Out and Back
To reach Gooseberry Mesa, take highway 59 out of Hurricane and watch for a large sign for Gooseberry Mesa. At the sign, turn north onto a dirt road and follow the signs for about 30 minutes to the White Trail. Note that when muddy, the road is difficult even if you have 4WD.
Ready to enjoy world-class Gooseberry Mesa? You’ll love this network of trails, designed specifically for mountain biking, because they include a major fun factor! Known as the best downhill trail on the mesa, prepare for major undulating ups and downs, huge sandstone mounds, quick climbs, and twists through tight rock canyons. Definitely a technical trail, you’ll need to have a fair level of skill as you wind through this section of Gooseberry Mesa.
Many people enjoy making a “figure 8” by taking Hidden Canyon twice where they can see the best of Gooseberry Mesa in the least amount of time. Another option is to add that loop onto another loop of trails. For a longer ride, try this: start by taking the South Rim Trail to Hidden Canyon. From there you’ll take North Rim, the Yellow Trail, and then go out to the point from more breathtaking views. To come back, take the South Rim, to Hidden Canyon, and cross into Bowls and Ledges, or just head back to your car.
Like other Gooseberry trails, the trail is marked with white dots on the slick rock and signs at the junctions to make it easier to navigate Gooseberry Mesa.
There is no water provided. Primitive camping is permitted in the area