Five Hikes Within Five Miles of Cedar City

Posted: June 11, 2020 | Author: Kenzie Lundberg | Read Time: 2 minutes

Cedar City hikesSocial distancing may be the new thing, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside all day. And what better place is there to practice social distancing than in the world's best backyard?

Make a plan and hit the trail on the same day with these five hikes within five miles of Southern Utah University's campus:

Thor’s Hideout Trail
Moderate | 3.2 Miles | 564 Feet Elevation Gain | Out & Back | Trail Location
Tucked in the hills of Thunderbird Gardens, Thor’s Hideout is a moderate trail running through the red rocks and hills east of Cedar City. Views of the red rocks continue all along the trail, as well as peeks of Cedar City in the distance. The trail is moderate, plan for an out and back adventure on a dirt trail.
Red Hollow Trail
Moderate | 3.3 Miles | 850 Feet Elevation Gain | Out & Back | Trail Location
Starting in Cedar Canyon, the Red Hollow trail takes hikers along the backside of Cedar City’s famous red hill. The trail winds up a quiet canyon and will be shady in the early morning and late afternoon. The trail is part of the Thunderbird Canyon Trail System, meaning you can add other trails to make this a much longer adventure.
Alex Canyon Trail
Moderate | 1 Mile | 282 Feet Elevation Gain | Out & Back | Trail Location
Alex Canyon Trail is located above the Cedar City Golf Course and offers a quiet and serene, but quick hiking option. The trail winds through the red hills and white hills to the east of the golf course and ends with a sky-high view of the canyon and a glimpse of Cedar City.
Difficult | 7.3 Miles | 2,171 Feet Elevation Gain | Out & Back (One-Way with Shuttle) | Trail Location
The C-Trail can be explored in a variety of ways, depending on the type of adventure you are seeking. The trail can be done one-way, from the top down, by parking at the Scenic “C” Overlook, just be sure you have a shuttle back up to the top. The trail can also be done out and back, but it is a difficult climb with 2,100 feet of elevation gain.
Either way you choose to adventure, the “C” Overlook offers a wide view of Cedar City and the surrounding mountains making it well worth your time. The viewing area is just above the large white “C” on the foothills.
Cedar Canyon Trail (Paved)
Easy | 2.7 Miles | 187 Feet Elevation Gain | Out & Back | Trail Information
Cedar Canyon Trail is a part of the large trail system in and around Cedar City. This paved trail is an easy option for walking, biking, and strollers. The quiet trail offers views of Cedar Canyon’s red cliffs and Cedar Canyon Nature Park.

Being outside reduces stress, increases brain function and makes us happier. We could all use some fresh air and exercise, so get outside and find for yourself what makes these places so wonderful.

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