Cedar City Mountain Biking Trails + Info

Cedar City Trails

Cedar City Mountain Bike Trails Map

Lichen It
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Best in spring, summer, fall.

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. Lichen It 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.

Lava Flow
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Best in spring, summer, fall.

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.

Three Peaks Recreation Area Trails

A 19 mile mountain bike trail system runs throughout the complex and is often used for competitions like the Utah Summer Games. The mountain bike trail head is located just as you come into the Three Peaks Complex near the Iron County Recreation Area. There are restroom facilities and water. To get to the Three Peaks Recreation Area travel north on Cedar City Main Street to Midvalley Rd (north end of Enoch) and turn left (west). Continue west on Midvalley Rd to Three Peaks.

Three Peaks
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Best in spring and fall.

7 miles: This is an 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.

Big Hole
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Best in spring and fall.

4 miles: 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.

Race Course
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Best in spring and fall.

4.5 miles: 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.

Lost World
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Best in spring and fall.

1.5 miles: 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.

Practice Loop
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Best in spring and fall.

2 mile: 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.

Nearby Forest Service Trails

Blow Hard
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Very Difficult – June through Fall (10 Miles – one way) Steep singletrack with incredible views of Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area and Cedar Breaks National Monument. Shuttle recommended. Located off Highway U-148 along Forest Service Road #277.

Boulder Loop
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Fat Bike Trail ONLY!
Easy – Winter ONLY (1.9 Miles – one way) A mellow loop with overlooks of an ancient lava field and Navajo Lake. Located at Deer Hallow Recreation Area and 20 miles east of Cedar on Hwy U-14.

Navajo Lake Loop
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Easy – June through Fall (12 Miles – one way) Single track trail that loops around the lake passing through ancient lava flows and aspen forest. Located right of Highways U-14 along Navajo Lake Forest Service Road #383.

Virgin River Rim Trail
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More Difficult – June through Fall (32 Miles – Point to Point / Out and Back) Single track riding with stunning views of Zion and the Pink Cliffs along the rim of the Markagunt Plateau. Located – various access points off of Highway U-14 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 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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(6 Miles) Offers stunning view of Cedar Breaks National Monument and the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area.

Lighting Point
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(6 Miles) Splitting off of Color Country this trail ascends into aspen forests and past spectacular red rock vistas.

Navajo Point Loop
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(12 Miles) Perfect for the novice or families with young riders you can meander around scenic Navajo Lake and over a lava field.

Timber Line
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(4.5 Miles) Hang on tight this is our downhill course. Featuring tabletop jumps, banked turns and rollers, this one is a favorite.

View Z
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(3 Miles) Just like it sounds this trail zig zags from the top of the mountain intersecting with Timberline.

Mace Trail
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(2 Miles) Access Dark Hollow or Scout Camp Loop via the Mace Trail and you have earned the awesome descents that follow.

Brian Head Peak Access
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(3 Miles) Ascending from the top of the chairlift this is a great way of earning access to Bunker Creek, Lowder Pond Loop or Dark Hollow.

Town Trail
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(5.5 Miles) 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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(11 Miles) Accessing this loop via the Mountain Bike Park is another way to keep enjoying a favorite trail.

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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(12 Miles) Mix it up by riding either fork of this famous trail – voted by Bicycling magazine’s readers choice top 5 fat tire trails.

Lowder Pond Loop
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(11 Miles) A combination of single and double track will invigorate as you ride through alpine meadows and aspen forests.

Dark Hollow
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(13 Miles) Dodging aspen trees like slalom poles as you descend 5,000 vertical feet makes for a screaming fast ride.

Marathon
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(26.5 Miles) Take in a marathon of sights as you ride through alpine meadows, spruce and aspen forests, past lava fields and sink holes, ponds and streams.