Quick Trip: Hurricane Utah

Zion - Guacamole

Hurricane Utah is a destination we’ve wanted to revisit the last couple of years with the rumors of awesome new trails.  Other destinations in the southwest have pulled a little harder, until now.  The new (to us) trails definitely exceeded our expectations and we’re happy to report that the Hurricane area is on a new level with regards to new trail trail development.

OTE HurricaneFirst stop, Over the Edge Sports in Hurricane.  We were able to get the trail beta (without even twisting their arms) and walked out with an awesome handkerchief map and a plan of trails to hit up. Next stop was the great  Riverrock Roasting Company for some pre ride caffeine.

We’ve ridden many of the more well known trails in the area when we previously lived in UT, but there we’re some we still never managed to ride.  Guacamole was one of them and our first destination this trip.  The road up to the trailhead is pretty steep and with recent rains we opted to park the sprinter van with well-worn tires at the bottom of the road.

Views from the trailhead are amazing and there is some very nice primitive camping.  The beginning of the tail reminded me of the nearby Gooseberry Mesa with lots of slick rock and low speed tech.  Amazing views never really stopped throughout the ride and the fun only got better throughout the trail.  We did miss a couple of the 3 way and 4 way rock piles on the way out, but figured them out with no problem coming back to the tail head.  If you like Gooseberry and slickrocky tech, Guacamole is very similar but with different amazing views of Zion National Park.

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Guacamole, Zion UT
Beautiful burn and twisted landscape from past burns.

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Quail Creek RnBNext we headed just south of town before the I-15 turn to check out the Quail Creek trails.  We really liked the trails there as they reminded us of a mix of Bootleg Canyon in Boulder City, NV and Fruita trails.

The Quail Creek State park is adjacent to these trails and highly recommended if you’re in need of a camp spot in the area.  Cost is only $15.  What’s cool about this system is the diversity from intermediate to advanced trails that flow pretty well given the steep terrain.

The Rhythm and Blues trail offers good upper intermediate terrain to keep you on your toes and the Overlook trails to the South on the opposite side of the reservoir are much more challenging with lots of steep and rocky single track to explore.

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Quail Reservoir
Quail Creek Overlook trails southeast of the reservoir

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Quail Creek Trailhead
The Rhythm and Blues area has a little something for everyone and is a great area to work on the skills.

Quail Creek Snake Rock

Hurricane is a great designation if you enjoy incredible views and a good mix of flowy trails like Gould’s Rim and Jem and loads of rocky playgrounds on the mesas.  Camping both in campgrounds and on public land is widely available adjacent to trails.   This was just a short trip and there are still other areas we want to go back and explore.  So there’s an excuse to return to Hurricane soon, BONUS![/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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