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    Saint George easy biking

    The wife and I are going to ST. George the end of March for her birthday. We would like to do some riding, could be the first of the season if the weather doesn't turn around here in Northern Utah.

    I am looking for easy bike trails. The wife isn't ready or to willing to do much single track as of yet. Our try didn't go well last fall and since the only bike she has been on as of late is an exercise bike at the gym I need to keep it simple.

    I have looked on line and done some bikemap.net mapping on some paved and gravel trails in and around St. George but it looks like the floods were not kind to the city trails.

    What trails do you guys recommend we ride? Nothing technical, wider then single track, not a lot of vehicle traffic, we are not afraid of climbing. I know that's a lot of what trails are not but if I kill her off now I will never get her on single track. I would like to show her what its like to ride the back country, what there is to see and hope that her love for great views, animals and nature in general will entice her more.

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    Bearclaw poppy is a good and easy trail. I see scout groups and every type of person imaginable on that one. There are a few tough sections but pretty much all of them have bypasses. It will make it more fun for you too since you can still ride the harder stuff while she goes around. Also the trail is pretty wide and smooth.

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    Seems like these links might provide you with what you are lookin for:
    Snow Canyon State Park does have some really nice scenery.

    http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/snowloop.htm

    http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/snowcan.htm

    http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/st-g-pav.htm

    http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/virgin.htm



    Also, go thru the list of other St George rides on utahmountainbiking and see what you think. There are a few pretty tame trails to ride.

    http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/idx-st-g.htm


    You can always wander around the dirt roads outside Santa Clara and out towards Stucki Springs or into the Anasazi area.


    A couple ideas from the Gooseberry trails page:

    Go out to Warner Valley; not sure of the condition of the road, bu you could climb and ride to and on top of the bluff. (Warner Valley is on the Gooseberry trails list)

    If you don't mind the entrance fee, you could go and do an out and back up thru Zion Canyon. You could even park at the Rockville Bench/Slickrock Swamp parking area and pay the lesser biker entry fee at Zion.

    http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/tr...gooseberry.htm


    The list could go on, but plenty of easy riding options with nice scenery.

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    The White Road on Gooseberry is a great beginner trail. It goes out to a spectacular view at the west end of the mesa and if she's feeling like it try the Practice Loop on the way back.

    The White Road, Practice Loop on Gooseberry and the JEM Trail is where my wife and I learned to ride.
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    Anasazi Trail

    It's short, it's wide hard packed gravel doubletrack (wide enough for a wheelchair), it's got some switchbacks, it's a mild climb, it's got great views of Ivins, and it gets progressively more technical as you get closer to the graveyard. Just turn around when it starts to get to be too much. Then go hit the Snow Canyon paved multi use trail/service dirt road a couple of miles away.

    Don't forget to look at the hundreds? of petroglyphs at the summit area of the Anasazi trail.

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