1.1 miles
Distance
46 ft
Climb
-764 ft
Descent
00:24:19
Avg time
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Grafton Mesa Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Grafton Mesa
    Hurricane, Utah
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond (2 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Jump, Gap Jump, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #2794 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 65 in E-Biking
    • 80 in Trail Running
    • 55 in Hiking

During Grafton Ghost Town days, this was an old mule track to access the mesa-top, now eroded into narrow downhill-only singletrack.

The upper 1/2 sections are a very rough technical rock garden on a steep descent. Lots of loose chunk, boulders and some steep rolls down rock stacks. Trail is mostly straight but has a couple of twists and bends. Due to the large boulders and drops, sight-lines are limited and a major element of the difficulty is the short time available to study the trail ahead. Some sections fade from view and can only be judged just immediately before the entry to drop/roll. This is rough, old-school tech-gnar with lots of steep and loose and uneven traction. Most lines have no easy ways to abandon or step-off the bike due to the hazards left and right, so the trail requires a lot of commitment.

The lower 1/2 sections move further away from the rocky bands of rock along the cliff and introduce surface changes. There are some rock-stack chutes and multiple side-options with more speed and momentum possible. Some of the side options involve gaps or high-lines to drop-off.

The bottom quarter is smooth dirt. There are spines, drops, hips, gaps and ridges.

CAUTION: near the bottom, the trail takes a gentle left turn along the ridge of a spine. To the right of the spine is an unsurvivable sheer drop-off, and you will be very close to the edge, especially if you do not turn. The drop cannot be seen on the approach. People walking up to and near the edge have made it seem like the line of the trail goes riight towards the drop.

Conveniently in case of disaster, there is a graveyard located just at the end of the trail.

Not suitable for wet weather.

Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Grafton Mesa mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -718 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,701 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,433 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,433 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,715 ft
  • Grade max
    -60.746%
  • Grade min
    21.193%
  • Distance climb
    593 ft
  • Distance down
    5,175 ft
  • Distance flat
    210 ft
  • Avg time
    00:24:19
  • Avg reverse time
    00:43:24
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Status:
on May 12, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 4.7 (19 votes)

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  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Grafton Mesa Trail Reports

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      May 12, 2021 @ 10:39am
      May 12, 2021
      They could use some trail signs. If you don't use trailforks or some other app, forget it.
      Feb 20, 2021 @ 12:41pm
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      Feb 8, 2021 @ 9:33am
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      Jan 2, 2021 @ 6:41pm
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      May 22, 2020 @ 7:39pm
      May 22, 2020
      reporter excellent!
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      10 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flagrfr (Jul 4, 2018 at 18:43)
       First 1/2 of trail is pretty much a techy steep constant rock garden, but a lot of fun, then it gets faster with some optional jumps and lines and ending close to some freeride you can hike up to and the Grafton road gaps
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      • + 0
      whoisadam (Oct 14, 2018 at 13:38)
       Short and sweet, lots of the rock rollers are pretty straightforward you just have to commit. Very sustained the whole way down, you should be able to ride this clean as a good precursor to Flying Monkey which is much steeper and looser.
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      • + 1
      MarcioFranco (Nov 11, 2018 at 19:33)
       Great ride. Techy rock garden at uper part with so much flow mid way down. At car park there’s is some nice droops and quickers to play with your buddy’s.
      Another great work from the locals in Hurricane.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      Plfraser2 (Jun 21, 2019 at 19:32)
       One of the beat gnar I’ve ridden. So well set up, you roll through stuff that looks like random chunk. Big trail bike will be best, a dh rig is not a bad choice but rough to push up. My process 153 loved every minute
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      cqlater911 (Feb 11, 2020 at 16:48)
       This trail is amazing. Very difficult. You must commit or you will spend your time OTB and subsequently walking your bike.
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      • + 0
      zerospinskier (Apr 5, 2020 at 15:46)
       Fun trail! But difficult to ride without shuttling. You have to walk up, or ride the long road around. The top is lots of big rocks, but it really opens up after.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Nick1MTB (Oct 6, 2020 at 13:44)
       Awesome trail if you're looking for a challenging ride. Completed it on my 160/140 trail bike. The walk up makes it seem more daunting than it is.. So sick!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      JoshChen21 (Nov 14, 2020 at 17:24)
       Very technical in the beginning, loose rocks, steep rolls but lots of fun on my 160mm enduro bike. Second half is fast and flowy with a couple optional jumps and some pretty good exposure. I think double black is an appropriate rating. Would definitely recommend on a longer travel bike.
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      • + 0
      SlideReady (Jan 14, 2021 at 22:38)
       Excellent trail building. Super chunky, fairly steep with some exposure. A few difficult and/or committing moves in the sustained rock garden but it gets progressively easier and faster then dumps into some drops and big jumps
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