Halfway Wash Trail

Halfway wash has paved bike paths through some areas of Saint George, and has hiking trails that are easily accessible from our house.  Yesterday, I threw on my CamelBak and headed out for a short hike by myself.  I really like this area a lot, and the hiking is exciting, because it is new.

On the way to the trailhead, I passed some Screwbean Mesquite trees.  I love these.  Desert plants that take the brutal heat and dryness of the desert are fascinating to me.  Plus, these trees have really great seedpods!  Also, there is a really cool tunnel on the bike path that leads to the trailhead.

It’s pretty amazing that after a minute or two, you just come to the END of the developed area, and there is nothing but desert.  Desert plants, desert animals, red rocks, and red dirt.  I love it!  Here is one of the neighborhoods you walk through on the way.  The trail actually winds in and out of this neighborhood.

The trail goes MUCH further than I went yesterday, but these are some of the views from the part I DID hike.

I saw some of the native flora and fauna, which is almost always my favorite part.  I saw many rabbits, birds, and chipmunks.  This little Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher was busily hopping around in the creosote bushes, probably catching gnats.  I didn’t get any good photos of him, but I offer these anyway.

There are different types of cacti and plants here than there were in Moab.  It’s interesting seeing them, and identifying them.  I am not sure yet what this Opuntia is, but it’s a nice one, and these are scattered all over the desert here.  Does anyone out there know which Opuntia this is?

After my hike, Rich and I went to a place called Russo’s New York Pizza (I guess they don’t have their own website), which is near our house.  They sell pizza by the slice, like Paradox, and the pizza was very good.  Its crust is thinner and crispier than Paradox’s pizza.  I had a slice of their Barbecue Chicken pizza.  Yum!

Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

15 Responses to Halfway Wash Trail

  • Tofu Pizza?? lol Post the pics of the menu! they are hard to read on my phone! Its great you have trails so close, looks like a beautiful area.. but desert…

  • Barb – Yeah, I’m not really all that sold on tofu pizza. What’s wrong with just veggies?! Adding tofu seems a little much, when you’ve already got crust!

  • I’m glad you are getting out and seeing your new surroundings.

  • Janet – Me too. I really like the area here. It’s like home, but without tourists in every nook and cranny.

  • Yea for desert outings and pizza!

  • Jen – Yeah, I’m pretty happy about both. Love it here!

  • Looks like you’re settling into the area beautifully. Glad you love it. There is a lot of beautiful country out there.

  • Sonja (AKA ‘mom’) – Thanks! I’m glad I like it here, too. I can’t wait to explore some more.

  • What a beautiful trail. It’s nice being able to hike from your front door. I never see as many birds as you do.

  • Wow, exploring without tourists – did you get to do that in Moab in winter, or is it overflowing all year rount? Speaking of which, will winter be similar in St. George, or milder?

  • Dana – 🙂 I love that I can hike here so easily! I’m glad that I always see birds, but most of the ones of interest here seem very quick, and hard to get good photos of!

    Catherine – They go away in Moab, but I am a sissy, and Moab is COLD in the winter, much MUCH colder than Portland is. Winter here will be much milder than Moab. It’s very similar to the high desert of southern California, like Victorville.

  • Glad you’re happy!
    Have Fun!

  • Jeanette – Thanks!

  • Those Screwbean Mesquite trees really do have unusual seed pods. It looks like a beautiful area you are in. Have fun and continue exploring.

  • Aunt Marcy – Thanks! This area really is beautiful. I can’t wait to do some more hiking and exploring around here!

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