Our goal for ICL hiking is to introduce you to locations in Southwest Utah you may not have explored, to provide an enjoyable social experience, and to offer healthy exercise. The Hiking class is open to all ages, and hikers need to be moderately fit.  Although we try to maintain a group of no more than 30, we will not turn down anyone on hike day.


Things to know before you go:

We will always depart from the west side of the North Plaza Building parking lot, 55 South 900 East. If you live on the way to the hike, or prefer not to go to the parking lot, please let me know, and we will try to determine a good location to meet.
Unless otherwise noted, departure time will be 9:00 a.m. during the warmer months (September, October, April, May) and 10:00 a.m. in the cooler months.

Everyone must sign the attendance sheet. This is very important. It is the justification for Dixie State University to seek State of Utah funding.

Guests are welcome to participate in one hike per semester without joining ICL. They must sign the attendance sheet as well as a Release of Liability form which will be available from the instructor.

We will attempt to provide the best information possible for the monthly hikes in The Learning Link. However, weather, road conditions, and other factors make the final decision as to where each hike will be located.

Recommended gear:

Daypack, filled water bottles, lunch and/or snacks for mid-point of hike, extra socks, good hiking boots that provide ankle support, small flashlight, personal medication, light jacket, hiking poles, sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, camera, and binoculars.

Recommended safety gear:

Emergency whistle, solar blanket, emergency poncho, pocketknife, compass, map of hike area, matches, personal first aid kit, and snake bite kit.

No pets allowed on hikes.

November Hike Schedule

Special Event Hike  Monday Nov 5th  Tutus, Bowties and Tiaras (optional)

Turtle Wall & Elephant Trunk Loop in Snow Canyon

  • 10:00 AM
  • Meet at Chuckwalla trailhead (off Highway 18)
  • Easy 4-mile loop at a “social” pace
  • Let by Frida

The trailhead is off of North Bluff Street (State Route 18) just past the Snow Canyon PKWY interchange. The trail head will be on the left (west side of Bluff).

Doing this hike has become a tradition for Frida. Make it your yearly tradition as well!

Tutus, Bowtie and Tiaras are optional. Wear one. Wear all three. Wear none.  Think of something you want to celebrate and wear whatever puts you in the mood. Hiking clothes always put me in a great mood.

We will pick up the trail right off the Chuckwalla parking lot and continue it to Beck Hill, then up to Gila trail and across to the view point, where we will take a break to enjoy the panoramic views. We will then head back via the Turtle Wall trail where we will see sandstone turtles and the elephant trunk.

The trail is roughly a 4 mile loop and mostly flat, with occasional mildly inclined stretches and some short sandy sections. On this trail, we will be treated to views of beautiful red rock formations and scenic vistas. We may also spot cottontail rabbits, roadrunners, hawks, and a variety of reptiles (I don’t remember having seen any reptiles there). There is also a rock climbing area less than .1 miles from the trailhead, where we are often treated to a bit of entertainment by climbers.

Owens Loop (in St. George)

  • Sunday Nov 18
  • 10:00 AM
  • Meet at Brooks Nature Park (North end of Main Street in St George)
  • Hike Leader: Frida Theros

Highlights: Moderate, 4-4.5 miles, Minor elevation changes with less than 350 ft total gain, “Social Pace”

We will start the hike at Brooks Nature Park. We will take the Brooks Nature trail, which begins with a bit of a rough climb. The trail becomes more “user friendly” as it continues on to Owens Loop at the top of the bluff above the city. Expect some loose rocks and soft dirt

This is a moderate trail at a “social” pace (getting our heart rates up while enjoy our surroundings and the company of fellow hikers).

This trail offers scenic views of the City Center and Dixie Red Hills. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, mountain biking & trail running.

We will have lunch at the picnic tables down where we started.


Gould’s Wash Canyon in Hurricane – from top down 

  • Thursday November 29th at 9:00 ame
  • Meet at  9 am at west side of North Plaza Bldg. Alternatively, for those living near Hurricane,  meet at 9:30 am at the Parking lot of Hurricane Heritage Park, 50 South Main in Hurricane ( The parking lot is behind Heritage Park Museum on west side of Main St.)
  • Hike Leader:  Tim O’Brian
  • 5.5 miles total, moderate, elevation loss/gain 400 feet

This hike is located east of Hurricane on Hwy 59 just across from Jem trail turnoff.

We will start at the top & descend gradually into the canyon on a cow path (approx 150 ft) then several wash crossings down canyon, walking on sand and limestone, to waterfall at 2.5 miles….look for for imbedded fossils. Lunch above the 200 ft pouroff .Then return up canyon the way we came …or for those more well seasoned hikers we scale the north cliff to walk the bike trail back .Either way its about 5.5 miles round trip. Elevation loss/gain approx 400′ mostly gradual…unless you scale the cliff more abrupt.

Take only pictures, leave the fossils for others to  enjoy .

Hiking shoes mandatory.


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> Tim
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November Botany Field Trip

  • Bitter Ridge (Falling Man area)
  • Monday November 12, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Meet at the parking lot on the west side of North Plaza Building (900 E. 100 S.)

A high clearance vehicle is required, but you may be able to car-pool with another party.  ICL badge is required.  Refer to hiking guidelines in the ICL Catalog

Contact: Lee Hughes  Email:  lee.e.hughes@gmail.com



·       If a hike is cancelled you will receive email notification the day prior to the hike.  You can also call the ICL office at 435-652-7670.

·       Hikes are now on Thursdays rather than Fridays

Contact:  Lee Hughes: 435-229-7253