||City Creek - Rusty Cliffs Trail
Beginning on Turtle Road above the red cliffs north of St.
George, the City Creek trail offers some rocky options before it drops
down and crosses the road, to become the Rusty Cliffs Trail. The combined
trail makes a 5-mile (each way) out-and-back with about 300 vertical feet
The trail runs up and over a small
hill, among small outcrops of sandstone. Photos June 21, 2002 by Bruce.
| Most of the trail is intermediate technical, with an advanced
technical optional side loop on City Creek. The trail begins at the top of Turtle Road, above the red
cliffs north of St. George. The trail is across the road from the parking area.
When you hit an open area, the official trail continues straight. But if
you head left, up the broad set of step-like rocky ledges, you'll find a
fun alternate route. The trail will turn northwest. Right when it begins
to veer back southwest again, watch carefully for a singletrack that
climbs up and over the small ridge. This advanced-tech trail will take you
back to the main City Creek trail.
View north, as we're about to roll
over and down the hill.
|Note: A new power line was installed winter
2008. Access roads were bulldozed right over the City Creek Trail. When
the trail disappears under a mass of 'dozed dirt, just follow the scar
until you see continuing trail. The GPS track file has waypoints to
indicate the start/stop of the bulldozed areas. We'll watch to see how the
rehabilitation of this trail proceeds.
||The trail will head towards the road, going north around the
small canyon that begins at the golf course. From here, it heads back
southwest and over the hill to the road.
The Rusty Cliffs trail is across the road. This trail was an old
pioneer road. Not many people ride it (as of 2008) because, frankly, it
really doesn't offer much.
One of the City Creek Trail's local
residents out for a stroll. Do NOT touch the turtles. This trail is in the
Red Cliffs Desert Reserve -- you break the rules, and bike trails will be
|The cliffs here are Navajo sandstone, similar to that in
Snow Canyon. Low scrub with occasional cactus grow sparsely in the sand
View from the Rusty Cliffs trail, as we follow the
old pioneer road.
||Getting there: From St. George Blvd (the
main drag), head north on Main Street (towards the "Dixie"
painted on the big rock above the cliffs). When you reach Hope Street,
turn right, then immediately take the left fork and climb Skyline Drive to
the top of the cliffs. Turn left on Snow Canyon Parkway (labeled Skyline
Drive on some city maps, and called Turtle Road by many locals). After the
top of the hill, turn right into the parking area. The trail starts across
the road, about 150 yards back (south) from the parking lot. Look for the
Alternate: Head north straight up Bluff Street until it leaves
town. At the light where Bluff intersects Snow Canyon Parkway, turn right.
Drive back about 2 miles to the parking area.