Got off work Sunday afternoon, packed my bikes/bike gear & headed South to Panguitch, UT. Monday was a 50 mile road ride through Bryce Canyon National Park. I did an out & back beginning on the east side of Red Canyon. The Park is pretty bike friendly & is a gradual 2000' climb to the end of the paved road. Mountain bikes are not allowed off the paved road in the Park.
Rain was threatening & temps were cool:
The views are expansive:
A cool hole in the wall:
Almost to the top which is just over 9000':
Looking back down the canyon:
These lovely ladies saved my ass... Literally. I had broken my seat during a dumbass move upon my arrival in Panquitch. I purchased the only bicycle seat in town (being displayed by Lizzy), they were kind enough to trade me for a real saddle.
Today was Mountain Bike day. The ride was going to be up through Red Canyon to Thunder Saddle as a loop. I have done this one a couple of times before, but it is one of those special ones that is worth traveling for!
Here is a description of the ride:
Starting from the Thunder Mountain TH (aprox 7100 ft., restrooms, parking) ride E on the paved trail that follows river (#113) for 5.4 miles then turn on to dirt road and follow it 2 miles through a small campground to Coyote Hollow parking (8050 ft., restrooms, parking). The Thunder Mountain single track (#098) starts here winding through forest canyons climbing and descending the same 250 ft many times for the next 3 miles. The trail gradually climbs to roughly 8300 ft at 10.5 miles from the start (awesome views!) and then starts a rapid decent past red cliffs & hoodoo's, switchbacking down the canyons. Some technical stuff as the switchbacks are rather tight & steep and some of the trail is very narrow along ledges. At mile 14.2 and roughly 7300 ft you intersect with trail # 066, go right and the trail quickly turns into a 20 mph downhill scream on a forested single track back to the Thunder Mountain TH almost 2 miles later.
This is an awesome ride!
Leaving Red Canyon on the paved bike trail. This is where I started the ride to Bryce yesterday.
Almost at the top of Thunder Mountain:
Looking east from the summit ridge:
First of the DH:
Coming thru a slot:
A little more up:
The switchback canyon we just descended in the background:
The next knife edge ridge before the final descent:
Entering the bottom of the canyon:
Thanks for looking,
Edited by 4ster - 9/27/11 at 9:58pm