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Bearclaw Poppy and Snake Pit Loop

 4.3 (66)

11.2 Miles 18.0 Kilometers



626' 191 m


-631' -192 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (4°)

3,113' 949 m


2,572' 784 m



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A ripping roller coaster ride that's fun for beginners and experts.

Kevin Christopherson

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This is the only true beginner trail in Saint George, but a trail that's fun for riders of every skill level. It's a smooth roller coaster and a blast for everyone. There are several ways to ride this network, but this is my favorite.

Need to Know

Downhill traffic has the right-of-way on the main Bearclaw Poppy Trail (the north trail), but there is always two-way traffic on this trail. Be courteous and be careful.


This fast and fun loop starts at the end of Navajo Drive in the Bloomington area of Saint George. To minimize two-way traffic, and maximize fun, ride this trail in a figure eight, crossing over at the base of the Acid Drops. This trail network is a maze of trails, especially on the first few miles, and so it's impractical to provide turn by turn directions. The trails do come together as you ride, so most any trail will get you there.

To start this ride, cross the fence and take the Bloomington Microloop Trail on your left and follow it for about two miles to the base of the Acid Drops (steep hills coming through the pass to the north). The Bloomington Microloop is uphill only travel. Downhill traffic has the right-of-way on the north trail (Bearclaw Poppy Trail).

Cross over the Bearclaw Poppy Trail, but do not follow it through the pass over to Green Valley. Continue along the base of the bluff to Stucki Springs (mile 5.0) turn left and make your way over toward a the small dry wash. Take another left at about mile 6 and drop into the wash. This is the Snake Pit section. Let the fun begin. It is a ripping fast and smooth trial down through the wash. As the wash opens up, take a left back up to the base of the Acid Drops and go back down the Bearclaw Poppy roller coaster. Everyone loves this ride.

History & Background

This trail gets its name from a very rare flower that occurs in this area. The Bearclaw Poppy only blooms briefly in the spring and then disappears. This preserve, and mountain bike trail, is a direct result of efforts to protect this plant. Please tread lightly and stay on the trail.


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Dec 15, 2018
David Zimbelman
Fun relatively flat and fast riding w/ many small variations available. 24mi — 2h 15m
Dec 7, 2018
Salem Benjamin
Got a little turned around but great time on the first ride of our anniversary trip! Roscoe’s a lil beat up but nice coming back here as a hero 11.2mi
Dec 2, 2018
Joe Zelman
Oct 18, 2018
Holly Godsey
Super fun flowy trail.
Sep 26, 2018
Jesse Jorgensen
Sep 4, 2018
Dustin DeFranco
Jun 18, 2018
Mike Stroud
Stucki Connection not well marked. Bit of a challenge staying on track. Otherwise a fun ride, especially with all the rollers on the way back in. 12.1mi
May 29, 2018
Austin Bennion

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Kevin Christopherson WAY!!! Sep 5, 2016
Was going to ride this on my way back to SD from Leadville, but in light of Tommy's comment of getting his window smashed decided against it. Aug 1, 2017
Kevin Christopherson
Washington, UT
Kevin Christopherson   Washington, UT
Saint George is a very low crime area. There are jerks everywhere, but that's the only trailhead crime I've heard about. Aug 2, 2017

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