Snow Canyon Trail

Utah

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Snow Canyon Trail Facts

States: Utah
Counties: Washington
Length: 7.6 miles
Trail end points: N. Bluff St. (St. George) and Snow Canyon State Park
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6517937

Snow Canyon Trail Description

The Snow Canyon Trail is a part of the City of St. George trail system. This trail connects residents of the northern part of the city with recreational facilities as well as the Snow Canyon State Park.

Parking and Trail Access

You can park at the Tawa Ponds trailhead. Coming from the south on I-15, take Exit 6 and go left on S. Bluff Street/SR 18 for 3.6 miles to a left on Snow Canyon Parkway. Continue 1.9 miles and the trailhead is on the right.

From the north take Exit 8 on I-15 on St. George Boulevard then go right and travel for 1.9 miles to Bluff Street/SR 18; turn right and go 1.8 miles to a left on Snow Canyon Parkway. Continue 1.9 miles and the trailhead is on the right.

Snow Canyon Trail Reviews

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Trail Condition: Wide pavement in good condition.
Signage: Could be better. Had one confusing intersection and had to ask for directions. From Ivins just parallel the road.
Comments: We combined this trail with SR18 (Highway 18) trail starting in St. George, following SR18 trail to end and then entering Snow Canyon State Park on the north end ($5 fee for the two of us). Had to ride the park road for 1.5 mile to start of Snow Canyon trail. Since SR18 trail is all uphill this trail is then a downhill ride and real sweet. Scenery is beautiful and worthy of the effort. Once out of the state park the ride is fine and parallels the road. Recommend this loop ride. We liked the counterclockwise direction. Can’t say enough good things about the St George trail system and parks, can only get better with time and more inter-connectabilty (if such a word).

Snow Canyon / Whiptail Trail

Out of Tawa Ponds southeast 1.5 miles is the Halfway Wash Trail underpass, then 0.5 miles, with a 8% grade to end at Route 18 / Bluff St.
Northwest there are several street crossings and a gradual climb to Snow Canyon Dr., where the trail merges with the Whiptail Trail to the entrance to Snow Canyon State Park, ($4.00 for Cyclist). Crossing Snow Canyon Dr., / State Route 300 moving away from the road, with some short but steep up & downs and plenty of scenery, ending at Upper Galoot TH Parking. Noel Keller 30 Mar 2011

The Snow Canyon Loop Trail


October 4, 2009

TrailBear did not ride this trail. You can do this and write a nice review. It's a very scenic park.

He arrived with the best on intentions on the eve of something called the Huntsman Games and got the last campsite in the park. The road had signs that it would be closed for the next few days for the bike races up the park.

Huh? Inquiries revealed that there would be thousands of senior jocks thronging St. George and the park for the games. TrailBear does not play well in throngs. He did a van survey of the loop. The next dawn he was up and fleeing to the River Mountains Loop Trail by Lake Mead. However, he got a few pictures first.

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@@@ OVERVIEW

The trail is an 18 mile Almost Loop. It is not a rail trail. The city map shows it as the Snow Canyon Loop, with legs in the park and outside. It goes up one side, down the other and across the bottom. You would be advised to do the climbing in the park and the descending on the Rt. 18 side (which is said to have some 20% grades).

It climbs through scenic Snow Canyon State Park to an upper trailhead there. At that point you have to use the park road to climb the rest of the way up to the junction of Rt 300 and Rt 18 where there is another trailhead. Now you are on the Rt. 18 side and on the high side. The bottom is 1384' below and 7.5 miles beyond - which certainly beat looking up at the climb (unless you are a roadie).


@@@ THE ROUTE 18 SIDE...

There are screaming downhills on the Rt. 18 side. One small problem - the only trails TB has ever found that are actually banked for 30 mph curves are in mountain bike parks. The average bike trail is banked for a dog walker. Good luck making that corner.

<http://www.truewheelers.org/cases/stgeorge/index.htm>

Once at the bottom at the intersection of Rt. 18 and Snow Canyon Parkway, the trail runs along the parkway to Snow Canyon Drive, where it turns and head up into the park.

Arrange a car shuttle and you could have a fun day bike "skiing" - up the road, down the trail.


Ride on!

TrailBear
Far from the madding crowd.

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