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Thunder Mountain

Average Rating:    (4.81 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 21

If possible, ride this trail from the upper trailhead to the lower trailhead, with a car shuttle back. Several sections of the trail are virtually unrideable in the uphill direction. However, riding the trail as a loop will be somewhat more interesting when the ATV trail paralleling US 12 up Red Canyon is completed. From the upper trailhead the Thunder Canyon trail proceeds as singletrack from approximately 8000 feet to 8300 feet through a series of dips and climbs offering a good aerobic workout. Technical difficulty on this section is only moderate, but the scenery is great and the trail is well maintained. The later half of the trail offers greater technical diversity including one rocky descent and two sections of precipitous, tight switchbacks.
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Latitude
37.73895579338813
Longitude
-112.30430603027344
Trail Directions
From Panguitch - US89 south 7 miles, turn left on UT 12. About two miles up Red Canyon stop at the visitor's center (on your left) and pick up a map of Thunder Mountain and other local trails. The western/lower trailhead is on the south side of the US 12 just as you enter Red Canyon. For the upper trailhead proceed up Red Canyon for 5 miles, turn right on unmarked dirt road opposite Tom Best road. Proceed 2 miles to the Coyote Hollow trailhead.
Trail Length
8 miles (not including shuttle)
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Panguitch
   


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Review Date
March 24, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: JohnMuirJr. ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Wow! This was by far the best trail I have ridden. The terrain was diverse and exciting, ranging from steep and rocky switchbacks to long and flowy ridges. The in and out of drainages towards the beginning was fun, but once it entered the hoodoos, it became spectacular. My dad and I loved it so much we rode it twice... in the same day! We rode from Red Canyon Campground the first time, however hitched a ride up the second time.

Recommended Route:
Just follow the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Casto Canyon, Lossee Canyon, Dark Hollow Trail, Virgin River Rim Trail, and EVERYTHING else!



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Review Date
November 17, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: JP Nuts ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode trail today after a recent melt freeze snow dump. Riders rode maybe last weekend rode 5" of dry snow, I had melt freeze ice on their tracks and crunchy snow elsewhere. Oh and melt freeze mud. The shi*s. Even the dirt road to the upper TH was melt freeze that just sucks energy out. Talked to info guy @ USFS station in Panguitch, he said should have problems w/ snow in shaded spots. He didn't get the freeze thaw mud. I spent more time slithering a bike than slipping biking. My bad for riding and hoping for maybe frozen dirt. Glad i rode the trail 2 years ago to have a great memory during dry conditions.



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Review Date
June 28, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: rpalmer ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a special trail. The only ones like it on earth are right here in and around Red Canyon, so if you want a totally unique biking experience that you won't have anywhere else, you'll find it here and you will come back as often as opportunity allows. We started this ride at the parking lot at the bottom of Red Canyon and rode up the paved trail to the gravel road at the top that leads to the trailhead. Getting up there is a pleasant ride, obviously not too technical or steep but its a great warmup for the singletrack and the scenery is spectacular. Once you hit singletrack it moves fast. Even the uphill sections go by fast because you can carry so much momentum into them from the downhills and none of the uphill sections are particularly steep or long, except for one fairly stiff climb from the random outhouse built about halfway along the trail to the top of Thunder Mountain. Its all rideable, but if you are still getting in shape you might need to walk parts here and there. From the top of Thunder Mountain, the good stuff starts with a stop at White Point with a fantastic Bryce Canyon-like view of the bliss you are about to enjoy on two wheels. The singletrack threads through the hoodoos hundreds of feet below and on a clear day you can see halfway across the state. The trail winds around on the ridges above the hoodoo playground for a while, really fun stuff, and then you drop down a section of precarious switchbacks, most of which are easily rideable but with a costly penalty for failure. Once through the switchbacks you'll have a lot of up-and-down winding through the hoodoos -- you'll think you're on Mars because nowhere else on Earth looks like this, it is very surreal, and the trail is great. My favorite part of the trail is a 200 yard long spine of rock with hundreds-of-feet deep drop offs on both sides, but the trail is so smooth and sweet that you never think twice about riding it (even my super safety conscious dad in his 50s had no trouble). Then there are a few more switchbacks, followed by a very long and rewarding section of downhill madness. It goes fast and is very smooth. Trust it and you will enjoy it.

Recommended Route:
Park at Red Canyon trailhead right in front of the "Red Canyon" sign. The forest service sign for Thunder Mountain trailhead is spelled wrong (I'll let you discover the mistake yourself). Ride up the paved bike trail to the first maintained dirt road taking off to the right once you climb out of the canyon onto the plateau. The road will lead to the trailhead and dead end there. Follow the singletrack all the way back to the bottom of Red Canyon.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cassidy Trail, Casto Canyon, Losee Trail



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Review Date
July 25, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bike-wrench ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
WOW...what a ride! Perfect "short" climbing bursts; each one followed by a quick flat sprint, then a rocky downhill, then a right hand curving burm, then the climb again...you do that over and over about 8 or 9 times, then you get to the top. It's a very gradual elevation gain. Not lungbusters, just perfect. Not too much of anything to tire you out. Plenty of shade from the beautiful Ponderosa Pine forests, and breathtaking views! About 6 VERY tight turned switchbacks in mile 6.5 of 8.

The soil was hard-packed with a light covering of loose dirt. Plenty of little jumps--man, I could go on and on. I've been riding for 16 years, in 9 states and 2 foreign countries...and I'd have to say I've enjoyed this one the most! Did "MOAB" 2 months ago, but honestly I got more pure singletrack enjoyment out of Thunder Mountain than all of Moab!

Recommended Route:
When you get there and you're tired from driving but still want to ride, try it counterclockwise. It's a very gradual 1.5 mile uphill, then turn around and blast it all away in about 10 minutes!

We camped at the Red Canyon campground, and you can ride the paved path to any of the trailheads. On July 21st, it was only 86 during the day, and a chilly 52 at night! (Bring sweat pants and a fleece if you're in a tent).

For the "ride", go clockwise. The visitor's center says to park at the Coyote Hollow parking area on Rt. 12, but it looked like you could possibly park 1.5 miles into the dirt road at the Equestrian Camp. I dunno...might save that initial 1.5 mile dirt road ride to get to the trail--you'll need you strength!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Losee Canyon Trail, Casto Trail, Rich Trail



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Review Date
May 21, 2009

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: moabax ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Decided to finally get down to Red Canyon to do some riding over the weekend. Rode this trail from the top down the parking lot then back up the bike road to the top. First I thought that riding from the top down we would only a little uphill. There was quite a bit of uphill for the first 3 miles but it is all in small bursts with a refreshing short downhill after. You do this several times before finally riding across the top of the mountain ridge to get to the top of thunder mountain. The veiws from the top are amazing and you should stop and take in all you can. From the top you get a great technical downhill section with alot of switchbacks and steep drops. The final 2 miles are a relaxing and FAST, very FAST. You need to be careful riding this trail because the views will keep you from looking at where you are going. This was for sure one of the best epic rides I have done and highly recomend it to anyone who plans to visit the area.

Recommended Route:
Start at the top near the fremont trail and access Coyote hollow. From there just follow the thunder Mountain trailhead wich is clearly marked. Ride all the way to the bottom then follow the 2 lane paved bike road back to the top.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cassidy and Lossee trails.



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