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Rim Rock - Santa Clara River Reserve

Rim Rock - Santa Clara River Reserve

Difficulty Level: Strenuous

Distance: 4.5 miles round trip

TRAIL SUMMARY

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.

TRAIL DETAILS

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Strenuous

ROUND TRIP LENGTH

4.5 miles round trip

AVERAGE HIKE TIME

GPS COORDINATES

37.118976, -113.674299

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

No

BIKERS ALLOWED

Yes

EQUESTRIAN ALLOWED

No

HIKE TYPE

Out & Back

BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO HIKE

Great Year Round

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

No Camping Available on Trail

TRAIL CONDITIONS

Dirt Single Track, Slick Rock, 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.  From Cove Wash Trailhead, descend past Cove Wash East trail. Begin following signs for Rim Rock.

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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