A steep road-trace descent with nice views and just a touch of exposure”
— Eric Ashley
This is a multi-use trail that is open to pedestrians, mountain bikers, equestrians, and motorized traffic.
Conditions change rapidly with weather events and during spring runoff. Check with the Monticello Ranger District for updated information.
The Gooseberry Trail (445) connects East Gooseberry Road (094) with South Cottonwood Road (106) over the course of three miles along a rocky road trace. The rocky road trace has plenty of steeper sections that can be slick after periods of rain or snow.
From the top, look for the faint road trace off of East Gooseberry Road (094). The trail heads south-east along a gradual climb through scattered trees. After less than a half mile, the trail begins to descend as a grand vista of the adjacent valley comes into view.
Soon, the rocky doubletrack meanders alongside an eroded slope. At no point does the trail get too close to the edge, but curious hikers may want to venture out for a better view. A steep descent continues over the next few miles and many of the views are once again hidden.
Eventually, the grade mellows out near a meadow, followed by a series of switchbacks. As the trail continues, it turns north and maintains a gradual descent until it connects with South Cottonwood Road (106).