Recently spent some time camping at one of my favorite mountain biking destinations, Gooseberry Mesa just outside of Hurricane, Utah. The early November trip surpassed expectations with clear skies and weirdly mild temperatures. The vest, tights and long-sleeve jerseys never came out of the gear bag. Even the nights around the campfire required no more than sweatpants and long-sleeve T-shirts.
Got to admit that jumping on the South Rim Trail is getting a bit too challenging for this old man. That one needs to be worked up to and the best way to do that is to start on the Windmill Trail (on the far northeast section of the mesa). Ride the Windmill Trail west to the Practice Loop (mix in some Bowl and Ledges if you feel confident) and you will start to become acclimated to the “torque trials” riding technique needed for the black-diamond segments of the Goose. I had much better luck tackling Hidden Canyon and the North and South Rim trails after warming up on the other trails.
If you have never ridden the Goose, start at the Practice Loop to get a feel for the place. And don’t let the name fool you, most riders will still find a few sections on the Practice Loop that will make you pucker.