7.7 miles
Distance
751 ft
Climb
-1,741 ft
Descent
01:40:56
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Thunder Mountain Trail

  • USFS
    Land Manager

Thunder Mountain Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Red Canyon
    Panguitch, Utah
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (8 votes)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #475 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in Trail Running
    • 85 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback

Thunder Mountain Trail is best known for its amazing scenery reminiscent of its neighbor Bryce Canyon. If you have ever wanted to ride terrain like Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks, this is the place. Red rock and smooth singletrack mixed in with some loose technical sections. Bring your camera
This trail is shared with horses. Please give them the right of way and plenty of room.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Thunder Mountain mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -992 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,083 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,271 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,075 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,083 ft
  • Grade
    -2.4%
  • Grade max
    -58.5%
  • Grade min
    30.9%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,323 ft
  • Avg time
    01:40:56
  • Avg reverse time
    00:59:42
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Status:
on Jul 6, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 4.75 (53 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Thunder Mountain Trail Reports

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      Jul 6, 2021 @ 5:52am
      Jul 6, 2021
      After the recent rains Thunder Mountain was near perfection; almost no blown out sandy areas. I’ve ridden all over and Thunder Mountain is one...
      Jul 2, 2021 @ 5:07am
      Jul 2, 2021
      Fresh rain on June 30th and July 1st. Dirt was excellent! Get out early, it gets hot fast. I would also wait to ride it until after rain. I can...
      Jun 20, 2021 @ 5:16pm
      Jun 20, 2021
      Still super dry with moon dust covering lose rock. Needs a bit o rain
      Jun 5, 2021 @ 8:48am
      Jun 5, 2021
      Forestry crew was doing some grooming work about mid trail on a steep climb/descent. Should help with some of the loose powder.
      May 26, 2021 @ 10:54pm
      May 26, 2021
      Very dry and significant moon dust. Loose baseball size rocks in places. Switchbacks are really starting to erode. Fast downhill section at the...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 7 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 286 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,213 rides
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      Jan 9, 2018 @ 6:07pm
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      Nov 4, 2011 @ 11:21pm
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      16 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      nomit (Apr 30, 2016 at 22:15)
       One of the best trails I've ridden. Incredible views, uniqueness and flows really well. Enough uphill to keep you honest and keep it from being shuttled like crazy via the highway.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      BrokenHandlebar PHP (Oct 18, 2016 at 15:26)
       October 18, 2016-Thunder Mtn is very dry. A fair amount of small baby heads on some of the tougher switchbacks.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      norcalspeeddemon (Jun 13, 2017 at 7:13)
       Unreal views! If you are a mountain biker ride this trail instead of going to sightsee nearby Bryce. This has 90% of the views of the national park, less crowds and is a blast to bike through. Even better if you have someone to shuttle you
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      LainaDoll (Feb 14, 2018 at 10:59)
       What is the best direction to ride this?
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      jb56chevy (Oct 26, 2019 at 9:26)
       Top to Bottom. Ride up the road and down the dirt
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      dhc8driver (Apr 28, 2018 at 6:47)
       Super scenic, dry on 4/27/18.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Dunhamjay15 (May 19, 2018 at 21:20)
       Great trail i was puckered up but it eas fun for every square inch of the trail
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      qm7 (Sep 29, 2019 at 20:58)
       This was one of the best rides I have done! It was technical in part and flowy in others.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Scotchbrz (Mar 26, 2020 at 19:44)
       Dogs allowed??
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      gjames4 (Apr 1, 2020 at 10:32)
       Awesome scenery, the downhill half was fun. I went in March, which was far too early. Maybe in May more snow will be melted and it’ll be ready to ride.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Mikeehale (May 25, 2020 at 7:36)
       A hidden gem and ABSOLUTE must ride.....
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      bretedge (May 31, 2020 at 7:50)
       We rode it yesterday. Lives up to the hype but trail is totally blown out. Also, the Bryce 100 foot race was held the same day and the trail was crazy busy. Would recommend early season or after a good rain. Super fun and scenic ride though.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      WBott (Jun 14, 2020 at 15:31)
       We were told to do this by some fellow campers/riders. Did not disappoint! Awesome trail. Got a little of everything.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      mikeberry41 (Jul 21, 2020 at 13:00)
       Most favorite trail I've ridden. The big descent is really washed out; I walked it since I was riding alone and didn't want the risk. East to west, and then the trail path back East is the best way to make a loop.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Bradensuds (Nov 25, 2020 at 17:06)
       Absolutly amazing trail. The scenery is like no where else inhave ridden before, trails were in great shape. Some tech, some flow and just enough climb to keepnyoubho est but not take away from the beauty of the ride!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      birdondewire (Dec 6, 2020 at 16:16)
       Super classic and unique ride through some really beautiful country! Amazing, flowy line! Fairly easy and non-technical for a black.
      [Reply]

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