Virgin River Rim Trail views

What: a 205 mile self-supported grassroots bikepacking event.
When: Grand Depart 7AM Sep 5, 2020
Where: western trailhead for the Virgin River Rim trail near Deer Haven campground, Dixie NF. This is east of Cedar City off of Hwy 14.
More info:
discussion on
discussion in Facebook group
2019 Trackleaders signup (2020 signup forthcoming)

The Bristlecone 200 is 205 miles of spectacular variation in the mountains, high plateaus, canyons and hoodoos of southern Utah. It originated in 2011 as a combination of the best of the Dixie 311, a more rugged and challenging adventure and the Dixie Lite, an intro to bikepacking.

Navajo Lake loop

Fast forward to 2017: the Brian Head fire raged through much of the area, wiping out key sections making a loop impractical. Trail work in 2018 made possible a revised route that I think is even more compelling than the original. It features new trails, added trails, and a taste of the Sevier Plateau. In a final twist, the route is now oriented clockwise.

The rebuilt Sydney Peaks trail
The rebuilt Bunker Creek trail is destination worthy
Ghosts left behind by the Brian Head Fire
Seldom traveled sections of the Grandview Trail
Scenes from the Pole Canyon descent
Sevier Plateau E of Panguitch

2019 Route info

Updates to 2020 route TBD. Hwy 14 pavement gets a reroute for safety reasons.

Download the route GPX here or from

Water beta

Approximate course mile, location, potable and on course unless otherwise noted. Campground water access normally ends labor day weekend.

0  Deer Haven CG
9, 20, 196 (yes 3 passes!)  Te-ah CG
39  Castle creek (filter)
50  Bunker creek (filter)
54  Panguitch lake
69  Panguitch creek (filter)
80  Panguitch (major resupply)
99  Hancock/Casto intersection (filter, may be dry but I doubt it)
108.5  Red Canyon CG (roughly .3 miles off route via paved bike path)
125  Hillsdale canyon (filter, image:,esriusgstopo&slideshow=true)
??  Somewhere between Hillsdale and Proctor there is a nice spring...but I don't have a waypoint for it. It's piped and on the trail, can't miss it.
131  Proctor canyon (filter, may be dry)
148  Bottom of Pole canyon, you'll see a spring. I'd filter it.
154  Sevier river (filter but I'd avoid it, lots of irrigation/ranching upstream and normally high sediment)
160  Long Valley Junction - gas station with a lot of food and drink choice
174??  Possibly Swains creek. It's off-route, needs filtered, I have not been there in years.
196  Back to Te-Ah. Long Valley to Te-Ah is what I'd consider the longest section between water, 5+ hours.


The rules are simple. By lining up you agree to honor your fellow bikepacker by following them. This is your honor code. I will not mediate rules issues as I implicitly trust all who line up. Ask for clarification on FB or if they are not clear.

  • Complete the entire route under your own human power.
  • No pre-arranged support with one exception: teams of any number of riders are allowed. The rules apply to the team as a unit; the finishing time of the team is that of the last member to finish. Team riders may share items but otherwise no cached or pre-arranged support is allowed.
  • It is the responsibility of the rider to determine whether or not he/she has finished within the rules.
  • GPX file submission or Trackleaders tracking is required to claim a course record.