For the first of the Weekly Thursday Rides, we headed over to San Pablo Etla to see if we could find some of the singletrack trails Carl Silverberg and his amigos have been building. Not only did we find some new singletrack (new to us, that is), I also got to meet Carl. He is a super nice guy who’s done a lot to bring attention to Oaxaca mountain biking AND to work with the communities here to create and maintain more mountain-bike-friendly singletrack. I’m hoping to get back over to Etla and ride with Senor Silverberg soon. We are also planning to get over there for some trail work as the rainy season has, of course, affected those trails, too.
Here is the track Larry and I took yesterday. Note that many of the “wiggles” are due to us scouting singletrack at various trail junctions. Looks like there are lots of riding options in the Land of Carl(os) S.
Went out and did a little pruning today on Trail T (Tostadora (Toaster)). Sadly, there was only enough time to get the upper section between Trail HFR (High Flyer Ridge) and Trail ML (Mechero Lado (Side Burner)) beat back. Hopefully there will be time soon to get out again and get the bottom part pruned so the rainy season’s vegetative growth is beat back enough to get this trail ready for ripping down. I’d almost forgotten how fun and twisty this trail is. If you are willing to come help with the pruning of the bottom, drop us a line.
Here is a map of the area of interest. The pruned part of Tostadora is indicated with the wide red line.
We were headed to Mitla. I.e. a simple day of rolling country roads on a standard-issue beautiful Oaxaca day. Sadly, after one destroyed pedal+crank, a flat tire, a floppy seat, and a disentegrating rear sprocket we decided it was time to airlift out. Half the crew turned around and rode home, the other half took their collection of “bikes” to the highway and caught a collectivo home. The track is the full bike route. Most of the photos are from the Dainzu ruins. Very cool.
Road LBR (Loma Blanco Road (White Ridge Road) is a dirt road used for access to the trails northwest of San Felipe del Agua. Colosio Park provides a safe place to park the car and ride from for access to Road LNR (Libramiento Norte Road) and the trails accessible from Road LNR, a San Felipe del Agua major (non-automobile, mostly) crossroad. This route from Colosio Park follows a rough dirt road that ends with a short climb that puts you on Road LNR. From there head east or west on this paved, but closed-to-autos road to access over 40 kilometers of trails.
Trail ZZ (Zig Zag) is a very short singletrack path of two switchbacks which provides a ridable route up from LNR (Libramiento Norte Road) to WFR (West Frontage Road) just north of the lower RR (Rojo Runout) + WFR trail junction. Useful for a shorter & easier climb up to WFR + RR Junction as compared to using either end of WFR (i.e. the north and south LNR + WFR Junctions). E.g. Trail ZZ is a easier shortcut up to Trails A, ED, Es, and RR from LNR. Handy for crossing from Trail TTT over to the aforementioned trails on the west side of LNR without having to descend on LNR to only re-ascend on WFR.
Use the “Download” link above to retrieve a copy of the KML/Z file for your own uses. E.g. viewing in GoogleEarth, loading to your GPS-enabled device).Or, click here to examine this trail and its components in greater detail in GoogleMaps.