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Church Rocks

Consensus:    (details)
 3.6 from 5 votes
  Intermediate from 1 vote
Rank: #13 in the Southwest Utah - St. George, Hurricane, Gooseberry Mesa area
#52 in UT, #1,130 Overall
Views: 347. Last 30 days: 37
Condition:
Feb 11 Green - Dry
Featured Ride near Washington,  area, 
“A great little run to practice your slick rock skills with great views.”
Kevin Christopherson on Jul 27, 2013
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5.38.5 milesKilometers 521’159 m Ascent 3,370’1,027 m High 4% Avg Grade (2°)
80% Singletrack -523’-159 m Descent 3,114’949 m Low 11% Max Grade (6°)
Overview
Church Rocks is a stand alone trail, but also part of the Prospector and Dino Cliffs trail network. It's mostly slick rock and so there are many ways to ride this trail. It's not always clearly marked, but if you take a different rout it's still fun. This route is my favorite after trying many different ways.
Description
This is a great loop with lots of slick rock, and can be linked with other trails for a longer ride. It's a little sandy and rocky making it the best local trail to ride after storms make other trails too muddy, but it's good anytime. You can ride it year round.

There is no sign marking the trailhead at Highland Park, but it's easy to find. Leaving Highland Park follow the paved road a short distance northeast as it wraps around the park until the pavement ends. Pass the large boulders blocking the end of the road, and ride on some old cement.

The singletrack starts just past the cement. After about a half mile, the singletrack turns into a doubletrack and passes east through a gate heading toward a large water tank. Before you reach the tank, take the old dirt road on your left (south). That road goes a short distance downhill to a large tunnel that takes you under the I-15 freeway.

A section of the trail upstream of the tunnel was recently washed away by a flash flood, but will be repaired. For now, simply hike-a-bike for about a hundred feet up the wash until you hit the singletack. Stay left at the first intersection. You'll be rewarded. There's fun short climbing and descending on classic Utah slick rock. Be sure to take time and enjoy the views. I prefer to ride this loop clockwise, but there are several alternate routes. It's all good.

This trail ties into the Dino Cliffs trail to the south and Prospector to the north. You can access Church Rocks from trailheads on both of these trails.
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PHOTOS of Church Rocks
 3.3 from 3 votes
Entering the tunnel from the downstream (south) side. (Washington, UT)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Making the hard left turn. You eventually climb up onto the sandstone c... (Washington, UT)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Spring flowers, singletrack, and Church Rocks (north) in the background. (Washington, UT)
 2.3 from 3 votes
Making the hairpin turn and tough climb from Church Rocks to Dino Cliffs. (Washington, UT)
 2.0 from 3 votes
Trail begins where road ends northeast of Highland Park. (Washington, UT)
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