(Greens Lake Lichen It
The Lichen It Extension to Greens Lake
Drive was completed in November 2016 as an addition to
the Iron Hills trail system. At the time of
this writing, it appears that the trail will be named Overflow. The distance from the Lichen It junction with Lava Flow to Greens Lake
Drive is 2.5 miles.
This section is early-intermediate in technical difficulty.
The trail's twists and turns are hard to see here,
but it's a fun ride. Photos and review by Bruce on November 19, 2016.
|A note from the author...
I'm giving the Overflow Trail its own separate page. Maybe that's temporary. But as I rode this
trail on its Grand Opening day, it didn't seem like "More of
Lichen It" but it wasn't "Upper Lava Flow" either. So I'll show this trail as separate from
both Lichen It and Lava Flow for
now. And because "The Greens Lake Lichen It Extension" doesn't
roll off the tongue quickly, I'll use "Greens Lake" as shorthand
for this trail so you know I'm talking about this specific segment of
trail. Once the trail has an officially-confirmed formal name, it will be time to get new
(non-snowed-out) photos and make a new map. The trail plan is for a
continuous route up to the top of the C Trail.
|To climb Overflow, you'll first need to climb Lichen
It. Start at the Southview trailhead in south Cedar City. You'll climb
from 5950 feet elevation to 6450 over 2.8 miles of fairly easy but fun
At the top of Lichen It, fork left uphill when you see the
entry to Lava Flow.
(In 2016, there isn't a trail sign yet, and the turn to Overflow -- through
a rock garden -- is anything but obvious.)
Improved and fenced trailhead parking area at the end
of Shurtz Canyon Drive.
||If you're a shuttle monkey DHer, you can start at the top. Greens
Lake Drive forks off Old 91 just before Shurtz Canyon Drive (the street
that takes you to the trailhead). The pavement will turn to a gravel road
and climb up toward some homes on the hill. About two miles uphill, watch
for a doubletrack on the right with a trail marker. That's the trail. The
doubletrack will go south 100 yards and end in a corral area. The gate
through the fence straight ahead is the start of the singletrack.
My Rocky Mountain Blizzard fat bike, leaning against
the gatepost at the singletrack entry at the top of the trail. I climbed
the trail. In the snow. No shuttle for this guy.
|For climbers, Overflow is significantly more strenuous than
lower Lichen It. (Keep in mind that this comparison was done while riding
in unpacked snow.) While a lot of the trail is mellow and flattish, the climbs
following the little dips are much steeper. Turns are a bit tighter and a
bit steeper. I didn't notice any tricky rock stuff, but then again, the
rocks would have been hidden under a few inches of snow.
After spending yesterday playing on conglomerate and
dirt at Wire Mesa, little Snowflake is happy to get snow under her tires
||You'll lose some elevation on downhills, then have to grunt
to get it back. The singletrack ends at almost 7000 feet elevation at a corral
just off the gravel Greens Lake road. The whole climb from
Southview trailhead to the trail's end yielded 1100 total vertical feet of
climbing, with a total distance of 5.2 miles.
The trail has almost constant shallow dips. You can't
see it, but there's a hairpin turn ahead where the sun is hitting the
|At the top of Overflow, you can continue uphill on the
gravel Greens Lake Drive to reach the top of the C
Trail. After a DH run on the C Trail, you can catch the paved East
Bench Trail back to Old 91 near the freeway. From here, it's a short
pedal to retrace your car's path to the trailhead parking.
||Views are rare, but occasionally there will be a break in
the trees allowing you to see the Cedar City area to the west. Not
high-voltage views by Utah standards.
The terrain is a mixture of pinion pine and juniper. The
understory is mostly bare dirt and rock cobble with an occasional manzanita or pitiful
Yesterday's sun has exposed a bit of dirt high on the
mountain. This photo is facing north, about 1/2 mile from the top.
|As a downhill, Overflow is a lot of fun. But it's not
all down. You'll need to climb a few steepish pitches and a couple of
S-turns when you plunge through ravines.
to Licken It, this trail could make a good snow ride. But don't count on
riders from Cedar to pack it down for you. I made the first tracks on the trail's announced
Grand Opening day, a Saturday, two days
after the snowstorm. I saw no one, uphill or down.***
A turn in the snow.
Good stuff. I'll be doing this trail again. And not just to get some
non-snow photos. It's a good uphill ride and a riot to ride downhill.
|Riding notes, climb to Greens Lake road:
0.0 Through gate east of parking
N37 38.699 W113 04.894
Left on Lichen It
0.1 Keep L (R = Lava Flow)
N37 38.677 W113 04.811
|2.8 Fork L uphill on Greens Lake
(Straight ahead = Lava Flow)
N37 38.342 W113 04.626
5.0 Gate, straight ahead to DT
N37 38.306 W113 03.518
5.1 At Greens Lake gravel road
N37 38.355 W113 03.524
At the southern I-15 Cedar City exit (Exit 57 to Cross Hollow Road
and Highway 130), turn east onto Highway 130. Immediately turn right
(south) from 130 onto Old Highway 91. Drive 0.3 miles. Watch for the sign
for Southview Trailhead and turn left on
Shurtz Canyon Drive. Now stay on Shurtz Canyon Drive to the trailhead and
find a spot to park. The Lichen It Trail is to the east (uphill) from
where you entered the parking lot. Once you're through the gate, turn left N37 38.699 W113 04.894.
Bathrooms: None as of 2015 (gas stations 1/2 mile away)
Water: None at trailhead
Camping: None at trailhead (recommend Three