Hike of the week: Chuckwalla and Halfway Wash trails — St. George
Published: April 10, 2012 01:17PM
Updated: August 5, 2012 11:31PM
Nate Carlisle | The Salt Lake Tribune The Chuckwalla Trail meets the Halfway Wash Trail in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve in St. George.

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).

Destination 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