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6.6 mile 10.6 kilometer point to point
95% Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 604' 184 m
Descent: -796' -243 m
High: 4,795' 1,461 m
Low: 4,343' 1,324 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)

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Trail shared by Chuck McQuade

A one-way, shuttle tour that links some great tech and fast flowing trails.

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Overview

The route starts you with a climb to the high point over the re-route of the Thunder Mountain trail which is a work of beauty. Great features and armored berms make it a memorable climb.

The trail also has several lengthy flowing descents before you join into Teacup trail and continue your ride east towards the Jordan Trail system. Take a quick snack break at the Devil's Kitchen sink hole before finishing your day on the long, flowing descent on Adobe Jack.

Description

The route starts with a climb right off the bat on Lower Chimney Rock and Thunder Mountain. At the 0.5-mile mark, you'll see the Andante trail off to the right which can be used as an easier alternative if you're not psyched on the advanced nature of the Thunder Mountain trail, the two trails will meet up again around the 1.75-mile mark.

As for the Thunder Mountain trail, it is a fabulously challenging trail with tech and some nice flow segments over well-designed features and armored berms that make it a memorable trail. The final portion ends on a flowing descent into a slick rock wash feature where several trails intersect. Stay left at the different intersections looking for Teacup trail signs.

Here, you'll start another climb. After a short section, you'll see Upper Teacup head off to the left, it is unsigned but provides quick access to the very fun "bonus" downhill Middle Teacup. The downhill segment is unique taking you down a wash feature with several slick rock sections and some big drops. You'll be placed right back onto the main Teacup trail, where you'll be faced with a steep, nice downhill followed by some steep chunky tech sections.

The final segment of Teacup takes you down nice, fast flowing switchbacks before ending at a rough jeep road (Soldier Pass Road). Take a left onto the road then a quick right following the road. After a steep, loose section, the trail intersects with a few popular hiking trails. Take a right following slick rock for a short distance before coming to the Devil's Kitchen sink hole, a great place to take in the views and refuel before your final descent down Adobe Jack.

Adobe Jack begins just beyond the sink hole - look for the trail sign just to your south. A short distance in, you'll have one more trail intersection. Take a right to stay on Adobe Jack. Alternatively, you can go left to take Grand Central trail down, a short climb up Crusty trail will get you to the Adobe Jack parking lot.

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