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Thunder Mountain Trail #33098

Intermediate
 5.0 (2)

Trail quality reminiscent of Sedona and majestic views reflective of Bryce Canyon. WOW!


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Map Key

8.0

Miles

12.8

KM

Point to Point

8,269' 2,520 m

High

7,085' 2,159 m

Low

1,706' 520 m

Up

711' 217 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Unknown

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Description

Thunder Mountain Trail is just outside Bryce Canyon National Park. The amazing views of Thunder Mountain will blow you away. Trail quality is mostly smooth hard pack but has short serious sections of loose, steep, switchbackery madness. The climbing is mostly moderate, making this trail a manageable hike.

The trail as mapped here is mostly downhill (although you'll question that at times) but can be done in either direction. You'll enjoy the many swooping hills and valleys along the way with many memorable photo opportunities.

An excellent Federal campground sits just east from the Red Canyon Visitor Center. Flush toilets, pay hot showers, grilled fire rings and barbecue grills are amenities for these cozy campsites nestled between the shady trees. There was even free wifi during our visit! Reservations can be made online but we arrived before noon on Saturday and great spots were available. There are also a number of free BLM campsites in the immediate area.

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Kristen Arendt

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  5.0 from 2 votes

#1

in Red Canyon

#990

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#75

in Utah

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"No synonym for God is so perfect as Beauty." John Muir
Aug 19, 2018 near Panguitch, UT
Toto, we're not in Kansas. (We're on the Thunder Mountain Trail, instead!)
Apr 19, 2016 near Panguitch, UT
Beautiful trail at Thunder Mountain!
Apr 19, 2016 near Panguitch, UT
View along the wooded area of the trail.
Apr 19, 2016 near Panguitch, UT
Looking east toward Red Canyon.
Apr 19, 2016 near Panguitch, UT
Great overlook!
Apr 19, 2016 near Panguitch, UT

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