Green Hollow Trail
(a.k.a Greens Lake Trail, 310 East, or Lichen It Extension)
Green Hollow trail joins the top of Licken It and Lava Flow to Greens Lake
Drive. It was completed in November 2016 as an addition to
the Iron Hills trail system. 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.
A new trail opening July 2017 connects the C
Trail to Green Hollow for a continuous downhill. See below.
The trail's twists and turns are hard to see here,
but it's a fun ride. First photos and review by Bruce on November 19, 2016.
Updated May 3, 2017.
To climb Green Hollow, 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 May 2017, there isn't a trail sign yet, and the turn to Green Hollow -- through
a rock garden -- is anything but obvious.) Just know, if you're about to
roll over the rocks into Lava Flow, Green Hollow is about 20 feet behind you.
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, Green Hollow is significantly more strenuous than
lower Lichen It. While a lot of the trail is mellow and flattish, the climbs
following the little dips are steeper. Turns are a bit tighter. I didn't notice any tricky rock
rails a turn in May 2017.
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.
There are a couple of S-turn descents into washes.
At the top of Green Hollow, 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
We're about a half-mile from the top. The terrain has
flattened and the trees have thinned out.
As a downhill, Green Hollow 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. For local residents, there's
dry dirt in winter just down the freeway. 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.
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Good stuff. In the six months since this trail was finished, I've done it
three times. And not just to get some
non-snow photos. It's a good uphill ride and a riot to ride downhill.
north near the top of the ride.
Update June 2017, the Highlands Trail (C Connector)
The Highlands trail will join the top of Green Hollow to
the C Trail, at mile 1.8 from the top of the C Trail. My understanding is
that it will be bi-directional. In mid-June, finish work is still being
done and the trail should open in July.
The C Connector starts on the Greens Lake gravel road,
about 100 yards uphill from the Greens Lake Trailhead. To find it after
climbing the Green Hollow trail, as you pass the parking area turn left at
the gravel road. Ride uphill around the corner and find the trail on the
left at the "speed limit 10" sign. N37 38.386 W113 03.480.
Climbing east on a buffed portion of the new C Connector
trail, with about 1/4 mile to go.
It's possible to drop to the C trail from the northwest
corner of the Highlands subdivision. This 80-foot connector is not
officially marked. It drops steeply from the gravel road down to the C
trail about 100 yards uphill from the Highlands trail fork.
The Highlands Trail is 1.6 miles long. As it joins the C Trail (N37 38.702 W113
02.777), you can continue uphill, or do a 180 and descend the C.
Looking west on the C Connector trail.
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