Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness Trails

Pine Valley, Utah

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Pine Valley Mountain is a laccolith that bulged upward in Tertiary time. The mass of igneous rock broke through lower sedimentary layers, but never made it all the way to the surface as magma. The bulge now rises 3,500 feet above the surrounding terrain, making for some lungbusting, quad-burning hiking opportunities. Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness is 10 miles north of St. George. The small community of Pine Valley is a welcome summer retreat from the heat of St. George. At 6,630 feet, the cool evenings and shade from ponderosa pines seem like a little piece of heaven, especially if you’ve been hiking in the surrounding deserts. The early Mormon settlers must have thought so, too. They arrived in 1855 and some of their descendants are still there. The Whipple Trail is named after Patience F. Whipple, one of the town’s early midwives. Ebenezer Bryce, a shipbuilder from England, was the architect of the Pine Valley Church, which was put together with wooden pegs and rawhide strips. Bryce Canyon National Park bears his name. This trail guide includes descriptions of Equestrian Campground to Forsythe Canyon, and Summit Trail Sampler.
Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

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Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

by Lynna & Leland Howard (Westcliffe Publishers)

Pine Valley Mountain is a laccolith that bulged upward in Tertiary time. The mass of igneous rock broke through lower sedimentary layers, but never made it all the way to the surface as magma. The bulge now rises 3,500 feet above the surrounding terrain, making for some lungbusting, quad-burning hiking opportunities. Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness is 10 miles north of St. George. The small community of Pine Valley is a welcome summer retreat from the heat of St. George. At 6,630 feet, the cool evenings and shade from ponderosa pines seem like a little piece of heaven, especially if you’ve been hiking in the surrounding deserts.

The early Mormon settlers must have thought so, too. They arrived in 1855 and some of their descendants are still there. The Whipple Trail is named after Patience F. Whipple, one of the town’s early midwives. Ebenezer Bryce, a shipbuilder from England, was the architect of the Pine Valley Church, which was put together with wooden pegs and rawhide strips. Bryce Canyon National Park bears his name. This trail guide includes descriptions of Equestrian Campground to Forsythe Canyon, and Summit Trail Sampler.

©  Lynna & Leland Howard/Westcliffe Publishers. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pine Valley
Distance: 18
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,500 feet
Top Elevation: 10,360 feet
Local Contacts: Dixie National Forest, Pine Valley Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Grass Valley, New Harmony, Saddle Mountain, Signal Peak, Pintura
Driving Directions: Directions to Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness Trails

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