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Thunder Trails

Intermediate
 3.9 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A 20-mile loop system through the Ponderosas above Norwood, Colorado.


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20.2

Miles

32.4

KM

100%

Singletrack

8,259' 2,517 m

High

7,757' 2,364 m

Low

983' 300 m

Up

985' 300 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Seasonal closures, check the Norwood USFS office for scheduled opening: (970) 327-4261

Overview

A lovely multi-loop trail system through ponderosa, pinyon, and aspens. From north to south, ride Thunder Loop #596, Portis Loop #595, Naturita Rim Loop #594, and Goshorn Loop #593 in alternating figure-eights.

Need to Know

Multi-use trail, open to dirt bikes and horses. Very light, occasional motorcycle traffic.

Description

The western side is rocky and somewhat technical, while the eastern side is smooth and the pedaling is easy. The best way to ride the area, and to achieve the most descending, is to do figure-eights.

Start from the west side across the road from the trailhead parking and ending on the east side. The eastern side of Thunder Loop is the fastest and most fun downhill section.

Contacts

Shared By:

J Fast

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 8 votes

#2128

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  3.9 from 8 votes
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Photos

Climbing up the Thunder Loop #596 on a narrow section of singletrack.
Jun 20, 2017 near Mountai…, CO
Riding Thunder Trails
Oct 5, 2018 near Norwood, CO
The rolling forested terrain of the east side of the Thunder Trails system. Goshorn Loop #593.
Jun 20, 2017 near Mountai…, CO

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Jul 26, 2020
Webb Tanner
Jun 28, 2020
Brendan Edwards
Sep 7, 2019
Zach Vaughan
Almost spilled it on some super loose spots. Otherwise great ride and good peddle. 21.5mi — 2h 45m
Sep 14, 2018
Brandon Campbell
Jul 12, 2018
Tim Knutson