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Hike of the week: Chuckwalla and Halfway Wash trails — St. George

Published April 10, 2012 1:17 pm

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You barely have to leave St. George for this desert hike as the trails are part of the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve.

From the trail head, follow the Chuckwalla trail as it winds northwest. At about nine-tenths of a mile, you'll reach a junction. If you want to hike a loop, follow the signs for the Halfway Wash trail. You'll immediately descend through the wash then ascend and follow the trail southwest.

The trail ends at the Paradise Valley subdivision. To complete the loop, walk southeast on Hummingbird Drive. Turn right onto Roadrunner Drive then left onto Sonoran Drive. Turn east onto the bike paths on Snow Canyon Parkway then turn north again onto Bluff Street.

Directions • From the corner of St. George Boulevard and Bluff Street, drive north for two miles. The Chuckwalla trail head is marked on the west side of Bluff Street (State Road 18). Chuckwalla and Halfway Wash trails loop

Hiking time • 1½ hours

Round trip miles • 3 miles

Elevation gain • 1,068 feet

Difficulty • Easy

Trail head restrooms • Yes

Dogs allowed • Yes

Bikes allowed • Yes

Fees • No