Distance
23.29 km
Ascent
578 m
Descent
578 m
Peak
2,527 m
Difficulty
Intermediate
Duration
2-4 hrs
Thunder Mountain Loop

Overview

Thunder Mountain Loop is signature trail in the area of Red Canyon, just near Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. This is a 23-km moderately trafficked loop offering impressive scenery and a fantastic riding experience.

This loop is a wonderful and fun mix of everything: quick climbs, nice downhills, rocky stretches, and many more to explore. Rated as intermediate, the trail is suitable for many skill levels, and is best used during April to November.

Time to enjoy the beauty of rock formations and solitude above the hills.

Terrain

The trail is mainly on singletrack, but there is also a part that runs on paved roads. The initial stretch is a slow ascent with good climbs. It then gets a bit steeper and when you descend, there will be some switchbacks.

Access

The trail has clear access from Red Canyon Campground.

Food and drink

Pack all your water in because there aren’t any springs along the trail. The trailhead has a restroom, but no water also.

More details

The trail starts from the Red Canyon Campground along SB12, then you can ride the paved bike trail to Coyote Hollow. Begin the loop at the Coyote Hollow TH. The first ascent is fairly easy and is considered a nice warm-up before rocking the main trail.

The trail starts with an up and down track and a few climbs, but all are very doable in the right gears. In the middle of the ride, it gains some more level with magnificent views and steep climbs.

Ready for several sharp switchbacks when going downhill. The last one-mile exciting downhill will throw you right back into the Red Canyon Campground.

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Sightseeing
Commuter
Rail Trail
Gravel
Various
EPIC Ride
Fitness Level:
Low
Medium
High
Ultra Fit
Various
Terrain:
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
On-Road
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Double Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Off-Road
Gravel Road
Trail Signage:
Excellent
Good
Average
Poor
Non Existant
Mobile Coverage:
Excellent
Good
Limited
Nil
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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