Rim Rock - Santa Clara River Reserve
Difficulty Level: Strenuous
Distance: 4.5 miles round trip
Rim Rock is becoming a popular trail for both bikers and hikers. Located near the Cove Wash Trailhead, the trial serves as the main path from which many other trails connect. Rim Reaper, Rim Ramble, and Rim Runner all divert from and connect to Rim Rock. The overall loop is 4.5 miles round trip but can be longer depending on the side trail options. To access the trail, descend towards the Cove Wash East trail until reaching a marker for Rim Rock. Trail can be seen from the Cove Wash Trailhead (see second image below). The path is clear and well marked throughout the whole route. After passing the second connection to Rim Ramble, the path descends and climbs to a new rim. The map below shows taking the option starting to the right as it loops around the rim.
Overall, Rim Rock is a great loop that provides excellent views of the Santa Clara/Green Valley area. Snow Canyon can also be seen throughout the path. Bikers are often found along the trail and hikers are encourage to be ready to share the path.
ROUND TRIP LENGTH
4.5 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
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. From Cove Wash Trailhead, descend past Cove Wash East trail. Begin following signs for Rim Rock.
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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