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Thunder Mountain Ride

 4.7 (22)

15.9 Miles 25.7 Kilometers


55%

Singletrack

1,627' 496 m

Ascent

-1,633' -498 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

8,261' 2,518 m

High

7,085' 2,159 m

Low

Shared By Brian Smith

Conditions


All Clear 16 days ago
Dry: Super dry and loose History

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A bucket list ride in middle-of-nowhere Utah that could be mistaken for Mars.

Brian Smith

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Overview

This ride has it all: A mellow climb on a paved bike path, rolling singletrack through alpine pine forest, and ripping descents through an otherworldly Martian landscape littered with hoodoos.

Need to Know

  • This route can be approached from a couple different ways: Riders looking to speed things up can shuttle to the start of the Thunder Mountain Trail and bypass the bike path climb. Or, if you want more challenge forego the loop and ride the Thunder Mountain Trail as a more technically-demanding, 100% singletrack out-and-back adventure.
  • Though desert-y, this ride is at elevation and is susceptible to winter conditions during the season.

Description

From the parking lot at the bottom of Thunder Mountain Trail #33098, hop onto the Red Canyon Bike Trail #33016 and settle in for a mellow and extremely scenic 5.5-mile climb. After the path flattens out and enters a broad prairie, look for the turnoff to Coyote Hollow Road (FSR #113) on the right.

Pedal the mellow dirt road for about two miles to the upper Thunder Mountain TH. Jump onto the beautiful singletrack and enjoy the undulating ride as it contours into and out of countless forested drainages. Eventually, the grade will trend more continuously upward and you'll climb to the ride's high-point at about mile 11.75.

Take in the ridiculously unique and scenic views and prepare yourself for some amazing descending to come. A couple short climbs break up what is an otherwise ripping 1,400-foot descent, but you'll be thankful because the climbs allow you to soak in the incredible surroundings.

The trail varies from wide-open and smooth to tight and technical, so be ready for anything. The pea gravel tread rolls fast as all get out but can be less-than-inspiring through corners. Trust the hardpack underneath the ball bearings and ye shall have a grand ol' time.

Eventually, after a series of snaking switchbacks, you'll find yourself in a canyon bottom facing the last short climb of the ride. Grind it out and get ready for a ripping straight-away back to the trailhead. There you'll find your car, pit toilets, and hopefully some post-ride libations.

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Jul 7, 2018
Nick Cox
Amazing ride with great switchbacks and awesome views
Jul 6, 2018
Retro Rick
Very hot day, very few riders on the trail.
Jul 5, 2018
Jenn Keller
15.8mi — 2h 27m
Jun 11, 2018
Pesche Egli
30mi
Jun 5, 2018
Jason Lampenrider
Dry and nice. Tons of horses and hikers
Jun 1, 2018
Urs Koster
All clear
May 31, 2018
stefan landwehr
Great ride! Like riding in Bryce Canyon itself. Only short bits that can't be ridden by intermidiate riders. You'll need exta time to take lots os…
May 26, 2018
Tyler Erickson

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 22 votes

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in Red Canyon

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  4.7 from 22 votes
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in Red Canyon

#21

in Utah

#186

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This trail is amazing! Starting at Thunder Mountain trailhead and climbing the paved track is very easy. The trail is smooth and with excellent flowy rides all the time. From km 18 the scenery is amazing with the red rock formations - take your time to make lots of photos! The last section running out of the valley is excellent flow riding. For me one of the best trails in this area. Have fun! May 2, 2018

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