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Losee Canyon Thunder Mountain

Average Rating:    (4.82 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

Access Losee Canyon by riding back along route 12 the way you came for about a quarter mile. Turn right onto a dirt road that is signed Losee and Casto canyons. Two miles later look for a treed trailhead on the right. There are hitches for horses and a pit toilet. Ride up Losee for 3 miles to a junction. Turn right towards Red Canyon and climb out to the mesa top. You'll descend from the mesa out onto the pink and red dirt again and meet another junction. Go left. Descend to Red Canyon road. Ride up the road (east) to the top of the plateau and turn right onto a dirt road signed "Fremont ATV, Great Western trail". Follow the road a couple miles to an obvious trailhead. Seven or eight miles later you end the ride at your car or truck.
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Latitude
37.74574303801684
Longitude
-112.34481811523438
Trail Directions
From SLC, take I-15 south, route 20 to Panguitch. From Panguitch take 89 about 4-5 miles south, turn left onto route 12 toward Red Canyon. About a mile later at the mouth of Red Canyon park at a paved pullout with a signboard on the right.
Trail Length
19 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Panguitch
   


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Review Date
October 26, 2008

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: panchosdad ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
We rode Thunder Mountain from the trailhead at the bottom, riding first up the bike path to the ATV trail, then down Thunder mountain. It's a great ride, smooth up and down single track the first 4 miles or so, then some steep switchbacks down, and finally a big chainring bomb out the Grandview trail. Great ride, the switchbacks were intimidating for me, but my wife rode almost all of them. I recommend riding up the bike path rather than out and back as the switchbacks would be really tough going up.

Next day we rode from the Red Canyon trailhead out the Cassidy trail, then on to the Losee/Casto junction. We then went up towards Casto, but turned around at the top of the first climb, and went all the way back down Losee. Really great ride, amazing scenery and fun, varied riding. Just a couple technical sections on the descent from Cassidy into Casto, most of the rest fun intermediate technical single track. World class just as the Utah mountain bike site says. If I were to do it again I'd start at Red Canyon, drop down Losee, go up Casto and then ride Cassidy back to Red Canyon for a long single track ride.



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Review Date
April 23, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Krit-5 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Find a map to see how to get to Losee Canyon tr hd. Easy to find...read other reviews to see... Once at the tr...hd up a nice meander thru Ponderosas and hoodoos..beautiful...lots of horse traffic..that's why you go up Losee and hook left on Cassidy Tr. over to Casto Canyon and down...or in our case..up .. then down..

Recommended Route:
What a hoot. Esp. Cassidy trail..technical, view and singletrack at its best...a very cool trail. When we got to the intersect with Casto . we went up even more and found a rarely used section off the left side after we hit 2-track. This proved to also be a gas as it was whoop-d-doos and carvy track thru the trees..then suddenly spit back onto Casto down...if you can find this route..takes a little tr.routing and instinct to find but well worth..And then finish off with the rest of Casto down ... redrocks, More big pines, hoodoos .. killer! Once you hit 2-track @ bottom of Casto, hook a left and ride back to the car/truck..

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Anything over at Brain Dead...some of the best downhills around.
(Brian Head)



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Review Date
May 12, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: April , from Redwood City,ca

Summary:
Scenary, scenary, more scenary!!! The view in both canyons are just out of this world! And even more rare are great scenary combined with fun single track riding! We rode Casto Canyon in, the riding is easy for the most part. Finding the connection to Cassiddy trail takes some doing. But once found, it's great fun of small ups-and-downs. Don't miss the side trip to the Casto Canyon overlook about a mile into Cassidy trail. It makes for a perfect lunch spot also, complete with an outhouse. Cassidy trail is reasonably challenging. It was windy and snowy when we rode in in MAY! So be prepared. The cruise down Losee Canyon brings ear-to-ear smile to our tired face...

Recommended Route:
Casto Canyon in, connect to Cassidy Trail to Losee Canyon out.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Thunder Mountain



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Review Date
November 14, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Please Select

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Reviewed by: Jon , from Draper

Summary:
See the above.

Recommended Route:
Don't do both these rides as one ride, break them up into two rides and avoid all the road riding.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cassidy Trail



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Review Date
February 25, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mike and Brandon , from Sandy, UT

Summary:
We rode only the bottom part of Casto Canyon. That far it is a great introduction to single track for the kids. The scenery is fantastic. We can't wait to go back and ride more. Every year the kids get bigger and can ride harder and harder trails, if Dad can keep up. Our 11 year old daughter/sister loved it.
We rode Thunder Mountain 1 way, downhill. The altitude and climbs still provided a good workout. It is one of our favorite trails. The challenge, scenery, and singletrack are fabulous! We rode it on Labor Day, 2001 and only saw 3 other people (3 ladies hiking)! There are some loose areas next to steep drops that make this trail better suited to intermediate riders who have good balance. We think most 13 year olds with some trail experience could ride it. The climbs will burn your legs, the altitude will test your lungs, and the views are just what you need to revive your soul and remind you of why we do this. Ride it! You won't be disappointed! Slickrock is still our favorite, but this is a very close second and it's cool in the summer! The Panguitch/Bryce Canyon/Cedar Breaks area makes a great biking destination. Have Fun!

Recommended Route:
We rode Casto from the bottom (west end). We rode Thunder Mountain from the Coyote Trailhead down to Red Canyon Trailhead.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Powell Point, Virgin Rim



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