Root Family

Root Family

Feb 1, 2010

Red Cliffs recreation area

01.30.10 Red Cliffs recreation area

I  had a business trip to St George, Utah this past week and decided to take advantage of being in the area for a little hike. I love the St George area, but have only spent time at Zion NP and Snow Canyon SP. I asked for advice on some message boards about some quick local hikes in the area and had some great suggestions. I settled on Red Cliffs recreation area, which is located near Leeds, UT (north of St George). Getting to the location was VERY quick and easy.

I took the Leeds exit and followed a frontage road south a few miles and turned west to head under I-15.
01.30.10 Red Cliffs recreation area

Then I followed the road through this creek and on to the campground area.
01.30.10 Red Cliffs recreation area

I took this picture as I was heading in. Loved the different colors of the dead winter vegetation, the red cliffs, and the snowy Dixie Nattional forest in the background.
01.30.10 Red Cliffs recreation area

I started my hike right away and was amazed at how beautiful it was. The trail follows a creek the whole way and along the way I found this funny-looking tree (it's huge).
01.30.10 Red Cliffs recreation area

The canyon is somewhat wide as I went up and mostly looked like this.
01.30.10 Red Cliffs recreation area

I then came upon the first pool and waterfall. I can imagine this is very nice for a swim in the summer time
01.30.10 Red Cliffs recreation area

01.30.10 Red Cliffs recreation area

The local tribes of southern utah have left their marks (probably teenagers)
01.30.10 Red Cliffs recreation area

I continued up canyon  as it started to get deeper and narrower. I loved this area as it lead to another set of two pools and waterfalls.
01.30.10 Red Cliffs recreation area

01.30.10 Red Cliffs recreation area

If you wanted to avoid getting wet, you had to use the handline and moki steps to get up and above it. This area of the canyon was very beautiful (above it) as well)

01.30.10 Red Cliffs recreation area
I continued hiking up as the creek made a sharp turn North and became too narrow for me to hike along.
01.30.10 Red Cliffs recreation area

01.30.10 Red Cliffs recreation area

01.30.10 Red Cliffs recreation area

I scrambled up the sandstone above it to see how much further the creek continued. I decided to hang out up here for a bit and take a few more pictures of the water and of the sandstone in the area.
01.30.10 Red Cliffs recreation area

I climbed up onto this large petrified poo rock and took in the view
01.30.10 Red Cliffs recreation area


As I climed down, I noticed a lot of B&H's along the top of this area. I'm assuming this must be a popular area for climbers. I'd love to come back and do some rapelling as the trip to the top is not that far/hard to get to
01.30.10 Red Cliffs recreation area

01.30.10 Red Cliffs recreation area

I booked it back to the car and back  home to SLC. I had a great trip and look forward to coming back with Alene to do more exploring. There were TONS of side canyons I wasn't able to explore due to time. This is definitely a place I will be coming back to when I'm down here.

5 comments:

mooncowboy said...

this looks sweet. i know about the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, but we too have only been to Snow Canyon (which is beautiful, of course). a lot of your pics remind me of it down there. looks like this was a nice and secluded hike. anyone else on the trails?

the only time we've been to Leeds is to Silver Reef and the old pioneer cemeteries nearby, which are pretty cool.

so what does b&h stand for? a climbing rookie over here.

Jeffrey Dean Root said...

Must have been nice to be out in nature by yourself

Tyler said...

Matt, Sorry it's taken me so long to respond. I just noticed your comment. It was awesome. Much different than Snow Canyon because it's much more narrow. I did run into a group of 3 guys on my way out, but for the most part I was by myself. Awesome time. B&H = Bolt and Hanger (just a bolt anchored into the rocks).

mooncowboy said...

no problem, thanks for the info. i have to add this to my list-of-places-to-visit (along with Maple Canyon which you recommended and we haven't been to yet . . . and of course along with many other places as well). We still need to get our families together to camp in the swell or something this spring/summer. or just get together in general.

Jen B. said...

Looks like a great hike. Jared and I are itching to get out and go see red rock. I've looked into this area and it seems like it would be fun.
Glad to see you had a good hike.