A Local Favorite
This was the first established mountain bike trail in St. George. Now adopted by the BLM and called the Bear Claw Poppy Trail, this ride lies about 6 miles west of St. George and is a 10.2 mile loop.
This loop consists of 3.8 miles of single track, 4.6 miles of double track and 1.8 miles of paved road.
The estimated time to finish is 2 hours.
The difficulty level stays around the middle of the spectrum, with very fast sections as well as some sketchy descents. For beginning riders, try riding the trail from end to start. This will give you 90% of the fun with 10% of the risk for injury.
When out enjoying this fun and fast side, you will notice that there has been signs posted to mark the different sections of the ride. Some of these are “Three Fingers of Death”, “Acid Drops”, and the “Roller Coaster”. With name like these, you will be sure to enjoy the time you spend on this bike trail. There is a great out and back side route signed Stucki Spring.
Getting there, Green Valley: Take the Bluff Street I-15 exit in St. George and turn west. Immediately turn south (left) on Hilton Drive. Go past the golf course and turn right when you reach Dixie Drive. Turn left at the sign for Green Valley Spa. Drive past the spa to the end of the paved road. You can park here and ride to the road that climbs the RIGHT side of the little sandstone canyon. Or, you can stay in your car and turn right on dirt, then drop left down into the valley 100 yards later. Follow the improved gravel road up to the parking area about 3/4 mile later.
Bloomington: We recommend that youngsters go to the Bloomington end of the trail! Go to the west end of Navajo Drive in Bloomington. Go across the cattle guard. See the low rail on the fence 100 feet to your right? That’s the trailhead.
Trailhead N 37 05.509’ W 113 37.6 89’
Bloomington N 37 03.116’ W 113 37.362’
Directions Courtesy of www.utahmountainbiking.com
GPS: N 37 05.509’ W 113 37.6 89’