8 miles
Distance
1,019 ft
Climb
-2,013 ft
Descent
01:34:07
Avg time
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Thunder Mountain Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Red Canyon
    Panguitch, Utah
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • 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 [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

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

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More Stats for Thunder Mountain mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -994 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,080 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,291 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,077 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,083 ft
  • Grade
    -2.435%
  • Grade max
    -39.996%
  • Grade min
    23.179%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,901 ft
  • Avg time
    01:34:07
  • Avg reverse time
    00:05:03
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Status:
on Apr 1, 2020
Snow Covered
Avg: 4.75 (36 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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  • > 80%
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  • < 50%
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  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
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  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Thunder Mountain Trail Reports

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      Apr 1, 2020 @ 10:34am
      Apr 1, 2020
      Bottom half is dry if you want to ride that, top is covered in snow.
      Oct 20, 2019 @ 10:23am
      Oct 20, 2019
      Sep 27, 2019 @ 10:44am
      Sep 27, 2019
      Lot of up for a little down. Pretty and probably the best around but very x country if you are looking for a real black look elsewhere. Not sure...
      Aug 12, 2019 @ 6:19pm
      Aug 12, 2019
      The trail is in great shape. BTW an awesome ride one of my new favorites!
      Jul 18, 2019 @ 4:18pm
      Jul 18, 2019
      Super fun trail, the climbing at first seemed endless but the descents, especially the wide open last part, made it totally worth it!
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 93 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      All
      • 537 rides
      •  

      Photos

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      Jan 18, 2020 @ 1:37pm
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      214 |
      Jan 9, 2018 @ 6:07pm
      Jan 9, 2018
      1,057 |
      Nov 4, 2011 @ 11:21pm
      Nov 4, 2011
      | 1 comments

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      10 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag 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
      flag 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
      flag 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
      flag LainaDoll (Feb 14, 2018 at 10:59)
       What is the best direction to ride this?
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag jb56chevy (Oct 26, 2019 at 9:26)
       Top to Bottom. Ride up the road and down the dirt
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag dhc8driver (Apr 28, 2018 at 6:47)
       Super scenic, dry on 4/27/18.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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
      flag 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
      flag Scotchbrz (Mar 26, 2020 at 19:44)
       Dogs allowed??
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag 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]

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