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Paiute Wilderness Trails - 2-15 miles; difficult

Hikes range from a day hike to the top of Mount Bangs to an overnight backpack trip down Sullivans Canyon to the Virgin River Gorge. The Sullivan Canyon route is 15 miles long one-way, mostly along wash bottoms with little developed trails and requires crossing the Virgin River. Others routes follow old roads that were in use before wilderness designation. BLM recommends hikers first contact the Information Center for directions to the trailhead, road conditions and maps of the area.

The Paiute Wilderness Trails are accessed either from the Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area or the Black Rock Mountain area at Cougar Spring Trailhead.

Mt. Trumbull Trail - 2.5 miles; moderate to difficult

The Mt. Trumbull trail quickly ascends the south slope of this high basalt-capped mesa. From the southern rim of the basalt cap, the trail ends and the final mile to the summit on the north edge of the mesa is trailless. Once atop the mesa the route to the summit passes through a beautiful forest of ponderosa pine. At the northern edge of the mesa, broad sweeping views of the heart of the Arizona Strip, as well as much of southern Utah, await the persistent hiker.

Mt. Trumbull is accessed by leaving St. George, Utah via Quail Hill road or from Arizona 389 near Pipe Springs via the Mt. Trumbull Road to reach Mt. Trumbull. Distance is 60-70 miles from St. George or 50 miles from Colorado City on Arizona State Highway 389.

Mt. Logan Trail - 0.5 mile; easy

The short hike to the summit of Mt. Logan is worth the brief effort. To the south and west are majestic views of portions of the western Grand Canyon and Arizona Strip. The Pine Valley Mountains, Virgin Mountains, and scenic portions of southern Utah are also visible in the far distance.

Mt. Logan is accessed by leaving St. George, Utah via Quail Hill road or from Arizona 389 near Pipe Springs via the Mt. Trumbull Road to reach the Mt. Trumbull area. Take BLM Road 1044 to 1064 and follow to the end (4WD or high clearance vehicles). Distance is 65-75 miles from St. George or 55 miles from Colorado City on Arizona State Highway 389.

Grand Bench Trail - 10 miles each way; moderate

The name of this rugged 36,300-acre wilderness in northwest Arizona refers to the two sets of steep cliffs separated by a bench. The lower cliffs rise 1,600' (488m) above the Mojave desert floor and are dissected by several deep, narrow canyons. When viewed from the west, the upper cliffs form a dramatic backdrop to the wilderness area by abruptly climbing another 1,800' (549m). As its name implies, the Grand Wash Bench Trail travels along the bench between the two sets of cliffs from the north boundary to the south end.

The trail can be reached from either the South or North end of the wilderness area. The north trailhead is most easily reached but a high clearance vehicle is recommended. For directions to the trailhead, please visit the Information Center or contact a BLM Recreation Planner at the Arizona Strip Field Office.


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