Recommended Users: Hikers, Mountain Bikers
Length: 5.5 miles round trip, with all possible loop variations
Access: Take I-15 Exit 16 to Hurricane City (SR 9); take the exit ramp south toward Hurricane. Follow SR 9 east for approximately 19.6 miles, just past the town of Virgin. Turn left on the Dalton Wash Road and continue for 1.7 miles until you come to a fork in the road. Take the left fork and follow the main road 2.4 miles along the main dirt road that skirts around the base of the mesa to the east and eventually climbs a steeper section of road (high-clearance, 4WD vehicle recommended) to the top of this mesa. Follow the road as it curves southeast and find a dirt parking area at the trailhead on your right.
Degree Decimal: UTM: 312408 E 4122065 N Degree, Minute, Second:
Latitude: 37.226242 Latitude: 37° 13' 34.471" N
Longitude: -113.114494 Longitude: 113° 6' 52.178" W
Description: From the trailhead, the trail heads southwest across slickrock, towards the rim of the mesa. Rock cairns may be present along the length of the trail to aid your navigation. Winding singletrack through pinion-juniper forest stays near the rim at first, affording views towards Dalton Wash to the west and the Virgin River valley and Gooseberry Mesa to the south.
Approximately 1 mile from the trailhead, a loop of the trail splits to the right, giving you the option of edge-of-the-rim views for another 0.85 miles before connecting again to the main trail.
Approximately 1.9 miles (or 2.25 mi if you took the loop closest to the rim) after the trailhead, the trail splits again at a “Y” intersection. Ride in either direction. This long loop will test your technical riding and route-finding skills as it winds its way through a maze of rolling slickrock formations.
Return to the trailhead the way you came in, enjoying impressive views into Zion National Park including Cougar Mountain to the north, and Crater Hill, Coalpits Wash, and the West Temple to the east.