Precipice - Santa Clara River Reserve
Difficulty Level: Easy
Distance: 1.6 miles round trip
Starting from Cove Wash Trailhead, Precipice trail is a short leg that enters into the Santa Clara River Reserve. It connects to Sidewinder, Suicidal Tendencies, and even Barrel Roll. While it is mainly used for mountain biking, the trail provides a great view of the Santa Clara and Snow Canyon Area. The path is clear with markings at the beginning and at the junction with Sidewinder. Most hikers continue an extra 1.3 miles onto Sidewinder which provides better views of the area making the total hike around 4 miles round trip between the two trails. Hikers often encounter bikers and should be ready to share the trail.
ROUND TRIP LENGTH
1.6 miles round trip
AVERAGE HIKE TIME
BLM, Santa Clara River Reserve
DISTANCE FROM ST GEORGE
7.5 miles (20 mins driving)
No Restroom Available
Out & Back
BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO HIKE
Great Year Round
BEST TIME OF THE DAY TO HIKE
No Permit Required
WATER SOURCES AVAILABLE
No Water Sources Available
No Camping Available on Trail, Camping Available only in Designated Camping Area
Dirt Single Track, Slick Rock, Rocky
Full Sun Exposure
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
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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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