The Gooseberry Mesa trail network sits at 5200 feet elevation on a slickrock mesa. The trail is marked with white paint dots on the slickrock and signs at the junctions. The network is a bit of a maze, but fairly easy to follow. The trail undulates up and down house size sandstone mounds and twists through tight rock canyons. It's the perfect technical trail. There are many ways to connect the various trails to make it longer or shorter, harder or easier, and they're all good. If this is your first time, you may want to try out the Practice Trail first to get your Gooseberry groove on. Bring lots of water. There is no drinking water available on the mesa. There is primitive camping available in the area.
I mapped this trail counter-clockwise because many people take this trail first as a warm up. The trail starts by branching off the doubletrack (north) about 0.3 miles west of the White Trailhead. It ends back on the two track road. From here you can loop back to the trailhead on the road or continue onto one of the other trails. Do not be fooled by the name. Slickrock virgins will find this trail challenging, and Gooseberry veterans still enjoy this trail.
Shared By: Matt Anderson