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Hurricane Cliffs Mountain Biking: JEM

Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, Utah

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Hurricane Cliffs Mountain Biking: JEM

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  • The JEM Trailhead.- Hurricane Cliffs Mountain Biking: JEM
  • Descent on JEM's upper section.- Hurricane Cliffs Mountain Biking: JEM
  • Steep switchback dropping from the upper section.- Hurricane Cliffs Mountain Biking: JEM
  • Flying down the gulley.- Hurricane Cliffs Mountain Biking: JEM
  • Looking west across the desert.- Hurricane Cliffs Mountain Biking: JEM
  • Looking north across the desert.- Hurricane Cliffs Mountain Biking: JEM
  • Looking south across the desert.- Hurricane Cliffs Mountain Biking: JEM
  • Along the rim.- Hurricane Cliffs Mountain Biking: JEM
  • Looking north approaching the Virgin River.- Hurricane Cliffs Mountain Biking: JEM
  • Hugging the rim of the Virgin River.- Hurricane Cliffs Mountain Biking: JEM
  • Climbing out onto the lower parking area.- Hurricane Cliffs Mountain Biking: JEM
  • - Hurricane Cliffs Mountain Biking: JEM
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy access. Big vistas.
Cons: 
No shade.
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Region:
Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, UT
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
143.00 ft (43.59 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Trail difficulty: 
Green
Total Distance: 
7.10 mi (11.43 km)
Trail type: 
Shuttle
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,293.00 ft (1,308.51 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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JEM is one of the older mountain bike trails in Utah's Hurricane Cliffs Trail System, and it is a classic ride for the area. It is easily and quickly accessed, offers beautiful views, and it is a good ride for beginners.

Although it is possible to ride this trail as an out-and-back, it is super easy to shuttle on the dirt road that cuts across the desert from the lower parking area. Even when shuttled, the descent is mellow enough to still require a considerable amount of pedaling. The trail begins as a downhill-only section starting immediately to the right after the gate at the trailhead. After a couple of steeper descents, you’ll hit the More Cowbell Trail junction. Hang a sharp right onto the marked JEM Trail. Here is a semi-technical steep descent that will drop you into the gully below. Feel free to walk this section if you need to. From there on out, it’s a relatively straight shot across the open desert before you drop down to the cliffs along the Virgin River. There are several intersecting trails, some marked and some not, but if you continue straight ahead you shouldn’t have any problems. The exposure on the cliff edges makes some riders nervous. However, the trail is mellow enough that it does not provide any real technical challenge through these areas; the main challenge is the psychological effect of such a steep drop-off. You’ll follow the rim until it leads you up to the lower parking area where you’ve left your chase vehicle.

Be aware that the temperatures in this area can get dangerously high. Be sure to take plenty of water whatever time of year you hit it, and be very cautious in the warmer months. It is not uncommon for people to die from dehydration in this desert.

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