5 miles
Distance
274 ft
Climb
-2,417 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point
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Thunder MTN DH Details

  • Riding Area
    Kirkwood Mountain Resort
    Kirkwood, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #4653 in Mountain Biking
  • Land Manager
    USFS

This trail is usually open from from June until the first big storm in late October. It can access from the Thunder mountain trail head and can be looped by riding up the castle rock trail on the North side of 88. This a difficult dh that starts off with flowing single track on loose small rocks and then gets chunky and technical for the last 2/3. One of the longer and more technical downhills in the region.

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More Stats for Thunder MTN DH bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,143 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,160 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,303 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,160 ft
  • Grade
    -8.578%
  • Grade max
    -51.433%
  • Grade min
    31.81%
  • Distance climb
    3,446 ft
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,277 ft
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Status:
on Nov 11, 2018
Dry
Avg: 5 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
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  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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

  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • 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
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Directions to thunder-mtn-dh trailhead (38.677840, -120.084180)
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Thunder MTN DH Trail Reports

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Nov 11, 2018 @ 6:56pm
Nov 11, 2018
A few downed trees, but absolutely ripping right now. Get it while it's still good.
Nov 6, 2018 @ 2:59pm
Nov 6, 2018
Downed tree across the trail past the rock garden sections. Otherwise dry but in good shape.
Jun 12, 2018 @ 6:28pm
Jun 12, 2018
Cleaned up and clear. Downed trees have been sawed out. Trail has been swept. Brush trimmed back. Go rip!
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Nov 6, 2018 @ 2:50pm
Nov 6, 2018
Thunder MTN DH, My City
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Nov 28, 2017 @ 8:55pm
Nov 28, 2017
Thunder MTN DH, El Dorado Hills
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Nov 28, 2017 @ 8:53pm
Nov 28, 2017
Thunder MTN DH, El Dorado Hills
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Nov 28, 2017 @ 8:53pm
Nov 28, 2017
Thunder MTN DH, El Dorado Hills

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2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag whoisadam (Jul 23, 2018 at 11:09)
 An amazing Gem of a trail. One of the most beautiful climbs I have ever done and the downhill is a hoot. Fast flowy parts through wild flowers at the top with epic views, then tons of technical rocks garden through the forest. I posted a video of the trail in the VIDEO TAB. This is probably my favorite ride in the Kirkwood area. I found this more fun than the Silver Fork DH trail but the rocks gardens slightly easier than Silver Fork DH.
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  • + 1
flag backyardadventuregirl (Aug 15, 2018 at 18:18)
 This ride is definitely better done by riding up Castle Rock and then up Thunder Mountain to the top and then back down. Can do the last .5 miles as a hike or a bike. The Thunder Mountain DH section of the loop is chewed up. It looks like it gets a lot of horse use so there are lots of loose rocks in-between the larger rock drops. Disappointing but we'll definitely do it the other way some time.
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