Wire Mesa

Hurricane

One of Hurricane's newest trails offers fantastic mesa top riding on non-technical trail.

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
12 km
Ascent
208 m
Descent
208 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.3 km
High Point
1.4 km
Gradient
Wire Mesa Map

Wire Mesa is one of the newest trails in the Hurricane region, recently completed in 2016. While many sections of Wire Mesa's nearby grandfather trail, Gooseberry Mesa, are renowned for their technicality, the trails found on Wire Mesa are much more approachable and intermediate-friendly.

Description

On Wire Mesa, you'll find "7 miles of purpose-built singletrack trail winding along the rim and diving into the junipers on the top of a relatively flat but intensely scenic mesa," according to ParagonAdventure.com. This intermediate-friendly singletrack features smooth dirt trail with small sections of slickrock cropping up at random intervals. Some sections of the trail run close to the rim of the mesa, providing stunning views into nearby Zion National Park.

Wire Mesa is a two-way trail, so whichever way you ride it, expect to encounter oncoming trail traffic. Multiple sources note that the trail feels dramatically different depending on which way you choose to ride it, so if you have the legs, you could easily pedal the loop once, and then turn around and ride it again in the opposite direction.

If you handle Wire Mesa with little difficulty, head on over to Gooseberry Mesa for a burlier slickrock challenge!

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Technical
  • Singletrack
  • Rock Slabs
  • Rock Gardens

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