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Barrel Ride

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

This is a technical trail that weaves up and down cliffs through the desert. It is the funnest way to do ride the race course. At the bottom of the trail, you can go left and connect to the race course, or go right and connect next to the water tower that starts the green valley loop. If you want a really tech section, when you turn right, go down the hill andturn left down a wash. That part is a blast. All three ways can take you to where you parked.
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Latitude
37.1252862849668
Longitude
-113.5546875
Trail Directions
Take the Bluff Street I-15 exit in St. George and turn west. Immediately turn south (left) on Hilton Drive. Go past the golf course and turn right when you reach Dixie Drive. Turn left at the sign for Green Valley Spa. Drive past the spa onto dirt at the end of the road. Turn right at the top of the mesa, then immediately left to drive down into the deep valley. Park in the open area in the valley bottom. From here, ride the first dirt road that heads to the right. follow the road, it will climb up a small hill, flatten out, then down the other side, on the left hand side, there is a piece of singletrack, start there. This is the Race Course, ride this trail anyway you want to the top of the hill ( I recommend going up the rock washes), it will connect to a dirt road towards the top. Ride up the dirt road past a steep jeep road that goes down the other side to the right. Continue up the road and you will pass two other pieces of singletrack, they are part of the race course, the second is marked with rocks and is the downhill section. Go 50ft or so past this and you will see singletrack to the left, generally marked with a line of rocks. If this is confusing, run into Red Rock Bicycle, and nab a map.
Trail Length
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Saint George
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
December 14, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Sweet William ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
There is some obvious confusion with the last review. This is not the Bear Poppy trail. This trail is not easy to follow and is not for beginners. As mentioned in the directions it's probably a good idea to stop at one of the local bike shops for a map and or a guide.

After a pretty tough 2-3 mile climb the fun starts. You are now at the top (or very near) of the mesa and will ride along a roller coaster of single-track dirt and slick rock. There are some great places to stop and enjoy the views over the western desert valley. There are many rocky drops and descents to keep you on your toes, and one wicked rocky down hill section that I've seen many choose to walk rather than ride. About 1.5 miles from the bottom there is a hard to find trail that shoots off to the right that will take you over towards the water tank. This is a fun section if you can spot it otherwise you'll just finish a little sooner. If you want a decent work out and some good semi-technical fun you'll enjoy this ride.

Recommended Route:
As described. Stop in to one of the bike shops for a map.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Gooseberry, little creek, Jem.



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Review Date
August 21, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Pain Freak ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I believe the real name for this trail is Bear Claw Poppy and there are other options off this trail to do a few others.But it isn't known as Barrel to anybody I know of and the books all call it Bear Claw Poppy.Hope this helps.BTW, It is a very fun ride,but quite short unless you hook it up with other trails branching off. It's very well signed so you won't have any problem finding the options.I'd rate it almost a beginner trail though,not much in the way of technical riding,but there are a few drops and a few jumps, so you can have fun.No real steep climbs either.Still if you're in the area check it out.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Green Valley Loop and Stucki Spring



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bikeboatski (11/08/2011)
Bear Claw Poppy is a different trail!
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Review Date
February 8, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Weyvoless ,  Downhiller

Summary:
This is one of the funnest trails in the St. George area. After riding this trail, I rarely ride the Bear Claw Poppy trail. This trail consists of tight technical single track that will really keep you on your toes. It is very doable on a hardtail, or even a 6 inch trail bike. I would only recommend this trail to intermediate, and advanced riders.

Recommended Route:
Up the race course to the top of the Mesa. Pick up the single track there. Stay right, and take all the way to the water tower, and on down the fingers of death, and over to Clavical hill. Turn around, back to the water tower, and finish up on the lower Barrel, which happens to be the most technical stretch of the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Little Creek Mesa. Grafton Mesa. Gosseberry Mesa.



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Review Date
January 11, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Ryan , from St. George

Summary:
Even though you are coming off the race course, this is not a race trail. It is very technical, with boulder drops and steep descents and ledged climbs. The wash kicks ass. Kudos Bryce.

Recommended Route:
Up the race course, up the first wash, past the pit, then up next wash you hit, which'll connect you to the dirt road at the top. Take it to the trail head.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Broken Mesa, Gooseberry, Hurricane Rim & JEM.



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