Suicidal Tendencies Trail





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Published on Feb 5, 2014

Akin to its name, the Bureau of Land Management's Suicidal Tendencies trail, located on public lands near St George, Utah, is a technical 4.1 mile (one-way) mountain biking and hiking trail that plunges down one side of a mesa to climb back up an adjacent one. This addition to the Santa Clara River Reserve trail system, which already spans over 30 miles, is thanks to the American Conservation Experience (ACE) crews who worked diligently on it for over a year, and funding from the Utah State Parks National Recreational Trails Program and BLM's National Recreation Fee Program.

Beginning work in May of 2012, ACE put in around 6,500 hours of hard work building tread and constructing numerous retaining walls, including a 30 foot rock retaining wall acting as a "drop-in" for a smooth transition off of the six foot ledge that now links the Sidewinder trail and Suicidal Tendencies. Even before its completion, local users were increasingly testing out its completed segments, interacting with the crew and giving them some positive feedback.

At the trail's completion ACE's trails trainer, Mark Loseth, reflected, "This rock wall ('the drop-in') might very well be the most technically-demanding rock project I have ever done in all my years of trail work. This was not an easy trail to build but our corps members walked away with a great feeling of accomplishment and loved hearing the (mountain bike) riders' feedback of, 'great job!' and "Love the trails guys, I'll be back tomorrow,'—that's what kept the crew coming back day after back-breaking day with smiles on their faces."

Video Credit:
Jason Metzger, Director of ACE Utah
Iris Picat, Land-Use Planning Assistant, BLM St George Field Office

Also, thanks to Clayton Coleman and Jordan Rarick -- two local riders, for helping us gather such great footage!

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