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Red Mountain Trail

Red Mountain Trail

Difficulty Level: Strenuous

Distance: 8.8 miles from trailhead to Ivins

TRAIL SUMMARY

The Red Mountain Trail holds some of the most incredible views of any hike in Southern Utah. The trail passes along the Snow Canyon Overlook, which is a site to behold, and carries along through wilderness area that few have seen. This trail can be done on foot, or horseback. The trail cuts through all different types of vegetation and scenery.  It can be done as a long day hike, or as a backpacking trip. Be aware of the weather before you go. Although there are small trees along the way, the trail is primarily fully exposed, so prepare accordingly. Be safe and have fun out there!

TRAIL DETAILS

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Strenuous

ROUND TRIP LENGTH

8.8 miles from trailhead to Ivins. Round Trip length is approx 16 miles if you don’t drop down to the base of Red Mountain.

AVERAGE HIKE TIME

4-6 hours

GPS COORDINATES

Trailhead: 37°16’44.7″N 113°39’15.3″W

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

BLM, Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

DISTANCE FROM ST GEORGE

15 miles

RESTROOM FACILITIES

Vault Toilets at Trailhead

HIKERS ALLOWED

Yes

DOGS ALLOWED

Yes

BIKERS ALLOWED

No

EQUESTRIAN ALLOWED

Yes

HIKE TYPE

Shuttle, Overnight Backpack

BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO HIKE

Spring, Fall, Winter

BEST TIME OF THE DAY TO HIKE

Morning, Afternoon, Evening

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, Slick Rock, Sandy, Rocky

SUN EXPOSURE

Full Sun Exposure

TRAIL MAP

No map available

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WHAT'S NEARBY

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD

Directions to Trailhead. From I-15 Exit 6 take Bluff Street north (State Route18). Travel 3.7 miles to Snow Canyon Parkway and continue straight through the intersection. Continue north for another 11.4 miles. Turn left onto a gravel access road leading directly into the trailhead (the turnoff from SR 18 is marked with a large highway sign).

FLORA AND FAUNA

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

TRAIL REPORT

Information Coming

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tim LeBaron

HikeStGeorge is a project that began as a seedling for Tim LeBaron in the early part of 2008, but really didn’t begin to blossom until the latter part of 2011. The original idea behind the site was to bring to light all of the harder to find, or “less known” hidden gems of the area. It was more of a pet project than anything. As excitement about the site began to spread, there was more of a push to develop information about all hikes in the Southern Utah Region.

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  1. Bruce Sanderson
    Bruce Sanderson says:

    Yes! Probably about 2007. The trailhead off SR 18 was not marked well but there was parking. Easy trail from there I thought but was a slight climb to the rim of Snow Canyon. Found large cat tracks there. Probably a mountain lion lived in the area at that time. Trail has good overlooks of Snow Canyon. Did not hike to Gunsight Trail because I had no way to retrieve my car from starting point as I hiked alone. Thave climbed Gunsight Trail often so I have been along both ends of the trail but never covered full route as I never had a way to return to my starting point except by foot. As I remember there were lots of Ring-Tail Cat tracks near the Gunsight. I know there were people I talked to that had hiked that trail and overnighted then had someone pick them up at the other end. The end on SR 18 is not on the Tortoise Reserve but does enter the reserve and is also on Snow Canyon Park as it has enlarged to cover part of the Tortoise habitat. Get two cars with one at the ending point and drive to the start so you can return with the first car to the other after the hike. Sometimes there has been snow on the trail during the winter. Doesn’t last long though.

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