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A fantastic descent on tight singletrack.


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Map Key

1.5

Miles

2.4

KM

Singletrack

1,605' 489 m

High

1,209' 369 m

Low

62' 19 m

Up

446' 136 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

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Description

Thunder Rock Express is either one of the best descents or tougher climbs in the Tanasi trail network. It is usually ridden as a descent from the Chestnut Mountain Loop down to road FS45.

The descent is fast, flows well, and, due to the amount of loose rock on the trail, can be ridden at speed even when wet. Be careful, though, as the trail is narrow and built into a steep mountainside with sharp drops to the side. A turn taken too wide can result in a long tumble.

The trail starts about halfway around the Chestnut Mountain loop and ends on Forest Service Road 45. From there, riders usually take a left onto FS45 and climb to West Fork Trail to reconnect to Chestnut Mountain Loop.

This trail is one of the highlights of the Black Bear Rampage 40 mile race.

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Shared By:

Kevin Hall

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 11 votes

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  4.5 from 11 votes
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Trail Rankings

#118

in Tennessee

#6,495

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The bridge at the bottom of Thunder Rock Express
Sep 18, 2016 near Ducktown, TN
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Oct 9, 2020
Carl Duellman
rode there last week. the bridges at the bottom are very slippery. other than that it was fun.
Oct 7, 2017
Betsy Saylor
fun descent, a bit loose w dry weather
Oct 21, 2016
Rob Lilley
Started at Thunder Rock campground, rode up gravel road to connector trail (poor shape) and back down Thunder Rock Express. Good clean DH fun. 5.6mi — 1h 08m
Jul 18, 2016
William Pearson
out and back 3mi
Apr 4, 2016
Michael Sorg
Oct 9, 2010
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