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Paradise Rim
Turtle Wall, Chuckwalla, Halfway Wash Trails

The Paradise Rim trail is a short singletrack loop right on the border of St. George. Located in the Red Cliffs Desert Preserve, it connects to the paved Snow Canyon Loop and to the singletrack Beck Hill and Gila trails. 

View north as Bruce cruises the Chuckwalla Trail towards the connector that leads to the Paradise Rim and Halfway Wash trails. Original review June 9, 2002 by Bruce. These photos are from May 2017.

The Paradise Rim loop consists of the Paradise Rim trail on the south and the Turtle Wall trail on the north. It's around three miles long, plus whatever riding it took to reach the loop. Locals get to the trail through Halfway Wash. For visitors, unless you're riding your bike to the loop, I recommend you park at the big lot on SR-19 and take the Chuckwalla trail to the loop. 

On the Halfway Wash trail, we're midway between Chuckwalla and the Paradise Rim trail fork, heading south.

This is a good ride for a "quickie," or a nice starting ride for beginners. Hard-core bikers may want to hit the side trails towards the rim of Snow Canyon, or maybe do a couple of loops. The extended trails can be reached via Beck Hill, or by turning right at the summit of the loop. I'm describing the loop that local residents ride. They come into the Desert Reserve from the south, connecting via the paved Snow Canyon or Halfway Wash trails.

Heading uphill on Paradise Rim. At this point, the trail is a cruiser. It will get a bit techy further uphill.

The Turtle Wall trail is intermediate in technical requirement. As a climbing route, once you're up on the sandstone it's a fairly easy aerobic climb.

The Paradise Rim side of the loop has some advanced tech stuff uphill and down. Some of the ledge series are extremely hard to climb. Just walk the spots that make you nervous.

The upper half of the Paradise Rim trail is mostly ledgy slabs of slickrock. There will be some tech challenges.

Both of the connecting trails are very easy. Halfway Wash is broad and smooth. Chuckwalla has a bit of loose rock and occasional sand, but is also easy. The short connector between Cuckwalla and the loop drops through a wash that has some tough sand. I rode it without difficulty, but slower riders and skinny tires will bog down. Fortunately, it's only about 50 feet until you're riding again.

Arriving at Paradise Rim. The view is to the west, first Santa Clara, then Ivins..

If you're shopping for a parking spot, I'd suggest you start at Chuckwalla, descend to the bottom, cross the wash, then climb Turtle Wall to Paradise Rim. An alternative loop is to ride up Becks Hill trail, turn left onto Paradise Rim, then descent Turtle Wall. Becks Hill has some sand sections, and is an upper-intermediate route.

Looking south to the Green Valley area of St. George.

The loop is 3.3 miles in length, with about 380 vertical feet of climbing. A strong rider can complete the loop in less than a half-hour, assuming no stops to admire the view. The trail is open year-round. In the summer, you'd want to ride early in the morning to avoid the heat.

Descending on Navajo sandstone slickrock on the Turtle Wall trail.

I'd recommend riding counter-clockwise: Go up on the Turtle Wall trail, then roll down the less-buff Paradise Rim trail. (Note: my video shows the harder clockwise ride.) At the time of my first ride, there were some side-trails off Paradise Rim. Most of these are now blocked off to corral riders and hikers into a single path. Heading downhill on the counterclockwise ride, it's obvious where to aim the bike.

The tiny speck on the left is Bruce, with over a mile of cliff-hugging singletrack yet to go on Turtle Wall.

The ride along the Turtle Wall is the highlight of this loop. Take time to admire the rock formations and appreciate the views. This is Navajo Sandstone, same stuff as the Slickrock Trail. It erodes differently here because the environment in which the sand was deposited (during the Jurassic Period) was slightly different here.

Many riders will ride Turtle Wall both up and back. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

When you arrive at the top, you'll be looking west on the edge of the cliff. Below you is Santa Clara and Ivins. Enjoy the bench, take in the views, and chat with the many hikers you'll encounter on the Rim. 

If you choose to continue exploring, you can head towards the edge of Snow Canyon on the Gila trail or Scout Cave trail. The connecting trail goes north from the rim.

Almost back to the loop fork.

Please note!  The Paradise Canyon Homeowners Association does not want you to park on their private streets, under threat of towing. This is the subdivision at the south end of the loop. Please find a parking spot at the Chuckwalla trailhead (on Bluff St about 1/3 mile past the light), at Royal Oaks Park, or at one of the Snow Canyon Parkway public parking areas. You can ride your bike to the streetside trailhead in the subdivision by turning off the Snow Canyon paved trail at Halfway Wash.

The final drop from the sandstone down to desert singletrack.

 

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Riding Notes, from Paradise Canyon Trailhead:
0.0   At curve in road, singletrack heads to fence
        Cross fence, keep R as trail merges from L
0.5   Fork, keep R (straight) to "Turtle Wall"
        GPS N 37 08.687' W 113 36.789'
0.65 Fork, keep L (R = Chuckwalla & Beck Hill)
0.75 Straight, up onto rock then L (R = Beck Hill)
0.9   Connector to wide-track, keep straight
1.2   Widetrack comes in on L, keep straight
1.6   Reach ridgetop, admire view, turn L (R = Gila Trail)
        GPS N 37 09.219' W 113 37.385'
1.8   Fork (straight = view, L downhill = trail)
1.9   Keep R, follow ridge down
2.8   Back at first fork, go R
3.3   Back at trailhead
Getting there, Chuckwalla Trailhead: Go north on Bluff Street until you're leaving down and starting uphill. Go straight through the traffic light at Snow Canyon Parkway. Watch on your left for a log fence and the "Chuckwalla Trailhead" sign. Turn into the parking area. The trailhead is a stepover at the north end. There's another entry in the west trailer parking area.

Facilities: Bathrooms at the Chuckwalla trailhead.

Other fun stuff: Well-used rock-climbing walls (you'll notice the chalk) along the Chuckwalla Trail.

Riding resources for this trail:
Single-page riding guide
GPS track files (right-click and "Save as..."):
   Garmin      GPX
High-res topo (200 KB): View
Lodging, camping, shops:   Links to St. George area resources

Original review 2002, updated 2008 and 2017.
Copyright 2002 Mad Scientist Software Inc