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Bearclaw Poppy and Snake Pit Loop

 4.3 (97)

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

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3,113' 949 m


2,572' 784 m


626' 191 m


631' 192 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed


This is one of the 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. Be careful as there are some difficult areas; however, they are clearly marked There are several ways to ride this network, but this is my favorite. Other beginner trails are Pushing Tin and Secret Sauce

Need to Know

Trail is two way with one way uphill on the left side and downhill coming on all other trails. Be sure to look at the sign at the trailhead to assure alignment.


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.


Shared By:

Kevin Christopherson with improvements by Chris Beykirch and 1 other

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Went for a quick trip to St. George, Utah, and stayed in Bloomington. While there, I rode the Bearclaw Poppi area and hit Stucki, Rattlesnake, Baseline, and the Bearclaw Poppi descent.
Jul 19, 2019 near Santa C…, UT
Goin with the flow
Apr 23, 2018 near Santa C…, UT
Climbing out of the Snake Pit wash.
Oct 29, 2013 near Santa C…, UT
Very bike friendly bike repair stand in the parking lot.
Apr 5, 2016 near Saint G…, UT
From the top, it's intimidating, but once you get your lines figured out it's fun.
Apr 6, 2016 near Santa C…, UT
Dropping on the acid drops.
Apr 5, 2016 near Santa C…, UT


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Bone dry and fast. Would be nice if there were trail markers - bummed I missed a turn and took the wrong trail.
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