Bridge crossing Coal Creek to the paved trail from Highway 14 just west of the nature center. Photos and tracks by Bruce on April 2, 2016.
Cedar City Paved Trails
When this web site was first founded, paved bike trails were rare. Now many new subdivisions
have a trail system. So I review paved trails only if they're of interest to those outside
the area, by being a nice scenic ride or by providing access to riding areas.
The Cedar City paved trails will link the northern and southern mountain bike trail systems.
(A few trails are complete in 2016, but the system is a work in progress.) It will also connect
to the planned bike park on the southeast edge of the city.
East Bench Trail
The East Bench trail forks off the Coal Creek paved trail in East Canyon Park. On the west
side of Coal Creek (the creek splits the park in two), a rather sidewalk-looking fork heads
south. Once you approach the street (one of only two paved street crossings in the trail system)
you'll see the wooden bridge that crosses Squaw Creek straight ahead. That's your target for
the southbound ride.
Looking northeast as we approach the north end of the East Bench Trail.
Looking south, near the area of the future bike park.
On the south end, the East Bench Trail ends on Old Highway 191, just south of Cross Hollow
Road at the I-15 south Cedar City exit. It's just south of the big motel. There's no dedicated
trail parking at this end yet. The
Iron Hills (southern system)
is about 1/2 mile south of this spot.
There's another important spot where the trail meets the road, at 820
South 300 East (right by a water tank). There's roadside parking here.
Important landmark: The
paved trail to a dirt parking area about 100 yards south of this spot.
(The C Trail access road is a southbound dirt continuation of 300 East.)
The best parking for riders from outside the area is at East Canyon Park. When eastbound on
SR 14 from Main Street, turn right into the parking area just after crossing the creek. To
reach East Bench, pedal up to the trail on the south side of the road and cross the trail bridge
westbound. You're on Coal Creek. Turn left with the trail, then watch for the (unmarked) fork
of East Bench about 100 yards later on your right.
The trail climbs to a switchback turn just north of the C Trail parking.
View north as we climb gently through cedar and pinion.
There's one mildly steepish pitch as the northbound trail climbs from the water tank at 300
East up through a switchback higher on the mountain. This may give non-shifting kids some trouble,
but it's short enough to be a tolerable walk.
There's about 100 feet of elevation gain north-to-south, with total climbing on an out-and-back
trip 170 feet. The trail is 2.6 miles long.
Coal Creek Trail
The Coal Creek Trail runs from Cedar Boulevard near I-15 in northern Cedar City to a (hopefully
temporary) dead end in the canyon along Coal Creek. The northernmost access point with parking
would be the Exit 59 Skateboard Park and baseball diamonds off 1045 North.
Looking east at the mouth of the canyon as the trail veers away from civilization.
Here's the layout from East Canyon Park. The trail loops around on the grass. To go eastbound into the canyon, go to the right -- up and across the creek. To go northwest through the city, drop under the road.
For out-of-towners, the most practical access is at East Canyon Park. From here, the trail
passes under Highway 14 northbound. To go eastbound, follow the broad curving cement path up
to the "sidewalk" along Highway 14, cross the creek on the trail's bridge, then immediately
In the canyon along Highway 14, there are two parking areas with bridges that connects across
Coal Creek to the trail. One is at the nature center (across the road from the
trailhead) and the other a bit further up-canyon. The first bridge is your tie-in to the northern
bike trail system including
From the park, there's 180 vertical feet of climbing to the trail's end in the canyon 1.5 miles
uphill. (Whereas for the 1.9 miles of trail north from the park, the pitch of the trail is
barely perceptible.) Overall, the trail is 3.4 miles long.
About a mile uphill, heading east.
Looking northeast from the Veteran's Memorial, where a bridge connects to the trail from city streets. Note the baseball diamonds. The parks tend to buffer you from the city.
North of Coal Creek, the trail spends about half of its time running alongside two very large
park complexes. Each park has a couple of spurs from the trail. Stay to the left, right along
the creek, as you go northbound. There's parking near the trail at these parks, and there will
also be bike bridges across the creek from nearby streets.
On the Coal Creek Trail, there are no street crossings. The trail descends to underpasses along
the creek. The slopes are easily managed by children.
Typical dip underneath a street, as the trail heads northwest along Coal Creek.
There are a couple of nice wide bridges.
The Southview trail is a work in progress as of 2019. The paved portion is 0.6 miles, beginning
at the Southview trailhead (home of Lichen It, etc) and heading north. It can be combined with
a bit of ATV track and street to reach the bottom of the East Bench trail on old 191.
The Southview trailhead has plenty of parking, a bathroom with running water and flush toilets,
and a bicycle repair stand. There's no trail parking at the north end of the trail.
Because the paved portion is short, the primary use for this trail now (2019) is as a connector
between the bottom of the C Trail and Southview trailhead.
Looking southwest from the trail at the trailhead area.
There's a bit of climbing as you head northbound. Although it's not too steep, it might be
too much for a youngster with a fixed-gear bike. The trail passes through juniper and pinion
pine on the lower foothill slope.
At the northern end, a wide gravel ATV road heads northwest. When you arrive at city streets,
turn left downhill. As you reach old 191, go to the right to connect to the East Bench trail.
From the C Trail, take East Bench southbound. When it hits old 191, turn left and as the pavement
ends, cut through the unfinished trail segment to the paved road and turn left uphill. When
you hit the ATV track, go right uphill until you reached the paved trail.
Looking south as we head toward Southview.
Map of paved trails
Getting there, East Canyon Park:
On Main Street in Cedar City, turn east (towards the mountains) on Center
Street. This will become Highway 14. Just 0.4 miles later, the road will
cross Coal Creek. The pathway covered with fencing material to the south
(right) side of the road's bridge is the paved trail. Immediately after
the bridge, turn right into the parking area. Ride toward the bridge to
find the trail.
Water: Parks from East Canyon north (none on East
Bench or in canyon)
Bathrooms: East Canyon and baseball parks on north Coal Creek
Camping: none near trail
Bike services: Cedar Cycle