still_exploring

discovering God's creation

JEM Trail

The JEM trail, named for trailblazers John, Ellen, and Mike, is a 22 mile bike trail that travels along the Virgin River and Hurricane Cliffs. The first 2 miles of this trail is a beautiful walking trail along the Virgin River Canyon to the Virgin River dam.

Overall rating = moderate

Distance: 4.4 miles – moderate
Elevation gain: <200 feet - easy Terrain: Narrow hard packed trail - easy Exposure: Trail follws the cliff edge and is not for those affraid of heights - moderate To see the trail rating system used here see Trail Rating System

Getting There

Drive 4.9 miles west on SR9 from the corner of SR9 and SR17 to the Sheep Bridge Road.

Turn right on Sheep Bridge Road, cross the Sheep Bridge and turn right just after a cattle gate 0.7 miles from SR9.

Drive 0.2 miles to the parking lot.

Directions to the JEM Trail

Parking Area and Trailhead

For a one page printout of the directions click Directions to Jem Trail

The Trail

The trail follows the Virgin Canyon Rim for a little over 1/2 mile to a major side canyon and then travels south along this dry canyon for 3/4 mile to its head. You can return to the trailhead or continue on the the Virgin River dam.

To continue on to the dam, leave the JEM trail at the head of this side canyon and take the road up the hill to the right around the private Stone Quarry taking the left branch of the road across country back to the Virgin River and then follow the river to the dam.

Trail along Major Side Canyon


Trail to the Dam

Trail Map around Head of Major Side Canyon

Here are some of the pictures we took.