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Winchester - Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Winchester - Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Difficulty Level: Easy

Distance: 3.2 miles round trip

TRAIL SUMMARY

Winchester is a good trail near the Yellow Knolls trailhead.  The dirt path descends to follow a service route until reaching behind The Ledges golf course.   There is a pretty steep descent at the beginning of the trail but it offers a great view of the trail and the surrounding area.  Snow Canyon can be seen throughout the hike as well as a wide view of St. George and its wildness area.  The hike is easy and very clear.  Black Gulch is accessed along trail.  Overall, Winchester is fun trail that could offer great views durning sunset.  It is considered moderate mainly because of the sharp decline/incline near the beginning of the trail.

TRAIL DETAILS

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Easy

ROUND TRIP LENGTH

3.2 miles round trip

AVERAGE HIKE TIME

GPS COORDINATES

37.189353, -113.577734

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

DISTANCE FROM ST GEORGE

7.8 miles (17 mins driving)

RESTROOM FACILITIES

No Restroom Available

HIKERS ALLOWED

Yes

DOGS ALLOWED

Yes

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

Any Time

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 Double Track

SUN EXPOSURE

Full Sun Exposure

TRAIL MAP

Download Map

LOCAL SERVICES

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD

Direction to Trailhead:  These directions lead to the Yellow Knolls trailhead.  Winchester trail can be accessed across the street about 50 feet before the parking area.  There is a trail marker from the street.

From St George, head north on S 700 E toward E 600 S.  Turn right onto St George Blvd.  At the intersection, turn left onto N 1000 E then turn right onto E Red Hills Pkwy at the light.  After 0.9 miles, turn left onto Cottonwood Springs Rd.  Continue straight as road turns into Old Dump Rd and keep a left when road bends.

Trailhead and parking for Yellow Knolls will be on the right after about 4 miles.  There is a parking lot at the Trailhead with multiple places to parking.

Important: Old Dump Rd is becomes a dirt road.

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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