km (one-way)
Time: 1 – 2 hrs
Elevation Gain: 30 m
Elevation Loss: 281 m
Technical Rating: Intermediate
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: Year round
Permit Required: No
The JEM trail is named after John, Ellen and Mike, the three builders of this sweet singletrack that may be ridden as a loop, out and back or can be shuttled. The trail gives a whole new meaning to the term flow. The hard packed and smooth singletrack is a joy to ride, making it really fun at mach speed. Ride it fast or take your time and enjoy your surroundings as you make your way down to the Virgin River. Expect a short exposed bit of trail near the north end of JEM, which can be walked if you’re uncomfortable riding too close to the gorge. There is a short technical switchback section in the middle of this trail, dubbed the staircase, which may be walked or avoided all together if it makes the beginner rider uncomfortable; otherwise this trail is great for all abilities to enjoy.
To loop this trail combine it with the Hurricane Rim and Gould’s Rim trails for a 34 kilometer loop or ride it one way for a 22.4 kilometer return trip.
TRAILHEAD | N37 08.636 W113 14.513
From Hurricane take Hwy 59 east towards Zion National Park. Drive about 8 kilometers to the red dirt road located on your left. Drive 500 metres to the well-marked parking area. The trail map found in the carpark will get you on the right track. The Trailhead is actually 900 metres up the doubletrack on your left – well marked.
N37 08.101 W113 14.525 (parking)
N37 08.636 W113 14.513 (TH)
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