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Thunder Mtn Express

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 3.7 (18) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A one-way, shuttle tour that links some great tech and fast flowing trails.


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6.6

Miles

10.6

KM

95%

Singletrack

4,795' 1,461 m

High

4,343' 1,324 m

Low

604' 184 m

Up

796' 243 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Overview

The route starts you with a climb to the high point over the re-route of the Thunder Mountain trail which is a work of beauty. Great features and armored berms make it a memorable climb.

The trail also has several lengthy flowing descents before you join into Teacup trail and continue your ride east towards the Jordan Trail system. Take a quick snack break at the Devil's Kitchen sink hole before finishing your day on the long, flowing descent on Adobe Jack.

Description

The route starts with a climb right off the bat on Lower Chimney Rock and Thunder Mountain. At the 0.5-mile mark, you'll see the Andante trail off to the right which can be used as an easier alternative if you're not psyched on the advanced nature of the Thunder Mountain trail, the two trails will meet up again around the 1.75-mile mark.

As for the Thunder Mountain trail, it is a fabulously challenging trail with tech and some nice flow segments over well-designed features and armored berms that make it a memorable trail. The final portion ends on a flowing descent into a slick rock wash feature where several trails intersect. Stay left at the different intersections looking for Teacup trail signs.

Here, you'll start another climb. After a short section, you'll see Upper Teacup head off to the left, it is unsigned but provides quick access to the very fun "bonus" downhill Middle Teacup. The downhill segment is unique taking you down a wash feature with several slick rock sections and some big drops. You'll be placed right back onto the main Teacup trail, where you'll be faced with a steep, nice downhill followed by some steep chunky tech sections.

The final segment of Teacup takes you down nice, fast flowing switchbacks before ending at a rough jeep road (Soldier Pass Road). Take a left onto the road then a quick right following the road. After a steep, loose section, the trail intersects with a few popular hiking trails. Take a right following slick rock for a short distance before coming to the Devil's Kitchen sink hole, a great place to take in the views and refuel before your final descent down Adobe Jack.

Adobe Jack begins just beyond the sink hole - look for the trail sign just to your south. A short distance in, you'll have one more trail intersection. Take a right to stay on Adobe Jack. Alternatively, you can go left to take Grand Central trail down, a short climb up Crusty trail will get you to the Adobe Jack parking lot.

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Shared By:

Chuck McQuade with improvements by Adam Policky

Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 18 votes

#5

in Sedona

#1864

Overall
  3.7 from 18 votes
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#5

in Sedona

#71

in Arizona

#1,864

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Photos

Stunning backdrops and perfect singletrack
May 20, 2018 near Sedona, AZ
Thunder mountain fun.
Feb 18, 2019 near West Se…, AZ
Crusty is a bump and grind along a creek bottom.
Feb 19, 2014 near Sedona, AZ
The west end of Tea Cup looking back toward Coffeepot Rock and Brins Mesa
Feb 25, 2014 near West Se…, AZ
Teacup
Nov 5, 2016 near West Se…, AZ
Adobe Jack trail. Fun, fast and flowy with a few technical spots.
Jun 1, 2021 near Sedona, AZ

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Jun 10, 2022
Eberhard Czirr
8mi — 3h 00m
Mar 5, 2022
Dan Pearson
Feb 15, 2022
David Taft
Super fun west to east, easy to connect into more loops around soldier wash — 12h 00m
Sep 17, 2021
Tyler Pearson
Fun during the downhill sections but not as difficult as I thought. Pretty flowy and nothing too wild
Aug 30, 2021
Dylan Brinkmann
Fun trail. Definitely some tech climbs but nothing too wild. I would say this is much more of a blue trail. 9mi — 1h 35m
May 28, 2021
Bryan Rorie
Trail is mostly technical pedaling. The few downhill sections are fun, moderately technical, but quickly greeting with more technical pedaling.
May 9, 2021
Leo Walker
this trail takes longer than expected due to some technical climbs and tight sharp turns. great challenging trail but need to enjoy technical climb… 6.6mi — 2h 00m
Mar 31, 2021
Tyler Cande
8mi