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
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
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
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