Any suggestions for trails to take my 11 year old daughter on in St. George? She has been riding some double track around home and I would love to take her to St. George over Christmas break if there is a good 2-4 mile less technical trail.
Just give a shout when you are headed down, I have a 12 boy and 10 year old girl that would love to go out for a ride or two with other kids. We have hit a few of the local trails together and if you don't push the pace too much it works out pretty good.
There are no easy trails in St.George...........no just kidding, I recommend the bear claw poppy trail aka the bloomington or even green valley loop. It's fun for any level rider, rolling clay hill singletrack, safe as they come! Start out at the bottom of the trail and do what's called the micro-loop, it's more kid friendly (shorter). The trail ends at navajo drive in bloomington, to get there take I-15 to the bloomington exit, and head south on pioneer (frontage road) then take a right on man o war which will intersect bloomington drive which is a loop, head either right or left til you reach Navajo drive at the far sw end of bloomington dr, once on navajo follow it all the way back to where you cross a cattle guard, immediately adjacent to the right is the trailhead.
^^^^^^^^^^ Seconded. I took an 11 year old there for his first mountain bike ride and he had a blast! Do it just like wasea04 said, they (and you!) will probably end up wanting to do more than one lap.
Thanks guys. The micro loop sounds good. I was also thinking about the Quarry Trail. Is that worth taking the kids on? Is there anything up around Pioneer Park that's good for kids? I've ridden the Green Valley loop about 18 years ago, and it's a lot of fun.
ddujnitsud I'll let you know if I'm going to make it down. I get this idea every Christmas vacation, but it seldom happens. With kids that are excited about biking now, we just might make it.
The temple quarry trail is a flat double track that starts near the airport and heads around the sw side of the black hill, it's double track wide but not double track, once beyond the site where the original pioneer trail ends it gets slightly technical but not too bad, It' an out and back. I know that trail way too well, everyone and their dog's eagle project ten years ago was to refurbish a section of that trail, hahaha fun times. There's a trail named city creek which starts across the redhills parkway from pioneer park, it's pretty techincal, I think it may above kids level riding, unless you're kids are already pros, I've encountered kid pros in person out on the trail and it's very humbling.
My kids are not pro's. I'm thinking I can start with the quarry trail then head out to the micro loop. We've been riding some fairly flat 3-4 mile double track with no problems. I want to get them off the double track so they can see how much more fun biking can be without taking them on a miserable technical ride.
This picture shows the micro loop, it does require some road riding on the way back. If you want to stay all on single track, i suggest to ride up micro loop and turn right at the 3 way. go up first small hill and turn right, (if you keep going straight you have to keep going up those steep hills which the kids may not like. aka clavical hill) and follow the trail back to the car.
As soon as you step over the fence at the trailhead, there will be lots of trails shooting off in all directions. just stay to the left on the most "traveled" trail and you should be fine. they all lead to the same place if you get lost.
I know it won't be as exciting for you, but don't underestimate the hundreds of miles of double track that so. Utah has to offer for the kiddies. There are plenty that have epic scenery and are in interesting enough areas that the newbies might love. I'm thinkin of the different side roads to the ovelooks off the gooseberry road and such. Those were the baby steps that got my step kid stoked.
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