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Red Reef South of Red Cliffs

The route to the Red Reef above Harrisburg Flat can be reached from the Red Cliffs Recreation Area. This is a steep climb up a narrow ridge between two deep canyons. Some minor route finding skills are necessary to locate the ridge.

Trail Rating

Overall rating = difficult

Distance: 2.0 Miles return to the top – easy
Elevation gain: 900 feet – difficult
Terrain: steep ascent up a gravel and rock slope – difficult
Exposure: steep dropoff on both sides and not for a person affraid of heights – difficult

To see the trail rating system used here see Trail Rating System

Getting There

If travelling north-east on Interstate I15, take exit 16 towards Hurricane and then turn left at 5300 W towards Quail Creek State Park and Reservoir. This road ends at the service road near Harrisburg. Turn right and then turn left on the marked Red Cliffs Desert Reserve Road which goes west under the interstate highway.

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 to the marked Red Cliffs Desert Reserve Road and turn right going west under the interstate.

Drive into the Red Cliffs Campground and park at the first parking area just past the fee booth. The trailhead is back a short distance along the road before the Recreation Area sign.

Directions to the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve from I15

The Trail

The trail is not marked and in places is quite indistinct as this area is not well travelled. You just head through open territory towards the end of the canyon. Just before you reach the hill of ascent you cross a shallow wash about 8 feet deep but there are easy places to cross.
Red Cliffs Trail Mapsource
Red Cliffs Trail Bing

Here are some pictures taken along the route on January 16, 2013.