Red Mountain Traverse

Saint George, Utah

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The trail gradually begins to gain elevation. At times the juniper and pinyon trees thin and you can see back to the Pine Valley Mountains to the northeast. Along with the trees, the area is laden with manzanita, sagebrush, yucca, and barrel cactus. After 2.5 miles the trail tops out at approximately 5150 feet. Here you can take a small detour from the trail out to the rim of Snow Canyon. The overlook offers a wonderful view of the white canyons contrasting with the red-orange surroundings. Often, sparrows and other small birds take occasion to play in the wind drafts created by the canyon. The trail continues southwest around the west side of Snow Canyon for almost another 2 miles before disappearing into a sea of sandstone swells. For day hikers, this is a good spot to turn around, making a round trip of 8 miles. For those looking for an overnight trip, there is ample space for camping amid the redrock.
100 Hikes in Utah

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100 Hikes in Utah

by Steve Mann & Rhett Olson (The Mountaineers Books)

The trail gradually begins to gain elevation. At times the juniper and pinyon trees thin and you can see back to the Pine Valley Mountains to the northeast. Along with the trees, the area is laden with manzanita, sagebrush, yucca, and barrel cactus. After 2.5 miles the trail tops out at approximately 5150 feet. Here you can take a small detour from the trail out to the rim of Snow Canyon.

The overlook offers a wonderful view of the white canyons contrasting with the red-orange surroundings. Often, sparrows and other small birds take occasion to play in the wind drafts created by the canyon. The trail continues southwest around the west side of Snow Canyon for almost another 2 miles before disappearing into a sea of sandstone swells. For day hikers, this is a good spot to turn around, making a round trip of 8 miles. For those looking for an overnight trip, there is ample space for camping amid the redrock.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Saint George
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 480 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Season: February to early May, September to November
Local Contacts: BLM St. George Field Office
Local Maps: USGS Veyo, Santa Clara
Driving Directions: Directions to Red Mountain Traverse

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