Top five hikes in St. George

Aspiration Trail is full of positive and enduring phrases that will keep you motivated during your beautiful hike. Frankie Medina | Sun News Daily

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With spring break coming up, there is no doubt hiking will be on the top of people’s must-do lists.

Here are some exciting hikes to try out this spring break everyone is sure to enjoy:

  1. Temple Quarry Trail – Temple Quarry Trail St. George, UT 84770

This family friendly hike has many interesting features to it. While hikers visit they can find lava rocks that were used for the foundation of the St. George Temple. There are views of the Pine Valley Mountains and Zion National Park. With direct sunlight, this 2.5 mile hike will take about an hour to an hour and a half to complete. It is about two miles from downtown and accessible any time of the day.

2. Yant Flat

Yant Flat Trail is the place to go if you are into geologic features. While hiking this trail you will see a mix of sandstone and volcanic rock pushed up to form a marble-like structure.

Alex Tye, assistant professor of geology, described it as, “A short hike to nicely exposed sandstone terrane that can be explored in any direction above Red Reef with nice views.”

This hike is about three miles and has a moderate difficulty level. It can be anywhere from two to seven miles and take two to seven hours to complete depending on how far you decide to go.

3. Aspiration Trail – 3909 Pioneer Rd, St. George, UT 84790

Aspiration Trail is an uprising trail in St. George. Along the trail, hikers can find many rocks painted with aspirations for motivation. This trail is full of steep hills and steps. With nearly 500 feet of elevation, this is a moderate hike.

According to Hike St. George: “This hike has full sun exposure and can be difficult if not properly prepared. Bring plenty of water.”

This mile and a half hike will take more than an hour to complete. Be a part of the tradition, paint a rock, carry it to the trail and place it with the others.

4. Man O’ War Trailhead – 670 Man O War Rd, St. George, UT 84790

Man O’ War Trailhead is a popular choice for easy access. Hikers can choose to bike, walk, run, skate or roll around in a wheelchair.

Alyssa Ponce, a sophomore computer engineer major from Mesquite, Nevada, said, “It is so convenient because there are so many different spots to start.”

Ponce said how unique the different plant and animal life is surrounding the trail. With this seven mile trail, it is easy to end wherever they see fit. Hikers can find this seven mile trail between Man O’ War Road and East Riverside Drive.

5. Owen’s Loop

This trail is one of the best for views of the whole town. Owen’s Loop is about two and a half miles and takes one to two hours to complete. It is located right in downtown which ensures easy access. This is the perfect spot for biking, walking your dog and horse riding. It’s a very secluded trail since many people do not know about it and it has lots of peaceful views and scenery.