Thunder Mountain

4.52 out of 5
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↑ 1,900 ft
↓ 1,800 ft

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Trail Description
About this trail
This trail can be done as a loop or if you have enough vehicles start ride at Coyote Hollow Trailhead parking.

Loop Directions
Starting from the Thunder Mountain TH (aprox 7100 ft., restrooms, parking) ride E on the paved trail that follows river (#113) for 5.4 miles then turn on to dirt road and follow it 2 miles through a small campground to Coyote Hollow parking (8050 ft., restrooms, parking). The Thunder Mountain single track (#098) starts here winding through forest canyons climbing and descending the same 250 ft many times for the next 3 miles. The trail gradually climbs to roughly 8300 ft at 10.5 miles from the start (awesome views!) and then starts a rapid decent past red cliffs & hoodoo�s, switchbacking down the canyons. Some technical stuff as the switchbacks are rather tight & steep and some of the trail is very narrow along ledges. At mile 14.2 and roughly 7300 ft you intersect with trail # 066, go right and the trail quickly turns into a 20 mph downhill scream on a forested single track back to the Thunder Mountain TH almost 2 miles later.
This is an awesome ride! However if you are like me and from near sea level it will quickly remind you that you are at 7-8000 ft as the air is pretty thin and the climbs can be pretty tough. Big kudo�s to the folks at the Dixie Forest dept (office in Panguitch, UT) for all the new signage and maintenance of the many trails in the area.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (22)

Granny Gear

April 25, 2017
Review: Thunder Mountain Trail - one of the few trails in Bryce Canyon National Park open to mountain biking - starts at 8,000 ft. elevation where it follows a wooded forest path for the first 1.5 miles. From there, you'll climb a series of steep switchbacks to a 8,300 ft. ridge overlooking Red Canyon to the north, Wilson Peak to the southeast, and the Sevier River Valley to the west. This trail rewards riders with amazing red rock Hudoo views and varied terrain. Parts of the trail can be challenging but, in general, it's not a difficult trail to ride, uncertain riders can always walk sections of the trail. One 100 yard section of Bryce Canyon's Thunder Mountain trail is only 5 feet wide; sheer 40 feet drop on both sides of the trail encourages riders to keep their balance and eyes directly on the path in front of them; unfortunate given the amazing 360 degree vistas. This Ridge is not for those know to suffer from vertigo. Once past the ridge, you'll descend around 1,000 ft. elevation on some fairly steep switchbacks. This is probably the most technical section of the trail - hairpin turns and 20 degree slopes are sure to get your adrenaline flowing. Assuming you survive the switchbacks, the final section is a fast rolling decent that is sure to put a smile on your face. At a total distance of 8.8 miles, Thunder Mountain isn't a very long ride; however, the breathtaking views will leave you speechless and wanting for another run. The trail is well maintained and marked; no worries of getting lost. During peak park season the trail can get a lot of bike traffic. Overall, I rate Bryce Canyon's Thunder Mountain bike trail 5 out of 5 stars. This truly unique area makes this destination worth the drive.

March 28, 2016
Review: Amazing scenery and a fun downhill to boot!


September 14, 2015
Review: This has to be one of my favorite rides. Not technically or aerobically demanding, but a lot of fun and the scenery is some of the most surreal you'll ever ride through. I did this in 2013 and there was absolutely no place to rent a bike with the exception of the Best Western at Ruby's Inn near the entrance to Bryce. These bikes were beat up old schwinn "mountain" bikes. Hardly any brakes, horrible tires, and gears that didn't work. But regardless of of our gear this was truly a remarkable ride!


May 18, 2015
dgw2jr Singletrack  
Review: This is a scenery ride no doubt. The actual riding is terrible. It's up and down the whole way until the last 2 miles. Half the trail tread is horse crap. The trail needs some serious maintenance due to the erosion and postholes caused by equestrians. Also, if you are allergic to bees, stay away in May. Blooming manzanita bushes attract them in droves!

I would never ride this trail again and I can easily see this trail falling off the list of Utah destination rides within the next 5 to 10 years.

Bunny Hop

January 25, 2015
Albiecrazy Bunny Hop  
Review: This is an absolutely stunning ride! You will climb, you will descend, you will see the most stunning scenery of your life! Prepare to work - at 8,200 ft your lungs will burn. I'm an East Coast rider and took this trail in reverse of the norm - Thunder Mountain Trail head to Coyote. The switchback/uphills at the beginning were brutal, but the downhills were fantastic. Seriously, every turn is scenic heaven and the technicalitly of the entire ride makes it 8 miles of bliss.


October 11, 2014
Review: Fun single track. Dusty and lots of loose rock. Lots of climbing.


March 23, 2014
Eric Foltz Doubletrack  
Review: This is a great trail but would be so much better if they could figure out a way to cut out the bike trail/fire road section and make it all singletrack. You'd have a hard time finding a more scenic ride. Bring a camera.

Similar Trail: Cassidy Trail

Bunny Hop

November 28, 2012
ByronV Bunny Hop  
Review: I had high expectations but was a bit disappointed. It is a really scenic trail but I had mistakenly thought that after an initial uphill it was a downhill blast all the way which it wasn't - it was up and down all the way except for the last couple of miles which were super fast. More of a scenery ride than a rider's ride I think.

Bunny Hop

September 25, 2012
bluejudad Bunny Hop  
Review: Stunningly scenic. Techy in areas. A bunch of ups and downs with high level switch backs. Only negative is the trail is shared with horses. Horses seem to be use it predominantly and they inevitably create loose soil and rocks. All in all... well worth a journey to ride it.

Similar Trail: I've not ridden a trail that compares.


March 10, 2012
Review: I enjoyed the scenery, but found that the trail was at times very loose with tight switchbacks, could use some serious trail maintenance.

Similar Trail: Hyperventilation, Fernie, B.C.

Thunder Mountain MTB Trail 4.52 out of 5 based on 22 ratings. 22 user reviews.
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