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Wire Mesa Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (147)

A great technical singletrack that is more flowing than other mesa rides, but still has some fun, expert features.


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Map Key

7.4

Miles

11.9

KM

Singletrack

4,502' 1,372 m

High

4,326' 1,319 m

Low

428' 130 m

Up

415' 127 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Family Friendly Fantastic vistas of Zion National Park, fun hiking, and a 3 mile out-and-back two track to a view point for beginners.

There is no camping allowed within 1/2 mile of the main road (Smithsonian Butte road).

Description

The Wire Mesa Loop is a fun, technical singletrack with amazing vistas of Zion National Park. It's not a beginner trail because of the technical section. It's a faster, flowing trail compared to other mesa trails like Gooseberry Mesa, and provides a different riding experience for the area. It's also a great learning trail for peeps that are not quite ready to take on the more advanced mesa rides (gooseberry mesa). This trail has plenty of technical slick rock, lots of short up and downs that challenge cardiac fitness. Bring plenty of water. Drinking water is not available on the mesa. When dry and hot, can be sandy.

The loop was designed to ride both ways, and it's really fun in both directions. The west rim flows a littler faster clockwise, but the tech stuff on the east rim is a little easier ridden counterclockwise. Many peeps will want to ride it one direction, and then ride it the other way for a 15-mile ride. It feels like a different trail each direction. If traveling counter clockwise you will encounter slick rock pretty much immediately. For beginners it might be best to warm up on the west side of the trail by going clockwise before hitting the technical stuff on the east side.

There are three signed "Easy/More Difficult" splits along the trail. Be warned the "More Difficult" routes have Black Diamond level features. This map follows the easier option on the splits.

There is also a doubletrack road that travels 1.5 miles north from the trailhead that is a great beginner out-and-back ride. It goes to the rim with amazing views in every direction, and intersects the Wire Mesa Loop. Beginners can ride this doubletrack and meet the rest of their group for a break at the rim. The doubletrack also makes a great exit point if riders need to make an early exit from the loop.

Google Maps may give you the option of going up from Rockville or from Highway 59 on the Hurricane side. Do not go the Rockville way unless you have a good 4x4 vehicle.

Contacts

Shared By:

Kevin Christopherson with improvements by Elizabeth Kellerman and 1 other

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  4.7 from 147 votes

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Views of Zion National Park abound on Wire Mesa.
May 10, 2017 near Springdale, UT
Wire Mesa is on my do-it-again trail list!
May 10, 2017 near Springdale, UT
Great views from the mesa
Sep 25, 2017 near Springdale, UT
I had to stop for a moment to soak in the views so I could concentrate on the trails alongside the ledge later.
Apr 8, 2017 near Springdale, UT
Zion National Park juts out of the ground in the background.
May 10, 2017 near Springdale, UT
Eyes to Zion
Oct 22, 2017 near Springdale, UT

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Nov 25, 2022
Lisa Darling
Jul 29, 2022
Alan Kellogg
Trail is clear and very doable except a few obstacles that are easily walkable. No drop off danger. Great vistas. 7.4mi — 1h 45m
May 18, 2022
Holly Godsey
Absolutely beautiful ride! Rode it clockwise. Road from south is in great shape but road to north was impassable in Subaru.
Apr 3, 2022
Angie Moran
HARD DRIVE in. had to walk bikes to the tail head bc road was too rough. great ride though! 10.4mi
Mar 22, 2022
Ted Siefkes
Awesome fast flowy. Definitely go counter clockwise! Biked UP from Graphton. Car could make it! 8.9mi
Nov 21, 2021
Tina S
With family. Owen and I did out and back to 2nd alt line. 7.5mi — 3h 00m
Nov 21, 2021
Dan 60D5H411
With Owen, Eliana and Tina
Oct 30, 2021
Scott Payne
Trail is in perfect shape. Road to the trailhead rougher than in the past. Took the gravel road out to Springdale, its in horrible condition!

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