Cedar City Mountain Biking Trails + Info

Cedar City Trails

Click Here for the Cedar City Mountain Bike Trail Map including: Iron Hills Trail System, Three Peaks Mountain Bike Trail System & Thunderbird Canyons Trail System.

Iron Hills Trail System

Iron Hills Trail System provides multiple riding experiences from beginner to advanced. This trail system provides two shuttle options for those who like to ride downhill. You can shuttle to the Greens Lake Trailhead or the “C” Overlook Trailhead.

“C” Trail
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DIFFICULT / ADVANCED | 4.5 MILES | SUMMER – FALL | POINT TO POINT | MAP

“C” Trailhead: Take exit 57 on I-15 and head northeast on Main St. Turn right/east on 820 South Access Rd. Travel east (0.5 mi) to 300 east and turn right/south onto the dirt road and travel (0.25 mi) south to the trailhead. No restroom or drinking water available at this trailhead.
“C” Overlook Trailhead: Take exit 59 on I-15 and head east on Utah Highway 56 / 200 North (1 mi). Turn right/south on Main St. (0.2 mi). Turn left/east onto UT-14 / Center Street (4.9 mi). Turn right/south onto Right Hand Canyon / Kolob Reservoir Rd. (4.3 mi). “C” Overlook will be on the right hand side. No restroom or drinking water available at this trailhead.

Green Hollow
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MODERATE TO DIFFICULT / INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED | 2.5 MILES | SPRING, SUMMER & FALL | POINT TO POINT | MAP

Trailhead: Take exit 57 on I-15 and head east on Main St. Turn right on Old Highway 91 which will bend to the south. Take a left onto Greens Lake Dr. and drive to the end of the pavement. Continue east 1.5 miles on the gravel road to the trailhead which will be on the left. No restroom or drinking water available at this trailhead.

Lichen It
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EASY / BEGINNER | 2.8 MILES | SPRING, SUMMER & FALL | POINT TO POINT | MAP

Lichen It is a broad smooth trail with a gentle rate of climb. It’s suitable for beginning riders. The trail has two-way traffic.

Please do not use the trail if it is wet and soft. During the winter, only ride early in the morning after a hard freeze. Try to be off the mountain before things get muddy, start by 8:00 am to 9:00 am (depending on your riding speed).

Just 1/10 mile from the trailhead, Lava Flow joins on your right. Keep left on Lichen It. (Lava Flow is a one-direction bikes-only flow trail. Do not enter from downhill.) Lichen it will be your path to upper-mountain riding as the trail system is built up. The trail will meander back and forth across the face of the mountain as it climbs the west-facing slope. The rate of climb is consistently easy.
The surface is 100% dirt with no tricky stuff. The juniper trees are spaced widely enough to allow frequent views to the west. At mile 2.8 from the trailhead, at an altitude of 6550 feet, Lichen It ends (2015). But if you continue straight ahead, you’ll be on the advanced-level Lava Flow trail. Kids and beginners should turn around and descend Lichen It to the trailhead.

Trailhead: Take exit 57 on I-15 and head east on Main St. Turn right on Old Highway 91 which will bend to the south. Take a left onto South Shurtz Canyon Dr which will dead end at the Southview Trailhead. Restroom and drinking water available at this trailhead.

Lava Flow
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MODERATE TO DIFFICULT / INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED | 1.8 MILES | SPRING, SUMMER & FALL | POINT TO POINT | MAP

Lava Flow downhill trail is a direct continuation from Lichen It at N37 38.342 W113 04.626. Two miles long, Lava Flow will return you to the trail fork near the bottom of Lichen It.

The beginning of Lava Flow is marked with a temporary sign, 2.8 miles uphill from the trailhead. The trail surface immediately becomes more technical with rock slabs of sandstone, basalt, and granite. There’s still a bit of climbing during the first part of Lava Flow. You’ll notice the pitches are a bit more taxing than Lichen It, but still not too tough.

After a quarter mile, the trail will reach a top altitude of 6550 feet before turning downhill. Lava Flow will now drop 500 vertical feet in 1.8 miles. The pitch is never spooky. There’s a bit of bouncy rock here and there, but much of the descent is on smooth dirt. Although rated as an advanced trail, tech sections are short and seem very do-able by an experienced intermediate rider. After the first half-mile bound southwest, Lava Flow turns to the northwest and descends fairly directly without much winding back and forth. The trail has a bit of gentle undulation, some of which has been put to use for tabletop jumps. (For those who don’t know, tabletops are broad bumps with a flat top, and are easily rolled over by lower-speed riders.) Turns have a high berm for fast riding. In 2015, many of them have soft soil. So I’d suggest you not get too rad with rolling the berms until they’ve had the winter to soak up water and compact. There are some A/B lines on the descent. Most are easily scout-able on the fly as you approach them from uphill. None of the stunts required going airborne, although you could if you wanted.

Trailhead: Take exit 57 on I-15 and head east on Main St. Turn right on Old Highway 91 which will bend to the south. Take a left onto South Shurtz Canyon Dr which will dead end at the Southview Trailhead. Restroom and drinking water available at this trailhead.

Three Peaks Recreation Area Mountain Bike Trail System

A 19 mile mountain bike trail system runs throughout the complex and is often used for competitions like the Utah Summer Games. The Three Peaks Trail system has lots to offer for beginning, intermediate, and advanced riders. Single-track loops of varying lengths, technical rock, and wooden bridges.

Three Peaks Loop
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MODERATE TO DIFFICULT / INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED |
5.76 MILES | SPRING & FALL | LOOP | MAP

This advanced ride with up-and-down riding equal to about 1,000 feet of climbing. There are some technical stunts such as Double-take Drop, and some very interesting granite slickrock on the south side. The granite is worth mentioning: This fine-grained pink granite presents a riding surface you won’t find elsewhere in Utah. The traction is good enabling riders to make moves on the granite that can’t be done on sandstone.

Trailhead: Take exit 57 on I-15 and go west on 200 North / Highway 56 to Lund Highway. Take a right onto Lund Highway heading north. In approx 5.4 miles turn left onto Midvalley Rd. heading west approx. 3.1 miles to a dirt parking lot where the trailhead is. Restroom and drinking water available at this trailhead.

Big Hole Loop
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MODERATE / INTERMEDIATE | 3.04 MILES | SPRING & FALL | LOOP | MAP

The Big Hole Loop is an upper-intermediate ride with about 500 feet of climbing. The route follows single track below a rock-quarry area on the far side of the mountain. A slightly shorter and easier upper route (used for racing) follows double track above the quarry.

Trailhead: Take exit 57 on I-15 and go west on 200 North / Highway 56 to Lund Highway. Take a right onto Lund Highway heading north. In approx 5.4 miles turn left onto Midvalley Rd. heading west approx. 3.1 miles to a dirt parking lot where the trailhead is. Restroom and drinking water available at this trailhead.

Race Course Loop
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MODERATE / INTERMEDIATE | 3.79 MILES | SPRING & FALL | LOOP | MAP

The race course trail has the best of everything for a mountain bike enthusiast. There are hill climbs, technical areas, sandy terrain and steep downhill portions on this trail, which is almost exclusively single track. This is an intermediate trail with technical portions, but beginners can manage nicely if they walk a couple of very short rocky side-tilted areas on the trail.

Trailhead: Take exit 57 on I-15 and go west on 200 North / Highway 56 to Lund Highway. Take a right onto Lund Highway heading north. In approx 5.4 miles turn left onto Midvalley Rd. heading west approx. 3.1 miles to a dirt parking lot where the trailhead is. Restroom and drinking water available at this trailhead.

Lost World
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MODERATE / INTERMEDIATE | 0.77 MILES | SPRING & FALL | POINT-TO-POINT | MAP

This trail consists mainly of wider track riding and has very few technical areas. It is the only one of the five trails that is not a loop trail, but by connecting with the Practice Loop or the Race Course Loop can be turned into a longer loop trail.

Trailhead: Take exit 57 on I-15 and go west on 200 North / Highway 56 to Lund Highway. Take a right onto Lund Highway heading north. In approx 5.4 miles turn left onto Midvalley Rd. heading west approx. 3.1 miles to a dirt parking lot where the trailhead is. Restroom and drinking water available at this trailhead.

Practice Loop
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EASY / BEGINNER | 1.58 MILES | SPRING & FALL | LOOP | MAP

This is a beginner trail that given the novice mountain bike rider a chance to practice all the necessary skills before heading out on longer more technical trails. There are instructional signs along the trail to assist the rider in improving their skill set. Uphill, downhill and sand riding will be experienced on this trail.

Trailhead: Take exit 57 on I-15 and go west on 200 North / Highway 56 to Lund Highway. Take a right onto Lund Highway heading north. In approx 5.4 miles turn left onto Midvalley Rd. heading west approx. 3.1 miles to a dirt parking lot where the trailhead is. Restroom and drinking water available at this trailhead.

Nearby Forest Service Trails

Blowhard Trail
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DIFFICULT / ADVANCED | 10 MILES | JUNE THRU FALL | POINT-TO-POINT | MAP

The trail follows power-line and ridge spine through a mixed conifer stand, then drops sharply eventually entering a stand of Bristlecone pine and red ridge looking into Cedar Breaks National Monument and Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area. View includes a spectacular look at the red rock of the Wasatch Formation. The trail follows close to the rim edge and offers many beautiful sites. It continues downhill through mature stands of spruce, fir, ponderosa, and eventually into aspen before it ends at the junction of Potato Hollow Trail, in Long Hollow. and Cedar Breaks National Monument. Shuttle recommended.

Trailhead: From Cedar City, travel east U-14 to junction of State Road U-148, (Cedar Breaks Road). Follow U-148 north 1.5 miles to Forest Service Road #277, Blowhard Station Road). Follow the road to power-line radar stations. Follow power-line west to trailhead.

Boulder Loop
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EASY / BEGINNER | 1.9 MILES | WINTER | LOOP | MAP

This is a Fat Bike Trail ONLY and is a mellow loop with overlooks of an ancient lava field and Navajo Lake. Several additional Fat Bike trails have been added on the west side of Deer Hollow making riding in the winter an added adventure!

Trailhead:Located at Deer Hollow Recreation Area, 22 miles east of Cedar City on Hwy U-14.

Navajo Lake Loop
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EASY / BEGINNER | 1.9 MILES | JUNE THRU FALL | LOOP | MAP

A winding trail that follows along the side of the lake on the north side and provides views of the lake from above on the south side.

Trailhead: From Cedar City follow Highway U-14 east, turn right .5 miles after mile marker 25 at the Navajo Lake Junction (Forest Service Road #30053). Follow the road to the west end of the lake. The trailhead is located just east of the Te-Ah campground.

Virgin River Rim Trail
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MODERATE TO DIFFICULT / INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED | 32 MILES | JUNE THRU FALL | POINT TO POINT / OUT AND BACK | MAP / BROCHURE

This trail is broken down into three shorter trails making it the perfect trail to customize to your riding preference. This trail provides single track riding with stunning views of Zion and the Pink Cliffs along the rim of the Markagunt Plateau.

Trailhead:Various access points are located off of Highway U-14 at Deer Haven, Navajo Lake and Strawberry Point.

Brian Head Trails

Over the years, Brain Head has gained fame for its downhill single-track trails that drop from alpine ridges through thick forests to warm valleys. Today, you can hop on the ski resort’s Giant Steps Lift or ride a shuttle van to Brian Head Peak and let gravity be your accelerator. Dark Hollow—Second Left Hand Canyon, Left and Right Forks of Bunker Creek, and Blowhard Mountain are veritable test tracks for today’s “free ride” bikes. Those who prefer to earn their downhills by first riding to mountain summits or who favor marathon cross-country treks will find Brain Head’s trail network accommodating.

Chairlift Accessed Trails

Brian Head Resort’s Mountain Bike Park (MAP) offers access to over 200 miles of the areas most scenic and remarkable single track. The combination of our chairlift accessed, and bike shuttle accessed trail system offers an endless variety of biking options. Learn more at www.brianhead.com.

The Mountain Bike Park’s trail network is accessed via the Giant Steps Chairlift. Open on the weekends during the summer months you can enjoy:

Color Country
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EASY TO MODERATE / BEGINNER to INTERMEDIATE | 6 MILES | SUMMER & FALL | POINT TO POINT

Heading south from the top of the chairlift, with stunning view of Cedar Breaks National Monument, and the red rock vistas of Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area. As you decend the trail, you will pass an alpine pond in a lush meadow; further down you will ride along the edge of a small reservoir and into the forest. After riding out of the trees, the trail follows the ridge and back into the ski area boundary as it snakes down the mountain, returning back to the bottom of the lift.

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Lightning Point
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MODERATE / INTERMEDIATE | 6 MILES | SUMMER & FALL | POINT TO POINT

This trail splits off early from the Color Country trail. After crossing UT Hwy 143, you will enjoy open meadows before ascending through the forest overlooking Ashdown Gorge and Cedar Breaks National Monument behind Lightning Point Mountain. Drop into the Upper Bear Flat Campground and coast down UT Hwy 143 a short distance back to the Brian Head Resort Mountain Bike Park.

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Navajo Point Loop
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MODERATE TO STRENUOUS / INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED | 10 MILES | EARLY SUMMER TO FALL | LOOP | MAP

The Navajo Point Loop receives an advanced rating because you ascend 600 vertical feet on a dirt road, over the course of one mile. The remaining portion of the trail is intermediate. Offering one of the most scenic overlooks in the area, the climb is worth it. Following the signs from the Bear Flat Campground up the dirt road, you will need to watch for signs marking the single track trail that loops behind Navajo Mountain. After looping the mountaintop, you will head north toward the Navajo Chair 4 area, where the trail thunders down hill to meet up with the Town Trail. Heading south, will take you back to the Mountain Bike Park.

Trailhead: From Hwy U-143 in Brian Head, head west on Sugarloaf Mountain Road a short distance to the trailhead

Timber Line
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MODERATE TO STRENUOUS / INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED | 4.5 MILES | SUMMER & FALL | POINT TO POINT

Heading north as you get off the chairlift, this trail starts out rough, as you roll your way just beneath the 500-foot lichen covered cliffs of the Brian Head Peak. Eventually it turns back and heads for the trees, near Chair 5. From here it takes on a new character. With tabletop jumps, banked turns, and rollers the rest of the way down! This section of the Timberline trail is where our down hill races occur, and is a favorite of the locals.

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View Z / Z Line
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MODERATE TO STRENUOUS / INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED | 3 MILES | SUMMER & FALL | POINT TO POINT

This fun technical section directly off the top of the chairlift will zigzag you right into the bottom portion of the Timberline Trail.

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Brian Head Peak Access
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MODERATE / INTERMEDIATE | 3 MILES | SUMMER & FALL | POINT TO POINT

This short ascent around Brian Head Peak is used to gain access to the Sidney Peaks Trail Head and many more mountain bike trail options. This trail crosses the exposed south side of Brian Head Peak and offers some of the most stunning flowery meadow views.

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Town Trail
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EASY / BEGINNER | 5.5 MILES | SUMMER & FALL | POINT TO POINT

Riding the Town Trail is great but combined with one of the Mountain Bike Park’s other trail options you can ride all day long.

Scout Camp Loop
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MODERATE TO STRENUOUS / INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED | 11 MILES | SUMMER & FALL | LOOP

Give yourself about one to two hours to complete this loop. Starting out on the Timberline trail, watch for Scout Camp Loop signs about one mile into the trail. After negotiating the logging roads, you will find yourself in Munoz Meadows, where you will intersect with the Dark Hollow trail. Following this trail into the woods you will see signs for Scout Camp Loop. Heading uphill, you will soon come to Hendrickson Lake on your left. Pass the lake, stay to your right, and then a signed junction awaits you. Riding along the meadow towards the Thunder Ridge Scout Camp area, go about a half-mile until there is a break in the fence and a sign for Brian Head, 3 Miles. If you come to Hwy 143 you went too far. Staying on the single track, a couple of miles later this loops you back into the Town Trail.

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Bike Shuttle Accessed Trails

The Mountain Bike Park’s access to over 200 miles of single track, downhill and cross country rides continue by arranging a bike shuttle to:

Right & Left Fork of Bunker Creek
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MODERATE / INTERMEDIATE | 12 MILES | SUMMER & FALL | POINT TO POINT

Ascending to the rim of the Markagunt plateau you are treated with some bumpy, heart pounding descents that will bring you to a double track road. From here you will cross over the road, picking the single track back up in a forested meadow. You will see signs for the Left Fork, on your right and the Right Fork on your left. Taking the trail on your right (drainages are named from the bottom up), your will find more great drops, weaving you through a spectacular Aspen forest. At the bottom of this single track you will cross a stream, and go to your right, east on the double-track road. Do not be lulled into thinking that the fun is over. The next 5 miles of double-track are just as fun and challenging. Riding the Bunker Creek Road at the “Y” follow the signs for Panguitch Lake, until you come to highway 143. Using caution go left on the highway for about a half mile where you will see the Phillips 66 on your right. Pull in get a cool drink and wait for your shuttle back to the top.

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Lowder Pond Loop
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MODERATE / INTERMEDIATE | 11 MILES | SUMMER & FALL | POINT TO POINT

A combination of single and double track will invigorate as you ride through alpine meadows and aspen forests.

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