OverviewNote: I will be adding photos to all Brian Head related pages in spring 2008 when the mountain biking park re-opens.
Voted "one of the 50 best bike trips on the planet" by Bicycling Magazine. The Brian Head Mountain Bike Park is located in Southern Utah and is affiliated with the Brian Head Ski Resort. It is open during the summer season only (which includes early fall), has over 200 miles of single and double track trails, and offers 5,000 vertical feet.
Some trails are accessed by the Giant Steps Chairlift which is scheduled to run Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays through sometime during late September/early October. Lift rates are as follows: all day - $20, single ride - $8, season pass - $79. Other trails are accessed by a bike shuttle - which requires paying a $17.50 per person per trip fee - or you can arrange your own shuttle using multiple vehicles.
Keep in mind - you don't have to purchase a lift pass to use any of the trails. You can shuttle yourself or ride/walk/crawl back up the hill. Trails are rated as novice, intermediate and advanced. However, many people consider the advanced trails to actually be an intermediate level. Cannondale and Gary Fisher bike rentals are available on-site.
The following information is courtesy of Brian Head Resort. Posted with permission.
Chairlift Accessed Trails
Color Country (6 Miles) Offers stunning view of Cedar Breaks National Monument and the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area.
Lightning Point (6 Miles) Splitting off of Color Country this trail ascends into aspen forests and past spectacular red rock vistas.
Navajo Point Loop (10 Miles) A cross country trail that takes you to the top of Navajo Mountain then thunders down hill to meet up with the town trail.
Timber Line (4.5 Miles) Hang on tight this is our downhill course. Featuring tabletop jumps, banked turns and rollers, this one is a favorite.
Z-Line (3 Miles) Just like it sounds this trail zig zags from the top of the mountain intersecting with Timberline.
Mace Trail (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 (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 (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 (11 Miles) Accessing this loop via the Mountain Bike Park is another way to keep enjoying a favorite trail.
Bike Shuttle Accessed Trails
Right & Left Fork of Bunker Creek (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 (11 Miles) A combination of single and double track will invigorate as you ride through alpine meadows and aspen forests.
Dark Hollow (13 Miles) Dodging aspen trees like slalom poles as you descend 5,000 vertical feet makes for a screaming fast ride.
Blow Hard (10 Miles) Enjoy incredible views of Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area and Cedar Breaks National Monument while riding this awesome single track trail.
Navajo Lake Loop (12 Miles) Perfect for the novice or families with young riders you can meander around scenic Navajo Lake and over a lava field.
Thunder Mountain (7 Miles) Transport your self out of this world while riding the red rock wonders offered.
Casto Canyon (14 Miles) Take in the history of the Wild West as you ride a trail once used by the infamous Wild Bunch.
Marathon (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.
Virgin River Rim Trail (33 Miles) Perfect for an overnight, the unbelievable views make the length completely worth it.
Getting ThereFrom the south (Las Vegas):
Take I-15 north to Cedar City. Exit onto the Main Street exit (U-130) and drive north through town. Turn right onto E Center Street (U-14) and drive into the mountains east of town. From U-14 follow the signs to Brian Head. Park in front of the Giant Steps lodge and head up to the third floor bike shop for free maps and other information.
From the north (Salt Lake City):
Take I-15 south to Parowan. Exit onto the Main Street exit and head south through town. From Main Street, turn left onto U-143 and head into the mountains following signs for Brian Head. Park in front of the Giant Steps lodge and head up to the third floor bike shop for free maps and other information.
Red TapeThere is no red tape.
External LinksBrian Head Resort
CampingBoth campgrounds and dispersed camping are available in the adjacent Dixie National Forest.
Cedar City District campgrounds
Cedar Canyon (8,100 feet)
Deer Haven (8,900 feet)
Duck Creek (8,600 feet)
Navajo Lake (9,700 feet)
Panguitch Lake North (8,400 feet)
Panguitch Lake South (8,400 feet)
Spruces (9,200 feet)
Te-Ah (9,200 feet)
White Bridge (7,900 feet)
Yankee Meadows (8,500 feet)
For additional campground info visit the Dixie National Forest website.