Brian Head Singletrack Bike Trip | Utah
This trip is cream of the crop singletrack trails, with a diversity of riding that will astound you. The journey starts near the lava fields that have formed the high Markugunt Plateau and Navajo Lake, a crystal blue jewel tucked in an aspen covered valley. And you thought you'd have to go to Hawaii to ride through a lava field!
The swooping turns of the Virgin River Rim Trail will make you smile, until you see the views of the cliffs of Zion National Park. Then your jaw will drop. We'll travel to Brian Head Mountain where the trails are rocky, steep, switchbacked and good bike handling skills are a must.
We top off the trip with the Thunder Mountain Trail which snakes through the pink limestone cliffs that form the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. Awesome.
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After meeting up in St. Geroge, we will shuttle up to the high country to access extraordinary singletrack! After fueling up with a hearty lunch, we ride to the Thunder Mountain Trailhead where the singletrack winds in and out of orange limestone ridges covered in Bristlecone and Ponderosa pines. We top out with a spectacular view from Thunder Mountain which looks down on our descent! The trail carries us along knife edge ridges and through wild hoodoos. We’ll ride to camp along the Red Canyon Bicycle Trail. From camp we will have the option to head out to the Losee Canyon Trail for more! TOTAL MILEAGE: 15 miles AM,15 miles PM
After a delicious breakfast we’ll break camp and head for Strawberry Point and the start of the Virgin River Rim Trail (a truly exceptional trail)! This is a high point and the colorful pink rock of the rim forms sheer cliff faces that are often several hundred feet tall. The trail is fairly wide with challenging climbs and swooping descents, including a brilliant route along the rim. The trail surface is fairly smooth on the climbing portions and tends to be rockier on the ridgeline sections. After a few miles we we’ll wind up at Cascade Falls, an interesting geological phenomenon. Water from Navajo Lake runs underground in a lava tube before spilling out of the cliff face and forming the headwaters of the Virgin River. This river is responsible for carving the deep canyons of Zion. We’ll have lunch, a little siesta, and then head out for more. A strenuous climb along the rim returns us to the ridgeline and will place us atop the spectacularly eroded pink cliffs. A bit more riding will bring us to our camp for the next two nights at Navajo Lake. TOTAL MILEAGE: 21 miles
From our camp we will head back out on the Virgin River Rim Trail for another great day. We will ride through thick forests of Douglas fir and aspen meadows on rolling singletrack. We will be riding through prime turkey and deer habitat and our chances of encountering wildlife are very good. This section of trail is cut into the slopes of the Virgin River headwaters and contains many ups and downs, but the general trend is a contour. Upon reaching the Deer Haven Trailhead, we will shuttle back to Navajo Lake. Once at camp, we can either take a dip in the lake, or head out on the five star Navajo Lake Loop that cruises through the lava field which formed the lake several thousand years ago. The perfect ending for a perfect day! TOTAL MILEAGE: 13 miles AM, 10 miles PM
After a hearty breakfast we’ll load up and shuttle to the Brian Head resort area. The peak’s elevation is 11,307 feet and from the summit we will enjoy views in all directions, including Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks and Cedar Breaks National Monument. The trail traverses the ridge before we drop into the aspen and pine forest for a singletrack ride of a lifetime. The trail is technical with rocky sections, some loose gravel and tight switchbacks. Time to pay attention and enjoy! In the afternoon, our shuttle vehicle will take us up to Brian Head Peak again for more downhill singletrack riding on the Lowder Ponds Trail. The afternoon’s ride is less technical than the morning’s ride but still has some steep descents. The trail crosses a dry creek bed, alternating patches of forest and meadow and a small stream before heading south into the woods. The trail winds by small lakes, traverses several meadows and drops steeply into the forested west side of Sidney Valley. We’ll meet the dirt road here and climb two miles on the Sidney Valley Road to our high alpine camp above 10,000 feet. TOTAL MILEAGE: 12 miles AM, 8 miles PM
Today is the singletrack grand finale! After breakfast (and coffee!) and breaking down camp, we ride right from camp to the Right Fork of Bunker Creek Trail. As you start the gradual descent into Bunker Creek, look for the outstanding views of the desert landscape down below. Dropping into the drainage is where the fun begins. It’s an incredible singletrack descent (3,000 feet!) through the trees with a small stream crossing along the way. Be on your toes--there are a few steep and rocky sections that will test all of us. Near the bottom, the trail changes to two track, but it’s fast and fun. We’ll finish near Panguitch Lake, load up the bikes, and shuttle to the rim of Cedar Breaks National Monument for more beauty overload. We’ll take a short walk to enjoy the amazing views and then have a yummy lunch, sharing stories from the week. We’ll shuttle back to St. George and say our goodbyes. Hope to see you again! TOTAL MILEAGE: 9 miles
This is a technical singletrack trip at elevations between 7,000 and 11,000 feet. A high level of fitness and singletrack experience are necessary. We will be without vehicle support during all singletrack sections of the ride. Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, rider safety, and other factors which may affect the logistics of the adventure.
Riding Surface: Variable, mostly singletrack trails, some doubletrack trails and dirt roads, a few miles of pavement.
Overall Rating: Advanced
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Altitude: 7,000 - 11,000 feet
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