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Bunker Creek

Average Rating:    (4.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

Starts at just under 11000 ft, a one mile gentle climb to around 11,200 ft. The trail drops to around 7,500 ft over the next 10 miles. The top is fast and fairly smooth. The middle will satisfy the technical riders with ruts, switchbacks and water crossings. The bottom is doubletrack that is very fast and loaded with plenty of opportunity for catching some air.
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Latitude
37.68083151896963
Longitude
-112.83027648925781
Trail Directions
Park at Brian Head Peak. Take the Sidney Peaks trail past the Dark Hollow junction. Follow the single track and posted trail markers.
Trail Length
12 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Brian Head
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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
June 22, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: kAZ ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I don't have much to add to the previous reviews here, but I thought I'd add a bit of detail about the route since even the map on utahmountainbiking.com is a bit spare.

The sign at the beginning of the trail (near the parking area; btw, there is an outhouse there) only mentions Dark Hollow and Sidney Peaks. It says nothing about Bunker Creek. At that sign a single track trail heads up and that is indicated as the way to Dark Hollow and Sidney Peaks. Also at that sign a roughish dirt road heads off to the right. The single track is the way to get to the Bunker Creek trails.

It's a good couple of miles along the single track until you reach some trail splits and signs indicating directions to Dark Hollow, Lower Ponds, Sidney Peaks, and Bunker Creek. From here, we were finally comfortable that we were on the right track.

As others have noted, you eventually reach another split with signs indicated Bunker Creek Left Fork (veer to the right) and Right Fork (veer to the left). I had intended to take the easier route as I was riding with a 12 yr old and an 11 yr old, but I think I mistakenly took the harder (we veered right to take the Left Fork). Even presuming that we took the harder route, it wasn't so hard that the kids had to walk down anything (although there were some sections that slowed them to a crawl), but they did walk up some of the climbs (some of which occurred before the split to Dark Hollow et.al.)

The single track ends at a dirt road that has a sign indicating Panguitch Lake to the left; that's the way to go. From there it's a rather long, but fun and mostly downhill run all the way to the road (route 143).

Our ride picked us up there, but there is a trail that basically parallels the road (west of the road) that you take further down that eventually ends at the campground road and meets the highway just above the trading post.

After our 12 mile, 2.25 hr descent (the kids took it easy) we had a very welcome and surprisingly delicious burger at the Doggie Delight cook shack next to the trading post.

Just to say it, this is a super fun trail with terrain that varies between mellow treks through alpine meadows to rocky and rooty somewhat technical descents. There are some fabulous views at the top.

Recommended Route:
Um... see above.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Thunder Mountain, Navajo Lake



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Review Date
May 25, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: LNTScott ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a great trail for an intermediate level family. There is enough high elevation uphill to give your lungs a workout but the rewarding downhill is awesome! If you pay for a shuttle in Brian Head I recommend the front end shuttle. I set up a back end shuttle my first time out and we never connected at Panguitch Lake. The Brian Head shuttle also includes a chairlift ride to ride the ski area once. However, it must be done on the same day as the shuttle.

Recommended Route:
For a family ride I like the right fork (left trail). It is less technical than the left fork. Both forks are challenging enough to make it a worthwhile ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Thunder Mountain



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Review Date
September 9, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Cucucachu ,  Weekend Warrior , from South Florida

Summary:
If starting from Brian Head peak and wondering which direction to turn take Bunker Creek first. Then ride the others.

Recommended Route:
This trail rocks! I rode it twice while on a fully supported tour. First time down rode the Left Fork (to the right) the next time down rode the Right Fork (to the left). Just follow the signs. This trail offers cool technical stuff in the right fork, the left fork is a little smoother. If you like speed you'll love this trail. It has its smooth sections its rocky sections, its roller coast sections, its jumps and drops. And the best part "its almost all down hill!" Almost all up hill is fire road allowing you to rest between downhill runs. This trail will test your suspension, endurance and technical skill, but nothing to too technical to walk if you are a beginner. I give this trail an over rating of 5 for fun, and Dark Hollow is better!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dark Hollow, Blow Hard



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Review Date
October 12, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jones , from MA

Summary:
This trail kci kicks rectum. Very fast and furious. Not for weenies.

Recommended Route:
Listen. This guy is bonkers. The right fork is actually the left hand turn and the left fork is actually the right hand turn. Anyway, the left fork is the greatest much more technical than the right fork. The stuff on teh trail he describes to be on teh right fork is actually on the left and is much better than this wimp makes it seem.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
BLOW HARD



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Review Date
September 27, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Darrell McMillan , from Round Mountain, NV, USA

Summary:
Note: There are some more reviews of this trail listed under "Left Fork Bunker Creek".
Review: This is an incredible and fun trail. It starts near the top of Brianhead Mountain and involves a mile or two of fast rolling singletrack. At the end of the top section, you will come to a well marked fork in the trail. You can choose the left or right fork but they will join back together later on. The right fork is the smoother, faster line and the left fork, although still fast, has a few rock gardens and a log jump (with a bypass trail). On either fork you will wind your way down through stands of Aspen trees until you get to a dirt road. Then it's an all out blazing fast descent to the highway with lots of water bars to jump along the way. Watch for ATV's and motorcycles on the dirt road. We raced a couple motorcycles to the bottom, they lost. It was great. It takes just under an hour to get to the bottom regardless of which fork you take. Try it, you'll like it.

Recommended Route:
The description at the top is accurate except that it's 11.5 miles. There are 2 forks you can take that merge back together after a few miles. Despite what people working in local bike shops might say, the left hand fork is way more technical than the right.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dark Hollow & Blowhard Mountain



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