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 Post subject: Thunder Mountain !!!
PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:02 pm 
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If you ask me, a mostly xc guy, this is a most do ride for anyone that rides a mountain bike, at least ones.
Three years and about 40 pounds ago we rode this trail and I almost died, ok it felt like but this time I had such a great time riding it, it felt like a shorter trail and the climbing not as difficult this time, you are riding at about 6 to 8 thousand feet of elevation, is a 15.5 mile loop, some people shuttle it but we didn't, you climb over 2300 feet and drop just under 2000.
The trail is in the hard of the Red Canyon area near Bryce Canyon National Park.

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We park at the bottom of the trail and rode up the bike path along highway 12, this gradual climb is about 5 miles and then take a right at Coyote Hollow fireroad.
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We had some clouds at the start and quickly turned dark, then we heard thunder and before we know it the rain came.
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It started pouring down just at the time we found shelter at a vary convenient place :lol:
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We waited maybe a half an hour and the sky cleared for the rest of the day with almost perfect trail and weather conditions.

Tastytrails wanted to get romantic with the local girls but no luck :wink:
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The real fun begins.
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Is hard not to get distracted with this views.
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Near the top.
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And more views.
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Phil(tastytrails) was having fun for sure.
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Joey(stumpjumper4117) at a "classic" Thunder Mtn shot.
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Rodrigo climbing to the ridge.
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Can you tell Rodrigo is having fun?
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And more ridge riding.
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But all the good things have to end, so we start to go downhill.
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Yes, a shot with my bike on it :thumbsup:
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But Phil was still thinking about the local "girl". :lol:
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An amazing trail with great friends.

And just because, here are a couple of shots from near by.
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Good times :bang:


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Damn! Every shot is more beautiful than the next. We're going to spend a day in Bryce at the end of the month -- looks like I'll be missing my bike big time.

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Absolutely stunning, Baja.


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 Post subject: Re: Thunder Mountain !!!
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Damn! Every shot is more beautiful than the next. We're going to spend a day in Bryce at the end of the month -- looks like I'll be missing my bike big time.

Eric if you are going to Bryce Canyon YOU HAVE TO ride Thunder Mountain, do it.
If you can get someone to shuttle you it can be done in a couple of hours since you will eliminate the bikepath climb and the fireroad. The upper trailhead is only 2.5 miles off the highway 12 and the lower TH is right next to it, is only 8 miles one way on singletrack, you can't get lost, is very safe, as you know I'm an expert on riding next to exposure :lol: but seriously I would ride this trail alone at any time, if you go on a weekend there will be plenty of riders for sure.
Compromise, kiss ass or whatever you have to do but ride it.
Let me know if you want maps or more info, you'll thank me later :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Thunder Mountain !!!
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^^^ I'm using my bike-riding hall pass in Colorado, where we'll be staying for 4 days. I'll get to enjoy Bryce, I just won't be doing it on a bike since we're there for only 1 day.

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 Post subject: Re: Thunder Mountain !!!
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This place is definitely at the top of my list.

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 Post subject: Re: Thunder Mountain !!!
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Nice! That there is one of my favorite trails! thanks for sharing as always!

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 Post subject: Re: Thunder Mountain !!!
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bajamtnbkr wrote:
you climb over 2300 feet and drop just under 2000.

So what happened to the other 300ft?

Awesome pics Jose!

Did you have any trouble getting the mud off your bike? We got rained on there too a couple yrs ago, and that stuff hardened like cement.


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 Post subject: Re: Thunder Mountain !!!
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Some of the pictures look like paintings. Great stuff, glad you guys are having fun


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 Post subject: Re: Thunder Mountain !!!
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Did you have any trouble getting the mud off your bike? We got rained on there too a couple yrs ago, and that stuff hardened like cement.

There was hardly any mud at the fireroad and ones we hit the trail it was almost dry, maybe the warm air and weather helped us.


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 Post subject: Re: Thunder Mountain !!!
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A-M-A-Z-I-N-G ! I'm so jealous. This is definitely a destination for next year!

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Looks like a Disneyland ride! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Absolutely stunning pics !! Thanks for sharing. :cheers:

Classic Tracer among those bike's , awesome !!(sorry,but i'm Tracer addicted :oops: )


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 Post subject: Re: Thunder Mountain !!!
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Mudd wrote:
Looks like a Disneyland ride! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

That Disney ride is named after this trail but they have trains instead of bikes :wink:


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Fantastic pics! I don't know what it is about Bryce, but I never saw a bluer sky than I saw there. I gotta go back...with a bike this time!

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