Overview

The Gooseberry Practice Trail is a great introductory trail to mountain biking in the renowned Gooseberry Mesa Trail system. This route begins at the White Trailhead and utilizes a section of the White Trail in order to form a lollipop loop of approximately 2.1 miles.

The Practice Trail is intermediate in technical difficulty but is suitable for more experienced beginners looking to improve their skills in more difficult terrain. This trail is also open to hiking and is suitable for children and adults of all ages and fitness levels.

Trailhead

The Gooseberry Practice Trail is accessed from the White Trailhead on Gooseberry Mesa. To reach the trailhead from Main Street in Hurricane, UT:

  1. Drive East on UT-59 for 14.0 miles to the signed junction for Gooseberry Mesa on the left.
  2. Turn left onto the dirt road heading north toward Gooseberry Mesa and continue 2.7 miles to a signed junction for Gooseberry Mesa.
  3. Turn left at the junction for Gooseberry Mesa and continue 3.5 miles to another signed junction for White Trailhead adjacent to the Gooseberry Trailhead.
  4. Turn left toward the White Trailhead and continue 1.1 miles to the to the White Trailhead.

The Route

From the White Trailhead cross the cattle guard and begin riding on the doubletrack trail heading west. The White Trail is open to motor vehicles but it is primarily used by mountain bikers. After approximately 0.3 miles, turn right at the signed junction for the Practice Trail. The beginning of the Practice Trail is marked by white dots on slickrock that runs adjacent to another 4WD road.

Continue north on the Practice Trail as it winds through a pinyon and juniper forest. The trail surface varies from dirt, to slickrock, to occasional soft sand. The diverse terrain offers less experienced riders an excellent opportunity to build skills before moving on to more difficult trails in the area.

Keep riding as the trail turns west before crossing a 4WD road. Junctions for the Bowls & Ledges and North Rim Trails are encountered before the trail ends at The White Trail. Turn left onto The White Trail to return to the east end of the Practice Trail for another lap, or stay on The White Trail to return to the trailhead.

Rules & Regulations

Stay on designated trails.

Clean up after pets.

Pack out all trash.

Special Considerations

Mountain biking can be a dangerous activity. Ensure your equipment is properly maintained and appropriate for the terrain. Be sure to wear appropriate safety gear including a helmet.

Credits

This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.