St George Day 2: Riding the Goose w/ Rich and Jeff

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by mtnbikej, Apr 23, 2015.

  1. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    Day 2:

    The must ride of the area......Gooseberry Mesa :clap:

    My wife wasn't feeling very good after her spill the night before so she opted out of this one. So it was just the guys.

    Had been almost 2 years since I had been out there last, and the parking area had been upgraded quite a bit.
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    The view were amazing in every direction
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    The sled I would be riding all week
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    For those who don't know what the Goose is....picture Moab on a much small scale. Sandstone riding with a bit of dirt trail.

    Short and steep ups. Short and punchy. Think you are a strong climber, a strong technical climber....this trail will put you to the test

    Jeff wondering where are we going? Follow the white dots
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    Yours truely :ugeek:
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    What up, Bro?
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    We started off on South Rim....and since we are on a mesa....there are sides....overlooking Hwy 59
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    Selfie to send to my wife :mrgreen:
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    Punchy climb after punchy climb....the traction on the sandstone is ridiculous....like riding on 20 grit sandpaper. If you can pedal, the tire will hook up.

    Out at the end of South Rim is the Point. Nice view from both sides
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    Headed back down South Rim....fun out and back. Took the detour to Hidden Canyon....best trail out there. More punchy climbs, but a bigger mix of dirt trail and rocks in between the sandstone sections....but the sandstone sections are tougher and much more fun in here.

    Crossed the White Trail and headed over to North Rim. More of the same until we got to the overlook at the start of Windmill Trail



    Windmill Trail is a more traditional trail....not as many sandstone sections, with a bit of fire road to loop back around.

    Back down North Rim and back to the parking lot.

    Mesa miles are tough. We knocked out 16 miles/900' of climbing.....but it felt like 2x the mileage and 5x the elevation.

    <a class="postlink" href="https://www.strava.com/activities/289488566" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">https://www.strava.com/activities/289488566</a>

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  2. jaime

    jaime Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Corona, ca
    Name:
    jaime
    Current Bike:
    '15 Giant reign advanced 1
    Big thumps up for sharing and posting these beautiful pics !!! Thank you !
     
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  3. scottay

    scottay Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Gods Country
    Name:
    Scottay
    Nice! I was there a few years back, got caught in a wicked downpour. Before that tho, my bud threw his gloves off that bluff....and they blew right back up to him!

    Gonna hit Grafton while you're there?... or JEM?
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  4. Cougar

    Cougar Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Washington City, UT (near St. George)
    Name:
    Craig
    Current Bike:
    '14 Turner Burner
    That place looks awesome. /jealous
     
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  5. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Trust the dots, Luke...

    Great RR and pics. Thanks!

    Fun type of riding that every MtBer should experience. But do NOT try that access road when it is saturated. 4 adults, 4 bikes in my Audi Allroad and we barely got out of there with AWD and 10.5" of ground clearance. The clay stuck in my suspension and drivetrain for a year and ruined most of the moving parts under the car.
     
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  6. SoCal_Rider

    SoCal_Rider Member

    Location:
    Temecula/Murrieta
    Name:
    Ryan
    I could guess from the leftover tire ruts in that road that it would be a nightmare to drive when wet. Sounds like you got the full Goose experience. I bet that was stressful at the time. Getting stuck sucks.
     
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  7. SoCal_Rider

    SoCal_Rider Member

    Location:
    Temecula/Murrieta
    Name:
    Ryan
    Hidden Canyon was probably my favorite trail on the Goose. Although the views on the rim trails are amazing.
     
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