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Quail Creek Reservoir – North Overlook

This trail gives an excellent vantage point looking over the Quail Creek Reservoir to the South and the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve and Pine Valley Mountains to the West.

Trail Rating

Overall rating = moderate

Distance: 2.6 miles return – easy
Elevation gain: 630 feet – moderate
Terrain: wide gravel and rocky trail – easy/moderate
Exposure: cliff edge at top – moderate

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Getting There

If travelling north-east on Interstate I15, take exit 16 towards Hurricane and then turn left at 5300W towards Quail Creek State Park and Reservoir. This is the second traffic light from the I15. This road ends at the service road near Harrisburg. Turn right and go past Harrisburg to a small gravel road ½ mile past Harrisburg.

Directions if driving North-East on I15

If travelling south-west on Interstate I15 take exit 23 into Leeds and turn left onto N Main Street. Continue through Leeds to a stop sign at the I15 exit. Veer left taking the service road about 2 miles to the unmarked gravel road. If you miss this road turn around in Harrisburg and come back ½ mile.

Directions if travelling South-West on I15

Turn in the gravel road and go straight ahead and park in a large open area near a stone quarry. If you have a high clearance vehicle you can take the road to the right and go down the hill around the quarry and park near the trailhead.

Trail Parking

For a one page printout of the directions click Quail Creek Reservoir – North Overlook

The Trail

The trail starts at Harrisburg Creek and continues uphill with an elevation gain of about 630 feet. The one way distance is about 1.3 miles.

From the creek you travel an elevation rise of 350 feet up the first hill and when you reach the top of this hill another hill appears. This second hill ascends about 100 feet and a third hill appears. Ascending 150 feet to the top of this hill you come to the cliff edge overlooking Quail Lake. A further 30 foot ascent brings you to a promontory which drops off on three sides. You get beautiful views from here.

This trail can be navigated with an ATV.

Parking area and trailhead

Trail End

There is a secondary trail which branches off the main trail part way up the main trail. This trail eventually comes out at the south end of Leeds. I travelled this trail for about 1 mile before turning back. It is a very scenic trail.

Location of the start of a Secondary Trail to Leeds

The following are some pictures taken on the main trail.