|Little Creek Mountain - East Point Loop|
Little Creek Mountain is a flat-top mesa 18 miles east of Hurricane, 10 miles south of its more famous twin Gooseberry Mesa. Like Gooseberry, Little Creek has technical singletrack mixed with areas of open rock. There are two well-traveled interconnected loops of around 9 miles each that can be linked together for 15 miles of advanced riding. At 5600 feet average elevation, there's little vertical change over the course of the trail. This guide is for the East Loop to The Point.
|Ride Notes, East Point Loop counterclockwise:|
0.0 Continue south on doubletrack from parking area
0.2 Singletrack forks off right, uphill and into trees
0.6 Just after crossing doubletrack, open rock on left
N 37° 03.821' W 113° 13.606', keep straight
( Left = singletrack to west edge of mesa)
1.1 Fork R at end of rock area (L = shorter route)
N 37° 04.157' W 113° 13.255'
1.7 Critical spot! Fork LEFT (R = get lost)
N37 04.315 W113 12.829
2.1 Rejoin from 1.1, keep R
N37 04.422 W113 13.002
3.1 Stay R (L = short East Loop)
N37 04.740 W113 12.765
|4.3 At The Point, continue north|
N37 05.240 W113 12.338
4.9 Far north end of mesa N37 05.698 W113 12.387
6.6 Join shortcut from 3.1, keep R
N37 04.693 W113 13.038
7.1 Join trail from West Mesa, fork L
N37 04.490 W113 13.403
8.4 Fork L (R=outbound West Mesa)
N37 03.726 W113 13.824
8.7 Back at first trail fork, go R
N 37° 03.821' W 113° 13.606'
9.1 Back at parking.
Getting there: On Highway 9 at the east end of Hurricane, turn south on US-59 and zero your odometer. One block later, turn left (east) and begin climbing up out of the Hurricane Valley. 13.2 miles later, turn right on gravel road. 14.1 turn right; 14.9 keep right; 16.0 keep left; 16.4 keep left; 18.5 continue straight across cattleguard; 19.5 turn right (critical turn where corral is on your left, leave the main road); 20.1 bear left. At 21.0, cross 3rd cattle guard; 21.5 road reaches slickrock, park here (GPS N 37° 03.586' W 113° 13.528'). Begin the ride by heading down the road (the singletrack forks off on the right 0.2 miles later).
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