Injured cyclist flown out of the Clavicle Hill area by Life Flight

Bear Claw Poppy Trailhead, St. George, Utah, April 22, 2019 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A bicyclist in his 50s was flown to St. George Regional Hospital by Intermountain Life Flight Saturday after a crash.

An adult male was transported by Life Flight Saturday after a bike accident in the Bear Claw Poppy Trail area, St. George, Utah, unspecified date | File photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

The call came in to dispatch at 12:30 pm by a friend who was with the injured man. 

St. George Fire Battalion Chief Darren Imlay said the incident happened about four miles up the lower side of the Navajo Bear Paw Trail. The trailhead is near Navajo Drive in Bloomington. But once riders drop off what is known as Clavicle Hill, the area becomes more remote. 

“It’s fairly inaccessible,” Imlay said.  “You can’t just drive up to it, so a lot of times, we’ll go out, and UTV’s or life-flight will go out. I can’t really discuss the patient’s condition.” 

The area is a part of the Green Valley loop and the Bearclaw Poppy trail. The bike trail is a downhill segment often ridden from the top of the Green Valley Gap, down what riders call “the three fingers of death”, into the wash to Clavicle Hill and down two miles of rolling hills.  

Personnel from Washington County Search and Rescue, St. George Fire Department, Intermountain Life Flight and Gold Cross Ambulance also responded to the scene.

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