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Kestrel Trail (Scout Cave Alternative)

Kestrel Trail (Scout Cave Alternative)

Difficulty Level: Easy

Distance: 1.2 miles

TRAIL SUMMARY

Located right off of Snow Canyon Parkway, the Kestrel trail provides direct access to the mid-point of the Scout Cave trail.  The trail consists of a single dirt/sand path that follows the bed of Sand Hollow Wash in between residential developments and into the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve.  With a one-way distance of 0.6 miles, Kestrel is often used as an alternative route to connect with the Scout Cave trail at its 1.2 mile mark.  There is no parking at the entrance to Kestrel but visitors normally park on vacant, private ground on the south side of the Parkway across from the roundabout which is located about 300 yards to the northwest.  They can then walk the paved sidewalk to trailhead and drop down into the wash.  Visitors are obligated to respect private property rights.  The trail is well marked and visitors are asked to stay on the path as surrounding land is private property.

Kestrel is a short and family friendly hike that provides an enjoyable route to Scout Cave.

TRAIL DETAILS

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Easy

ROUND TRIP LENGTH

1.2 miles

AVERAGE HIKE TIME

GPS COORDINATES

Trailhead: 37.161667, -113.641278
Connection to Scout Cave: 37.167917, -113.635944

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Snow Canyon State Park

DISTANCE FROM ST GEORGE

6.9 miles (12 mins driving)

RESTROOM FACILITIES

No Restroom Available

HIKERS ALLOWED

Yes

DOGS ALLOWED

Yes, on 6 ft leash

BIKERS ALLOWED

Yes

EQUESTRIAN ALLOWED

Yes

HIKE TYPE

Out & Back

BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO HIKE

Great Year Round

BEST TIME OF THE DAY TO HIKE

Morning, Evening

GROUP LIMIT

No Limit

PERMIT INFORMATION

No Permit Required

COST

No Cost

WATER SOURCES AVAILABLE

No Water Sources Available

CAMP SITES

No Camping Available on Trail

TRAIL CONDITIONS

Dirt Single Track, Sandy

SUN EXPOSURE

Full Sun Exposure

TRAIL MAP

Download Map

LOCAL SERVICES

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD

IMPORTANT: The “entrance” is located off of Snow Canyon Pwk right before the Ivins City Limit sign.  There is no parking but visitors normally park on vacant, private ground on the south side of the Parkway across from the roundabout which is located about 300 yards to the northwest.  The trail can then be accessed through the sidewalk.  (Refer to first image above).  Please respect private property rights.

Directions:  From St. George, head West on 700 S until Bluff St.  Turn right onto Bluff St and head north toward Pine Valley for about 3.5 miles. Take exit and turn left onto Snow Canyon Pwk at the light.  Continue for about 4 miles. The start point for the trail is located off of Snow Canyon Pwk on the sidewalk.

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

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