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PROSPECTOR TRAIL – WASHINGTON, UT

PROSPECTOR TRAIL – WASHINGTON, UT

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Distance: 16.5 miles round-trip

TRAIL SUMMARY

Prospector is a fun cross-country trail that lies to the West of I-15. A large portion of the trail is rated as beginner, with some technical spots throughout. This is one of the few trails that I like to ride a hardtail on as it isn’t as rocky as other trails in the area. There are also three different entry and exit points on the trail, one at the start, end, and middle, which makes it easy to only do a small portion of the trail. With fast downhill and slickrock portions, Prospector makes for a fun ride!

TRAIL DETAILS

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Intermediate

ROUND TRIP LENGTH

16.5 miles

AVERAGE RIDE TIME

2 hours

GPS COORDINATES

37°08’59.0″N 113°29’25.9″W

PUBLIC BIKE WORK STAND

No

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

BLM

DISTANCE FROM ST GEORGE

6.5 Miles (10 minutes driving)

RESTROOM FACILITIES

No Restroom Available

HIKERS ALLOWED

Yes

DOGS ALLOWED

Yes

BIKERS ALLOWED

Yes

EQUESTRIAN ALLOWED

Yes

RIDE TYPE

Out & Back

BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO RIDE

Great Year Round

BEST TIME OF THE DAY TO RIDE

Morning, Afternoon

GROUP LIMIT

No Limit

PERMIT INFORMATION

No Permit Required

COST

No Cost

WATER SOURCES AVAILABLE

No Water Sources Available

CAMP SITES

No Camping Available

TRAIL CONDITIONS

Dirt Single Track, Slick Rock, Sandy

SUN EXPOSURE

Full Sun Exposure

TRAIL MAP

Download Map

WHAT'S NEARBY

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD

Get Directions to Grapevine Trail Head. Head north on I-15 for 4.2 miles and take Exit 13 to Washington Parkway. Turn left and cross the freeway, then park in the dirt parking lot on the right. Ride your bike up the dirt road (Grapevine Trail) and continue straight at the first right for about .5 mile which will put you on Prospector Trail. There is a fairly technical downhill portion at this part so take caution.

Get Directions to Cottonwood Trailhead. Head North on I-15 for 4.2 miles and take Exit 16 towards Hurricane. Continue towards Hurricane for about a mile and turn left at the Chevron. Follow the road for about 2 miles. Just past Winkel Distributing is a dirt road to the left. Take it under the freeway and you’ll arrive at the trailhead. This is one of the most popular trailheads since it’s in the middle of Prospector so you’ll be able to choose if you want to ride the North or South portions of the trail.

Get Directions to Harrisburg Trailhead. Head North on I-15 for 4.2 miles and take Exit 16 towards Hurricane. Continue towards Hurricane until you reach the turnoff for Quail Creek Reservoir, and make the turn for the Reservoir. Drive for about a mile until you reach an intersection, then turn right towards Harrisburg. Drive a few hundred feet, passing the KOA, and turn left onto the underpass. Go under the freeway then on your right there’s a parking lot. Park, then ride back towards the underpass but keep going straight. The road will turn and you’ll eventually see the trailhead to the left.

FLORA AND FAUNA

Plants: Typical plant life for Southern Utah lowland hiking.
Animals: Typical animal life for Southern Utah lowland hiking.

TRAIL REPORT

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dallin Spackman

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