Life Flight responds to injured mountain biker

Trails on the Bear Claw Poppy loop near Acid Drops and Clavicle Hill, between from Green Valley and Bloomington Trailheads, St. George, Utah, Dec. 12, 2012 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A young man was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center by life flight after suffering head and neck injuries from a mountain bike crash.

The 18-year-old man had been mountain biking on Bear Claw Poppy trail with a friend when he fell while descending the rim of Clavicle Hill, Deputy Darrell Cashin, Washington County Sheriff’s Office liaison for the search and rescue team, said.

At approximately 12:56 p.m., the St. George Communications Center received a call from the injured man’s friend who reported the fall.

Life Flight arrived first to the scene at about 1:30 p.m., and St. George Fire Department and Washington County Search and Rescue teams also responded to the incident.

At about 1:45 p.m. Life Flight flew the man straight to Dixie Regional Medical Center, Cashin said.

“He was breathing, talking, and seemed to be doing okay,” he said.

The man’s name has not yet been released and the severity of his injuries are still undetermined.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by responders on scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • Char March 13, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Where is Bear Claw Poppy Trail?

    • Joyce Kuzmanic March 14, 2014 at 6:56 am

      Char, Bear Claw Poppy Trail is a web of trails that run from the end of Navajo in Bloomington around the base of the ridge and up to the water tower that sits on the Tonaquint ridge directly across from the overlook at the end of the road that passes Green Valley Spa. You can see a map on this Web page: – Bear Claw Poppy Trail is the section in royal blue. 🙂
      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Editor in Chief

  • HUD March 14, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    *Navajo Drive

  • Mike Vandeman March 14, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996: . It’s dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don’t have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else — ON FOOT! Why isn’t that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking….

    A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than hiking, and that science supports that view. Of course, it’s not true. To settle the matter once and for all, I read all of the research they cited, and wrote a review of the research on mountain biking impacts (see ). I found that of the seven studies they cited, (1) all were written by mountain bikers, and (2) in every case, the authors misinterpreted their own data, in order to come to the conclusion that they favored. They also studiously avoided mentioning another scientific study (Wisdom et al) which did not favor mountain biking, and came to the opposite conclusions.

    Those were all experimental studies. Two other studies (by White et al and by Jeff Marion) used a survey design, which is inherently incapable of answering that question (comparing hiking with mountain biking). I only mention them because mountain bikers often cite them, but scientifically, they are worthless.

    Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it’s NOT!). What’s good about THAT?

    To see exactly what harm mountain biking does to the land, watch this 5-minute video:

    In addition to all of this, it is extremely dangerous: .

    For more information: .

    • Bub March 15, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      Is this for real? You are talking about non-motorized bikes, right?

  • zeke March 15, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Sheesh Mike, what a life you must have. Bikes kill small animals? Ha! Good one. Biking in “this” area is a completely harmless activity. That is unless one falls and becomes victim to clavicle corner.

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