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Bunker Creek (Right Fork)

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.2 (24) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice intermediate shuttle downhill run out of Brian Head resort.


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14.1

Miles

22.7

KM

80%

Singletrack

11,063' 3,372 m

High

8,340' 2,542 m

Low

422' 129 m

Up

3,086' 941 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Overview

This is a fun shuttle run from Brian Head Peak to Panguitch, Utah. There is nice singletrack, great scenery, and the route is almost all downhill. The last five miles go from singletrack to doubletrack to pavement. After the 2017 fire, local mountain bike clubs have worked hard to clear the trail and cut new sections.

Need to Know

At these elevations, be prepared for cold or stormy weather. I listed the trail as intermediate difficulty, but there are a few spots that will test a good intermediate rider. You can catch a shuttle at The Brian Head Giant Steps lodge or George's shop and they will take you up to Brian Head Peak (11,300 feet elevation) and pick you up at Panguitch. The Burger Barn at the end of the ride is a pick up spot for return shuttle and has amazing bbq. As of the time of this posting, the shuttle was a bargain at $20. Of course, you can also self-shuttle.

Description

This trail has been rebuilt after the fire, and is better than ever. They have also rebuilt the Left Fork and opened it up to mountain bikes. Most people think the Right Fork (North Fork) is the most fun. Start by the small restroom just below Brian Head Peak. Look for a short steep singletrack climb that leaves the two track heading east. Don't get discouraged by this short climb. This is a downhill run. After about a quarter of a mile of climbing, you'll hit the top and ride through the tundra and scrubby trees that live above timberline. There are views in every direction. Be sure to notice Cedar Breaks National Monument in the distance to the south.

As you start the gradual descent into Bunker Creek look for views through the trees to the east. There are several great overlooks along the way. Follow the sign to the Right Fork of Bunker Creek (your left). It's the better bike trail of the two forks.

Now you'll drop in into the drainage and the fun begins. It's a very fun singletrack descent through the trees with a small stream crossing. Be on your toes, there are a few steep and rocky sections that will test an intermediate rider. Near the bottom, the trail changes to two track, but it's fast and fun.

Contacts

Shared By:

Kevin Christopherson with improvements by Elizabeth Kellerman

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  4.2 from 24 votes

#816

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#816

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Bunker Creek Trail
Jul 15, 2019 near Parowan, UT
creek crossing
Jul 7, 2018 near Parowan, UT
New trail after burn
Jul 7, 2018 near Parowan, UT
looking uphill. fast section
Jul 7, 2018 near Parowan, UT
Easy singletrack on top.
Aug 4, 2013 near Parowan, UT
Getting into the good stuff.
Aug 4, 2013 near Parowan, UT

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Oct 14, 2022
Thad Koppenhafer
Shuttle picked us up in Panguich lake resort at the church All that fun and did not notice the uphills, hardly any. All singletrack now mostly — 12h 00m
Sep 20, 2020
David Crane
w SL 10.8mi
Sep 7, 2020
Myra T
Aug 24, 2020
Jasmine Board
Jul 4, 2020
Eddie O'Toole
Trail is dry but awesome! Watch out for the (new-ish) stump in the middle of the trail about half way down. 28mi — 3h 30m
Jul 14, 2019
Andy Logan
Jul 12, 2019
Hector Ortiz
Jul 4, 2019
Darren McCaulley

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