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Pedaling to the Trail

Getting to the trailhead to go for a mountain bike ride can often mean loading up your bike, friends and then driving through traffic to finally get to the trail and be able to ride your bike. It’s never made a lot of sense to us to drive a car so you can ride your bike. Mostly because this driving cuts into your ride time and costs you money. Pedaling should be free.

Luckily, the City of St. George has invested heavily in paved, separate bike paths that lead from downtown to the most popular dirt trails in the area. So save the gas, hang up your keys and let’s ride some bikes.

Paradise Rim

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Paradise is a popular local trail due to its proximity to downtown and short distance. It’s great for an after work or early morning pedal. It’s known for chunky sandstone, fast techy descent and being able to knock it out in about 30-45 minutes. However, if you have a little more time on your hands. Say another 30 minutes you can leave the car at home and pedal from the shop.

Getting there from Red Rock Bicycle

  1. From the shop parking lot, head east on 100 South.
  2. Turn left on 300 West and take advantage of the painted bike lane.
  3. Continue north on 300 West until it intersects with Diagonal Street.
  4. Turn left on Diagonal and once again enjoy the bike lane.
  5. Where Diagonal Street hits Bluff, turn right onto the Bluff Street Bike Path.
  6. Following the signs, use the bike path to access Snow Canyon Parkway.
  7. Make your way through the intersection to the West side of the road.
  8. Head uphill on the SR-18 Bike Path
  9. The Chuckawala Trailhead (where Paradise starts) will be on your left about 1/4 mile up the trail.

City Creek and Owen’s Loop

owensloopCity Creek and Owen’s Loop are kind of Paradise’s little brother. It’s slightly shorter, a little less techy and definitely sees a lot less traffic. With the same kind of chunk and sandstone, the trail sits on the same geological formation just across SR-18.

Getting there from the Red Rock Bicycle

  1. From the shop parking lot, head east on 100 South.
  2. Turn left on 300 West and take advantage of the painted bike lane.
  3. Continue north on 300 West until it intersects with Diagonal Street.
  4. Turn left on Diagonal and once again enjoy the bike lane.
  5. Where Diagonal Street hits Bluff, turn right onto the Bluff Street Bike Path.
  6. The Bluff Street Bike Path will take you directly to the Red Hills Parkway Bike Path.
  7. Once you hit Red Hills Parkway, the trail will begin a steep, but short climb.
  8. Just as the climb levels off, you will see a step over for the trail on your right.

Green Valley Race Course

Zen6The Green Valley Race Course is the location of the majority of competitive mountain bike events for St. George. It also happens to be the gateway to the Barrel Ride, Zen, Stucki Springs and Bear Claw Poppy. It’s a bit farther than the other two trails, but not far enough that you won’t want to ride there.

Getting there from Red Rock Bicycle

  1. From the shop parking lot, head east on 100 South.
  2. Turn left on 300 West and take advantage of the painted bike lane.
  3. Continue north on 300 West until it intersects with Diagonal Street.
  4. Turn left on Diagonal and once again enjoy the bike lane.
  5. Where Diagonal Street hits Bluff, turn right onto the Bluff Street Bike Path.
  6. Following the signs, use the bike path to access Snow Canyon Parkway.
  7. Make your way through the intersection to the Northwest side of the road.
  8. The Snow Canyon Parkway Path begins at this intersection.
  9. Follow it west down the first hill and then watch on your right for Halfway Wash.
  10. Head down Halfway Wash and follow the bike path all the way to Dixie Drive.
  11. The bike path will put you on the road where you will have a short pedal to the climb up Canyon View Drive on your right.

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