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Cove Wash East - Santa Clara River Reserve

Cove Wash East - Santa Clara River Reserve

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Distance: 5.4 miles round trip

TRAIL SUMMARY

Cove Wash East follows the main cove that runs through the Santa Clara River Reserve.  There is a sign at the start of the trail that leads towards the wash.  After locating the wash, continue east.  The wash is easy to follow and runs through various landscapes.  There are no signs other than at the begin so just but the trail is just the wash.  It continues along somewhat narrow rock walls to wide open desert.  Unique rock formations are seen throughout the majority of the hike.  The path is mostly sandy and there is a stretch of slick rock around Stucki Springs Road.  There is a 9 foot drop just before the wash crosses Stucki Springs Road at about 1.3 miles.  Hikers can detour up and around the wash until descending again on Stucki Springs Rd.  The wash then continues to until reaching developments near Plantations Dr.  Many off road vehicles and bikes are found along the trail and hikers are asked to share the path.  The area near Stucki Springs Rd is also used to shoot firearms.

TRAIL DETAILS

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Moderate

ROUND TRIP LENGTH

5.4 miles round trip

AVERAGE HIKE TIME

GPS COORDINATES

37.119551, -113.675260

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

BLM, Santa Clara River Reserve

DISTANCE FROM ST GEORGE

7.5 miles (20 mins driving)

RESTROOM FACILITIES

No Restroom Available

HIKERS ALLOWED

Yes

DOGS ALLOWED

Yes

BIKERS ALLOWED

Yes

EQUESTRIAN ALLOWED

Yes

HIKE TYPE

Out & Back

BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO HIKE

Spring, Fall, Winter

BEST TIME OF THE DAY TO HIKE

Morning, Afternoon

GROUP LIMIT

No Limit

PERMIT INFORMATION

No Permit Required

COST

No Cost

WATER SOURCES AVAILABLE

No Water Sources Available

CAMP SITES

Dispersed Camping Available

TRAIL CONDITIONS

Dirt Single Track, Dirt Double Track, Slick Rock, Sandy, Rocky

SUN EXPOSURE

Full Sun Exposure

TRAIL MAP

Download Map

LOCAL SERVICES

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD

Cove Wash Trailhead – From I-15 Exit 6 turn north on Bluff Street. Turn left on Sunset Blvd. Continue on Sunset Blvd as it turns into Santa Clara Drive. Turn left on Gates Lane (just before reaching the Jacob Hamblin Home on the right). Cross the river and at 0.4 miles turn left (leaving the pavement). Note that the road from this point is steep and rocky, and can be eroded. At 0.7 miles turn right (at sign for Reserve). At 0.7 miles turn right (at sign for Reserve). Pass the water tank, and at 1.3 miles turn right (at sign for reserve). Follow the road around to the left and park in the trailhead at 1.5 miles.

The link will only direct to Clary Hills Dr.  From there, enter dirt road and follow directions about until Cove Wash Trailhead.  The dirt road is rocky and may not be suitable for all vehicles.

FLORA AND FAUNA

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

TRAIL REPORT

Coming Soon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Spencer McMullin

Spencer McMullin is originally from Connecticut but has deep ties to the Southern Utah area.  His passion for adventure and photography has lead him to HikeStGeorge.

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