South Rim Trail
Recommended Users: Mountain Bikers, Hikers
Length: 5.9 miles
Management Area: Gooseberry Mesa National Recreational Area
Sub-Area: Gooseberry Mesa
Managing Agency: BLM
Access: White Trailhead – From City of St. George travel north on Interstate 15. Take exit 16 to Hurricane City. Turn right on Main Street. Take the first left onto State Route 59. Turn left on Smithsonian Butte National Backcountry Byway. At 2.8 miles from the SR 59, turn left and travel northwest 3.3 miles until reaching the Gooseberry Trailhead. Turn left at the Gooseberry Trailhead and travel west for 1.3 miles to reach the White Trailhead.
Description: The South Rim Trail is demanding. From steep drop-offs, difficult climbs, sharp turns, and narrow ledges, this trail offers a lot of challenges for the experienced rider. Sections of this trail are known as “God’s Skateboard Park,” “Cattle Grate,” and “Rattlesnake Rim,” which all tell a little something about the conditions. We give it an Extreme rating for its exposure along the rim and the potential to get into serious trouble (or fun). There are a couple of bail-outs spots at 1.55 miles to the White Trail and again at 2.65 miles on a gravel road that leads back to the White Trail.