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Hike to a beautiful rim overlooking St. George.


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4.2

Miles

6.7

KM

Lollipop

3,291' 1,003 m

High

2,984' 910 m

Low

429' 131 m

Up

420' 128 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

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Features Birding · Geological Significance

Family Friendly This is a tougher trail than some others in nearby Snow Canyon State Park, but suitable for families with experienced hikers.

Overview

This 4.1 mile loop is a moderately difficult multi-use trail with a mix of singletrack trail and sandstone terrain, part of which passes through the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. The trail starts by hiking right past the popular Chuckwalla climbing area, where rock climbers enjoy 70 foot sandstone walls. After passing the climbing area, the trail continues through features of Navajo sandstone, including one small arch, until finally arriving at a beautiful ridgeline that overlooks St. George. Follow natural sandstone steps down the rim until making your way back to the Chuckwalla parking lot.

Description

Start hiking north out of the Chuckwalla trailhead parking lot, following an obvious wide path. Pass a large sandstone cliff on your right, an area frequented by rock climbers. After following the Chuckwalla trail for 1.0 mile, you'll reach the Turtle Wall Trail.

Follow the Turtle Wall trail up a well marked path past a rock arch. The trail then climbs up singletrack and across slickrock slabs before reaching Paradise Rim.

Once on Paradise Rim Trail, go down a series of naturally built rock steps that hug the rim. Continue on this path until looping your way back down to the Chuckwalla trail, which will take you back to the parking area.

Flora & Fauna

This is a desert tortoise sanctuary, so you may see one along your hike! Toads sometimes enjoy visiting the bottom of Chuckwalla wash, too. You can also expect to see birds, snakes, and lizards on the trail. Desert sage, prickly pear, cacti, are common in this area.

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Shared By:

Marley Nelson with improvements by Jesse Weber

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Turtle Wall trail arch.
Apr 11, 2024 near Santa C…, UT

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