RR: Gooseberry / St. George, UT

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by schillingsworth, Nov 15, 2017.

  1. schillingsworth

    schillingsworth Member

    Location:
    Queen Creek, AZ
    Name:
    John Schilling
    Current Bike:
    Motobecane Ti 29er
    Stop the presses...I met up with a SoCal dude this weekend. You may know him. @evdog & I joined forces for a weekend of riding & picture taking on Gooseberry Mesa, St. George & Little Creek Mesa. It didn't suck.

    I'm still catching up on my blog after a recent trip to Moab, but here are a few snaps.
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    Evan in power mode.
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    What goes up, must come down.
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    Love the routing here.
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    The trail gets a tad close to the edge here.
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    These trails would be so much better without these garbage views. #meh
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    We tracked down the ScampLife duo (Scott & Eszter) for a spin on Wire Mesa.
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    Just off Gooseberry in Apple Valley is a Chevron, Little Creek Station. It has bomber burgers. Believe it.
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    I approve of Kentucky Lucky Chicken trail in St. George.
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    I'll steal Evan's line: Kentucky Lucky Chicken >>> Kentucky Fried Chicken.
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    Behold!! Ride #3 on the day brought us Zen.
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    Meet our random camp neighbor, Ryan Leech.
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    Our final day was overcast & cool. Perfect for Little Creek Mesa.
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    Evan getting rowdy on the Waterfall.
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    This guy was unstoppable!!
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    Focus.
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    I got in on some of the action too.

    More to come...
     
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  2. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

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    David
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    Some good reportage there... THANKS!
     
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  3. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Rockstah

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    La Verne, CA
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    Dennis (AKA Dio)
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    2013 Trek Slash 9 (26er)
    Solid!
     
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  4. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    Not wasting any time! Great shots, really like the color in some of those. What more could there possibly be???

    I'm about 6 months behind and still trying to figure out what to do sans photobucket....
     
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  5. schillingsworth

    schillingsworth Member

    Location:
    Queen Creek, AZ
    Name:
    John Schilling
    Current Bike:
    Motobecane Ti 29er
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  6. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk Well-Known Member

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    Josh
    Current Bike:
    N+1
    Wow
     
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  7. hill^billy

    hill^billy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Acton
    Name:
    Doug Lake
    Current Bike:
    Yeti SB-66
    I miss that place! Nice report and picks! Well I don’t know, I don’t think I could trust any of those rock bridges?
     
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  8. 406

    406 Member

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    San Diego
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    Brian
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    Ripmo
    @evdog needs a few more things strapped to his helmet.
     
  9. mike

    mike iMTB Addict

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  10. Old Skool

    Old Skool Member

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    Hacienda Hgts. (Turnbull Cyn. is My Backyard!)
    Name:
    Rick
    Current Bike:
    Pivot Mach 5.7 C (w/ 650b's)
    Simply spectacular! Great pics SW! Question on that pic of Evan getting rowdy......Where The F&%k is the line from there? I see no way out?
     
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  11. Fanatic

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    Aaron Brooks
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    Rocky Mountain Altitude 70RSL
    I too am a Hawesaholic...
     
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  12. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    That looks entirely too outstanding. I'll have to hit that sooner or later..
     
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  13. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    Well, in theory you can ride down, bump the wall, roll back half turn, and then make the turn and continue on the normal line. I've done it before. Did not have the cajones to try that this time so I just rolled down the steep part towards the lower approach/climbing route.
     
  14. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Spectacular! Well done and well documented. :thumbsup: :cool:
     
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  15. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    OK, so I'm a bit behind but here are my pics from that weekend... happy holidays!


    So the list of road trip destinations is ever-expanding. Which can make it hard to get back to some of the past favorites. Aside from a brief stopover at Thanksgiving last year, it had been a couple years since I'd done a proper Gooseberry/StGeorge road trip.

    Schillingsworth had gone for the first time last spring and his stoke got me amped to go back, so we agreed a return trip this fall would be in order. Basil would join me from SD and Sam joined John coming from Phx. Hurricane is conveniently an equal distance for each of us so this is likely not the last meetup. It would be Basil and Sam's first time riding here.

    We all got in late on Thursday night, the others getting a campsite and Basil and I showing up an hour later.

    There was no early waking time for day one and given we were camped on the mesa, a ride at Gooseberry made sense for the first day.


    Rolling along the Windmill loop

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    Sam dropping in

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    The plan was to hit Hidden canyon and Secret Tr plus whatever else to connect them. We played around a bit but generally kept moving

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    At the start of Hidden Canyon we'd see the only "big" group for the day, a group of 5. Just a few pairs and individual riders besides that.

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    Schillingsworth in the hidden canyon

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    Window into the soul...but Schillingsworth has a singular focus

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    Hidden Canyon was fun as always, and then it was on to Secret Tr. I still have trouble finding the correct entrance each time, but soon enough we were on it.

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    Sand wasn't as bad as it has been in the past, but was still thick enough to bring you to a stop in spots

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    Half the people I take on this trail don't like it. Maybe doing this trail early in the ride rather than after the whole north and south rim is the ticket.

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    Schillingsworth dropping in on the backside

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    motoring along

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    I love the diversity of rock features on this trail.

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    Climbing up one of the tougher slabs. I think we were only 2 for 4 making it up this. There were some sketchy burnouts as tires lost traction at the transition

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    Final climb out of the bathtub was tricky too

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    Cruising some nice open slickrock connecting back to South rim

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    Schillingsworth dropping down one of the few "sustained" descents on the mesa

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    We made our way back to camp after that needing a refreshment but undecided on what to do with the rest of the day. Wire mesa would be easy but we had plans to hit that with some friends the next day. After a couple beers we decided to roll back out and try to hit the rest of north rim before sunset. John and Sam decided to peel off and take North Rim back to camp. Basil and I rode on to see if we could hit the point before dark.

    We made it out there with the sun still up and got to enjoy some killer golden hour light

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    Chasing the last rays down from the point

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    I was able to goad Basil into riding the south rim all the way back. Better than the fire road!

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    Fun times as always and we made it back to the road before we needed to turn on lights. Cool part of the night was discovering we were camped next to Ryan Leech, and getting the invite over to share campfire since our spot didn't have a ring.
     
  16. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    For Day 2 the plan was not settled except to meet up with Scott and Eszter at Wire Mesa, and then head into St George.

    Scott and Eszter live and work remotely out of a Scamp trailer and travel all over the west riding and adventuring. They were nearby to ride and hike in Zion, and we were able to meet up for a ride.

    We opted to ride clockwise, and added on an out and back connector to the road that was pretty fun.

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    Turning back onto the main trail we continued on

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    Taking in a great view of Zion from an overlook

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    Going the way we did there were a couple techy chutes then some random rocky sections the rest of the way, getting harder as we got back to the trailhead

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    Scott goes back for an optional line, with a view

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    Then shows us how to clean a punchy double step up move

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    Tasty burger at the Chevron near the turnoff for Gooseberry

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    For an afternoon ride everything was up for discussion. Options suggested were Barrel Roll/Suicidal Tendencies/Sidewinder, Zen, R&B, KLC. All fun options and all new to some or all of us, or it was time to hit them again. In the end we opted to hit a short one first, Kentucky Lucky Chicken then see what else we could fit in.

    After stopping briefly to help an elderly hiker who was dehydrated we headed off clockwise

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    There was some fairly mellow switchback climbing with occasional tech builts to keep it interesting

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    Almost at the top near the radio towers

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    Then it was mostly descent on the way back, with a few short climbs to keep us honest. Fun trail, and it felt longer than the 4 miles this trail is listed at - in a good way.

    KLC is similar to the Barrel Roll area trails - really and fun moderately techy. Considering the similarity and having just a couple daylight hours left, it made sense to ride Zen next.

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    Zen is a much tougher trail. I remembered some parts but forgot how steep the climb up was

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    Schillingsworth climbing up a slab overlooking the 5 fingers of death on Bearclaw Poppy

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    Basil and Schillingsworth descend another fun section

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    Riding into the light

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    Every good ride has some HAB...

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    Checking out the view from up top

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    It was a fun descent back down. We got turned around at one spot but managed to get out. Last time I rode this 6-7 yrs ago we missed a turn and had to take powerline back. No such misfortune today, we found the turnoff and finished on singletrack back to the trailhead just at last light. 3 rides - great day on the bike!

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  17. evdog

    evdog Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    For Day 3, Little Creek Mesa was a unanimous choice. Close to camp and central to where everyone had to leave from. I generally like Gooseberry a lot better but it had been five years since I'd last ridden Little Creek, so it was time for a visit.

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    Again the plan was to head towards a corner of the trail system that Schillingsworth had missed on his last trip. Soon enough we were at the waterfall and some sessioning ensued

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    Sam cruising along the North Point loop

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    Schllingsworth riding the rock bridge

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    We headed back on a couple of the alternate loops to the south of Magic Carpet Ride

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    None of the trails offer a direct path of course, so at times we rode east, west, north and south all on the same trail

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    The color in some of the rock is impressive and is not done justice at all in the photos

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    Basil cresting a tough climb

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    back through the Waterfall and the tough climb out of it to the south

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    Then some more zigging and zagging

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    And some more climbing to get out

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    Schillingsworth and Sam opted to duck out to the car and make their way home when we got close to the road. Thanks as always for some fun rides!

    Basil and I continued on for one more loop on the western loop via Magic Carpet Ride

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    I'd never ridden this loop counter clockwise but it rode well, and could be best that direction given the flow on Magic Carpet Ride.

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    The loop rode fast and took less than 90 mins before we were on the road ourselves. After one more stop at the Chevron for a burger, that is...

    Another fun road trip in the books...
     
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  18. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

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    Mike, aka "Snake"
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    Outstanding Evan, thanks again for sharing.
     
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  19. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    You really need to get out more... :confused: :D

    Great photos and superb riding. Thanks for sharing. :thumbsup:
     
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  20. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
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    Yeti ASR5c, SC Hightower
    I am asking myself the same exact thing right now...
    How did I miss this!
    Thank goodness for the picture slot machine!
     
  21. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer & Primer
    Of course you have a chance to LIVE IT instead of looking at photos by joining us October 5-8. :thumbsup:
     
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