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A nice intermediate shuttle downhill run out of Brian Head resort.


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Map Key

14.1

Miles

22.7

KM

80%

Singletrack

11,063' 3,372 m

High

8,340' 2,542 m

Low

422' 129 m

Up

3,086' 941 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Overview

This is a fun shuttle run from Brian Head Peak to Panguitch, Utah. There is nice singletrack, great scenery, and the route is almost all downhill. The last five miles go from singletrack to doubletrack to pavement. After the 2017 fire, local mountain bike clubs have worked hard to clear the trail and cut new sections.

Need to Know

At these elevations, be prepared for cold or stormy weather. I listed the trail as intermediate difficulty, but there are a few spots that will test a good intermediate rider. You can catch a shuttle at The Brian Head Giant Steps lodge or George's shop and they will take you up to Brian Head Peak (11,300 feet elevation) and pick you up at Panguitch. The Burger Barn at the end of the ride is a pick up spot for return shuttle and has amazing bbq. As of the time of this posting, the shuttle was a bargain at $20. Of course, you can also self-shuttle.

Description

Park near Brian Head Peak at the pit toilets. Cross the road and hop on the Sydney Peaks Trail marked by a short steep climb up well stacked slabs of rock. After the brief climb, enjoy a fun flat section filled with optional jumps and rock rollers. Follow the Sydney Peaks Trail for the next 4.1 miles, experiencing down country vibes with a mix of flat corners, rock features, and high-speed descents, with a few manageable climbs rewarded by exhilarating downhill stretches.

Upon reaching the end of the Sydney Peaks Trail, you'll arrive at the edge of a beautiful viewpoint and the rock climbing area known as The Overlook. Take a moment to catch your breath before descending Bunker Creek. Cross the road and follow the well-marked trail, Bunker Creek North, downhill. (Note: It may be labeled Bunker Creek Right Fork, but will be on your left side coming from this direction.)

This is where the trail comes alive, with well-built corners, grade reversals, doubles, and other exciting features. Depending on recent rainfall, the trail surface can be extremely tacky or loose, both of which offer an enjoyable experience. Be cautious and control your speed in sections, as short tree stumps await around some corners and off kilter sections. Continue on Bunker Creek for 3.5 miles before turning right across a well-marked bridge onto the lower section of the trail.

Follow the lower section of Bunker Creek for another 3.4 miles, enjoying fun corners and wooden skinny features, before emerging onto a dirt road. Take a right turn downhill towards the lower parking lot, where hopefully you have arranged a shuttle.

Note: You can pedal back up this trail if you feel inclined. A good climbing route would be Lower Bunker Creek to Left Bunker creek, to Sydney Peaks trail, back to the top. While this is a bidirectional trail be aware that people ride Bunker Creek downhill at high speeds.

Contacts

Shared By:

Kevin Christopherson with improvements by Elizabeth Kellerman and 1 other

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  4.2 from 26 votes

#780

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Photos

Bunker Creek Trail
Jul 15, 2019 near Parowan, UT
creek crossing
Jul 7, 2018 near Parowan, UT
New trail after burn
Jul 7, 2018 near Parowan, UT
Easy singletrack on top.
Aug 4, 2013 near Parowan, UT
Getting into the good stuff.
Aug 4, 2013 near Parowan, UT
catching some shade
Jul 7, 2018 near Parowan, UT
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Oct 14, 2022
Thad Koppenhafer
Shuttle picked us up in Panguich lake resort at the church All that fun and did not notice the uphills, hardly any. All singletrack now mostly — 12h 00m
Sep 20, 2020
David Crane
w SL 10.8mi
Sep 7, 2020
Myra T
Aug 24, 2020
Jasmine Board
Jul 4, 2020
Eddie O'Toole
Trail is dry but awesome! Watch out for the (new-ish) stump in the middle of the trail about half way down. 28mi — 3h 30m
Jul 14, 2019
Andy Logan
Jul 12, 2019
Hector Ortiz
Jul 4, 2019
Darren McCaulley

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