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 8920 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

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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MODERATE | 3.5 MILES | EARLY SUMMER – FALL | LOOP | MAP
Trail meanders through the hills on the west side of Brian Head, traversing through spruce and aspen groves and mountain meadows. Vistas of Brian Head Peak and Bristlecone Pond.
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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(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.

(CLOSED) Maces Trail
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*Due to a recent wildfire in the area the Maces Trail is closed – (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:

(CLOSED) Right & Left Fork of Bunker Creek
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*Due to a recent wildfire in the area the both Bunker Creek Trails are closed – (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.

(CLOSED) Dark Hollow
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*Due to a recent wildfire in the area the Dark Hollow Trail is closed – (13 Miles) Dodging aspen trees like slalom poles as you descend 5,000 vertical feet makes for a screaming fast ride.

(CLOSED) Marathon
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*Due to a recent wildfire in the area the Marathon Trail is closed – (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.