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Lowder Pond Loop

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 3.0 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great loop that can also be shuttled for a fun downhill run from Brian Head Peak.


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9.7

Miles

15.6

KM

80%

Singletrack

10,934' 3,333 m

High

10,003' 3,049 m

Low

905' 276 m

Up

1,027' 313 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

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Overview

This is high mountain trail riding at its best. This ride is a bit rocky in spots pushing it toward a difficult rating, and the elevation will kick your butt on the climbs, but it's a fun "old school" adventure trail. Lower Pond Loop climbs above timberline with fantastic views in every direction, and drops into high mountain meadows.

Need to Know

This trail is not well signed. Do not attempt this ride unless you have good GPS or map skills. Some signs say Marathon Trail, some simply say "Trail", and some intersections are not signed.

Description

From Highway 143, turn onto Forest Service Road 048 (the Sidney Valley Road). It's a well maintained gravel road. Travel about 2 miles up this road and look for a large metal gate on the left with a smaller "bike gate" next to it. Park here and pedal the remaining 2.4 miles up the gravel road (FS 048) to the ridge.

At the ridge, go left (west) onto the Bunker Creek (Right Fork) and continue climbing. After 2.4 miles you'll come to the intersection with the Dark Hollow and Marathon Trail. Turn left (south) onto the Marathon Trail (do not go down the Dark Hollow trail, which is on the right). Go about 4 miles down to the first pond and take another left just before the fence that surrounds the pond. There will be two small stream crossings after this left. Continue closing the loop staying left until you enter a large meadow. Follow the trail through the meadow and over another stream crossing. Climb the hill, out of the meadow, and back to your car.

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Shared By:

Kevin Christopherson

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  3.0 from 4 votes

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Nice log crossing.
Sep 2, 2014 near Parowan, UT
looking uphill. fast section
Jul 7, 2018 near Parowan, UT
Starting the descent of Lowder Pond Loop
Sep 25, 2014 near Parowan, UT
Dropping down, but still above timberline.
Aug 4, 2013 near Parowan, UT
Lowder Pond
Sep 2, 2014 near Parowan, UT
The first stream crossing on Lowder Pond Loop
Sep 25, 2014 near Parowan, UT

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Jun 4, 2020
Mark Miller
Lots of down trees and two muddy stream crossings to walk around. Unmaintained steep trail in places. Not well-worn. Beautiful meadows near the end! 9.9mi — 2h 30m
Sep 21, 2018
Joe Arrington
Just did from Brian’s head to the end. Rough rock gardens 6mi
May 27, 2018
Brady Mallory
Trail is not ready to be open yet snow and downed trees everywhere. Walked as much as we rode
Jul 30, 2017
Austin Bowden
Jul 5, 2015
Markk Knowles

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