Rides

Here is an alphabetical list of some of our recommended routes for an outing on a mountain bike. (Sorry, none of these are recommended for a road bike!) Click on the name of any ride to get more information (e.g. description, map, photos) about that particular entry. Note that not all of the rides listed are shown on the overview map immediately below, as that would cause too much clutter and overlapping of routes.

Apoala

Various trails / Mountainous / Moderate to difficult / Distance & elevation vary / Use of a guide highly recommended

 

Benito Juarez

Out & back / Mountains / Very difficult / 65.3 miles (105 km) / 6140 feet (1871 meters) elevation gain & loss / Highest elevation point: 9622 feet (2933 meters)

 

Capulalpam

Out & back / Mountains / Moderate / 9.7 miles (15.6 km) / 1861 feet (567 meters) elevation gain & loss / Highest elevation point: 7400 feet (2256 meters)

 

Cerro Fortin

Downhill bike loops  /  Foothills  /  Difficult  /  3.2 mies (5.1 km)  /  946 feet (288 meters) elevation gain & loss  /  Highest elevation point: 5992 feet (1826 meters)

 

Cinco Señores Hacienda

Loop  /  Countryside  /  Moderate  /  10.3 miles (16.6 km)  / 1741 feet (530.6 meters) elevation gain & loss  /  Highest point:  7231 feet (220.4 meters) / Lowest point:  6032 feet (1838.5 meters)

 

Cuajimoloyas Loop

Loop / Mountains / Easy / 3.1 miles (5.0 km) / 738 feet (225 meters) gain & loss / Highest elevation:  10,400 feet (3170 meters)

 

Cuajimoloyas to Lachatao

One way / Mountains / Moderate (going downhill) or difficult (riding back up!) / 18.4 miles (29.6 km) one way / Elevation change:  1116 feet (340 meters) uphill & 4530 feet (1381 meters) downhill / Highest elevation point: 10,419 feet (3176 meters)

 

Cuajimoloyas to Yavesia

Out & back  /  Mountains  /  Difficult on return leg  /  24.1 miles (38.8 km)  / Elevation change:  4159 feet (1268 meters) loss & gain  /  Highest elevation point: 10,419 feet (3176 meters)

 

Cuatro Venados Loop

Loop / Mountains / Very difficult /  56.3 miles (90.6 km) / 6219 feet (1895 meters) of uphill / 5946 feet (1812 meters) of downhill / Highest elevation point: 9281 feet (2829 meters)

 

Cuilapam de Guerrero

Loop  /  Countryside  /  Easy to Moderate  /  21.7 miles (35 kms)  /  elevation gain & loss of 1164 feet (355 meters) on the loop  /  Highest point:  5523 feet (1683 meters)

 

Diaz Ordaz & Yagul

Out & back / Countryside / Moderate to difficult / 49 miles (79 km) / 1607 feet (490 meters) elevation gain & loss

 

El Carrizal Loop

Loop / Mountains / Moderate to difficult / 12.9 miles (20.7 km) / Overall elevation gain & loss around the loop: 2219 feet (676 meters)

 

Etla Valley Loop

Loop / Countryside / Moderate / 9.3 miles (14.96 kms) / Elevation gain & loss: 725 feet (221 meters) / Stop at monastery ruins in Cuilapam

 

Grand Tour of the Etla Valley

Loop / Countryside / Moderate to difficult / 37 miles (59 km) / 1400 feet (400 meters) gain & loss

 

Grand Tour of Tlacolula & Zimatlan Valleys

Loop / Countryside / Moderate to difficult / 53 miles ( 85 km) / 1305 feet (398 meters) gain & loss

 

Guacamayas

Round trip / Countryside & mountains / Difficult / 43.3 miles (69.7 km) / 4171 feet (1271.3 meters) climb & descent / High point:  8827 feet (2690 meters)

 

Guacamayas to La Cumbre

Out & back / Mountains / Moderate to difficult / 31.5 miles (50.7 km) round trip / 5114 feet (1559 meters) elevation gain & loss / Highest point: 9950 feet (3033 meters)

 

Hill Country Near Huitzo

Out & back / Steep foothills / Moderate to difficult / 18.2 miles (29.3 km) / elevation gain & loss 3302 feet (1006 meters) / Gradient of 12-15% on some hills

 

Huayapam

Out & back / Foothills / Moderate to difficult /11.7 miles (18.8 km) / 2036 feet (620 meters) elevation gain

 

Ixtlan de Juarez

Loop / Mountains / Moderate / 9.2 miles (14.8 km) / 1585 feet (483 meters) uphill & 1917 feet (584 meters) downhill / Highest point: 7543 feet (2299 meters) in altitude

 

Ixtlan Revisited

Loop / Mountains / Moderate / 11.0 miles (17.7 km) / 2119 feet (646 meters) elevation gain & loss / Highest point: 8556 feet (2608 meters) in altitude / Suggestion: ride loop clockwise for more manageable uphill, with a screamer (9% grade) downhill run

 

Jalapa del Valle

Out & back / Foothills / Moderate to difficult / 27.5 miles (44.25 km) / 2686 feet (818 meters) elevation gain

 

La Cumbre

Out & back / Mountains / Moderate / 19.8 miles (32 km) / 3742 feet (1140 meters) elevation gain / Highest elevation point: 9868 feet (3008 meters)

 

La Cumbre to El Punto:  “El Cerezo” trail

Point to point / Mountains / Moderate / All downhill / 3.45 miles (5.55 km) / 1730 feet (527 meters) drop in altitude / Shuttle required

 

La Cumbre to Huayapam

Point to point / Mountains / Difficult  /  21.3 miles (32.3 km) / 2687 feet (819 meters) uphill & 6050 feet (1844 meters) downhill / Highest elevation point: 10512 feet (3204 meters) / Requires shuttle to carry bikes & riders to La Cumbre

 

La Cumbre to La Neveria (well, almost)

Out & back / Mountains / Moderate / 24 miles (38.6 km) / 4200 feet (1280 meters) elevation gain & loss on round trip

 

La Cumbre to La Neveria to Tlalixtac to Oaxaca (Mil Rios Trail)

Epic shuttle ride / Mountains / Difficult / 28.7 miles (46.2 kms) / 2495 feet (760 meters) of climbing & 5995 feet (1827 meters) of downhill / Highest elevation: 9164 feet (2793 meters)

 

Llano Grande

Out & back / Mountains / Moderate / 20.5 miles (33.0 km) / 2330 feet (710 meters) elevation gain / Highest elevation point: 10474 feet (3192 meters)

 

Llano Grande Loops

Double loop / Mountains / Moderate to difficult / 10.3 miles (16.6 km) / 1719 feet (524 meters) of elevation gain & loss / Highest point:  10,860 feet (3310 meters) / Lowest spot:  9539 feet (2907 meters) / Steepest downhill grade:  29% / Number of log ramps on trail: 7

 

Larry’s DAM ride

Loop / Foothills / Moderate / 30.5 miles (49 km) / 2427 feet (740 meters) elevation gain & loss

 

Latuvi – Benito Juarez – La Neveria

Loop / Mountains / Moderate to difficult / 19.6 miles (31.5 km) / 3663 feet (1116.5 meters) elevation gain & loss / Highest elevation point: 10321 feet (3146 meters)

 

Mil Rios Trail

See entry for “La Cumbre to La Neveria to Tlalixtac to Oaxaca” above. 

 

Mitla

Out & back / Countryside / Moderate to difficult (because of distance) / 60.7 miles (97.7 km) / Elevation gain & loss: 1780 feet (542.5 meters) / Highest point:  5594 feet (1705 meters)

 

Monte Alban

Loop / Foothills / Moderate / 11.3 miles (18.2 km) / 1463 feet (446 meters) elevation gain & loss 

 

Nitos Loop Ride:  Oaxaca – Coyotepec – Rojas de Cuahtémoc – Oaxaca

Loop / Central valley / Moderate to Difficult / 33.0 miles (53.0 km) / 1877 feet (572 meters) elevation gain & loss around the loop

 

Nitos Ride To Huayapam

Loop / Foothills / Moderate to Difficult / 15.0 miles (24.1 km) / 1747 feet ( 532.5 meters) elevation gain & loss

 

Nitos Ride To Tlacolula

Out & back / Countryside / Moderate / 43 miles (69 km) / 640 feet (195 meters) elevation change on the round trip journey

 

Nitos Ride To Tlalixtac

Out & back / Countryside / Moderate / 16.2 miles (26.1 km) / 1007 feet (307 meters) elevation gain & loss on round trip

 

North Etla Valley Loop

Loop / Countryside / Moderate to difficult / 25.5 Miles (41.0 km) / 2844 feet (866.8 meters) elevation gain & loss

 

Oaxaca Flume Trail

Loop / Mountain / Very difficult / 18.0 miles (29.0 km) / 3048 feet (929 meters) elevation gain & loss / Highest Point:  7874 feet (2400 meters)

 

Oaxaca Mountain Bike Race Courses

Information about many of the locations around Oaxaca used for mountain bike races – either closed-course loops or point-to-point marathon races – just in case you want to participate as either a rider or a spectator.

 

Oaxaca to Guacamayas

Round trip / Countryside & mountains / Difficult / 43.3 miles (69.7 km) / 4171 feet (1271.3 meters) climb & descent / High point:  8827 feet (2690 meters)

 

Oaxaca to Juquila Pilgrims’ Route

One way multi-day ride / Cross country / Difficult / 123 miles (199 km) / 9314 feet (2839 meters) elevation gain

 

Oaxaca to Tlacolula

Out & back / Countryside / Moderate / 43 miles (69 km) / 640 feet (195 meters) elevation change on the round trip journey

 

Ocotlan

Loop / Countryside / Moderate to Difficult / 63.9 miles (102.8 km) / 3582 feet (1091.8 meters) elevation gain & loss

 

Rojas de Cuahtemoc

Out & back / Countryside / Easy / 23.1 miles (37.2 km) / 1185 feet (361 meters) elevation gain

 

San Agustin Etla

Loop / Countryside / Moderate / 31 miles (45 km) / 2067 feet (630 meters) gain & loss

 

San Agustin Etla Hydroelectric Plant & Aqueduct

Loop / Mountains / Difficult / 8.9 miles (14.3 km) / 2034 feet (617 meters) elevation gain & loss / elevation at start: 5757 feet (1755 meters) / highest point: 7097 feet (2163 meters)

 

San Bartolo Coyotepec – Zaachila – Cuilapam

Loop / Countryside / Moderate / 32 miles (51.5 km) / 1425 feet (4223 meters) elevation gain & loss

 

San Cristobal Loop

Loop / Countryside & Foothills / Moderate  /  16.6 miles (26.7 kms) / 2675 feet (815 meters) elevation gain & loss on the loop / Highest point: 7226 feet (2202 meters)  / Lowest point:  5196 feet (1584 meters)

 

San Dionisio de Ocotlan

Round trip / Countryside / Moderate (but long) / 52.7 miles (87.8 km) / 2395 feet (730 meters) elevation gain & loss on round trip

 

San Felipe del Agua – East Side Loop

Loop / Foothills / Difficult / 9.8 miles (15.8 km) / 2482 feet (765.5 meters) elevation gain & loss / Highest elevation point: 6906 feet (2105 meters)

 

San Felipe del Agua Trail Network

Loop / Foothills / Moderate / 14.7 mlles (23.6 km) / 2146 feet (654 meters) elevation gain & loss / Highest elevation point:  6306 feet (1922 meters)

 

San Felipe del Agua – West Side Loop

Loop / Foothills / Moderate / 7.9 miles (12.7 km) / 1750 feet (533.4 meters) elevation gain & loss / Highest elevation point: 6440 feet (1963 meters)

 

San Felipe Sampler

Several loops / Foothills / Moderate to Difficult / 8.2 miles (13.2 km) / 1418 fee (432 meters) elevation gain & loss / Highest point:  6209 feet (1892 meters)

 

San Felipe Tejalapam To Santa Maria Ponelos

Out & back / Mountains / Difficult / 31.0 miles (50.0 km) / 4335 feet (1321 meters) elevation gain & loss / Highest elevation point:  8027 feet (2447 meters)

 

San Juan Teitipac

Loop / Countryside / Moderate / 46.1 miles (74.2 km) / 2520 feet (768 meters) elevation gain & loss

 

San Lorenzo Cacaotepec to Jalapa del Valle

Out & back / Countryside / Easy to moderate / 17.2 miles (27.7 km) / 1166 feet (355.4 meters) gain & loss

 

San Pablo Cuatro Venados

Out & back / Mountains / Very diifficult / 48.5 miles (78 km) / 6326 feet (1928 meters) elevation gain / Highest elevation point: 9283 feet (2829 meters)

 

San Pablo Etla

Loop / Foothills / Moderate / 25.2 miles (40.5 km) / 3370 feet (1027 meters) elevation gain & loss

 

San Pablo Etla Mountain Park – Loop One

Loop / Foothills / Moderate to difficult / 12.4 miles (20 km) / 3370 feet (1027 meters) elevation gain & loss / Highest elevation point: 6762 feet (2061 meters)

 

San Pablo Etla Mountain Park – Loop Two

Loop / Foothills / Moderate / 8.6 miles (13.8 km) / 1851feet (564 meters) elevation gain & loss

 

San Pablo Etla Mountain Park – Loop Three

Loop / Foothills / Moderate / 9.1 miles (14.6 km) / 2164 feet (660 meters) elevation gain & loss /  highest elevation point:  6787 feet (2069 meters)

 

San Pablo Etla – Loop Four

Loop / Foothills / Moderate / 6.0 miles (9.65 km) / 1002 feet (305 meters) elevation gain & loss / Highest point: 6000 feet (1829 meters) / Lowest point: 5500 feet (1676 meters)

 

San Pablo Guila

Combination loop and out-and-back / Foothills / Difficult / 8.1 miles (13.0 km) / 1588 feet (484 meters) elevation gain & loss / Highest point:  6599 feet (2011.4 meters) / Requires shuttle from Oaxaca to San Pablo and back

 

San Pedro Ixtlahuaca Loop

Loop / Foothills / Difficult / 20.5 miles (33 km) / 2644 feet (806 meters) elevation gain & loss

 

San Sebastian Teitipac

Out & back / Countryside / Easy to moderate / 44 miles (70.8 km) / 1498 feet (456.6 meters) elevation gain

 

Santa Ines del Monte

Out & back / Countryside / Difficult / 38 miles (61 km) / 3060 feet (932.7 meters) elevation gain & loss

 

Santiago Ixtaltepec

Loop / Countryside / Easy to moderate / 28.9 miles (46.5 km) / 1377 feet (419.7 meters) elevation gain

 

Santo Domingo Tomaltepec – Krotalus Bike Shop Ride

Out & back / Countryside / Easy to moderate / 23.5 miles (37.8 km ) / 1240 feet (378 meters) elevation gain / Has up to 14 stream crossings! You will get wet!

 

Santo Domingo Tomaltepec – Summit Cyclery Shop Ride

Out & back / Countryside / Easy to moderate / 25.2 miles / 1240 feet gain & loss

 

Santo Tomas Tomaltepec to San Felipe Tejalápam

Out & back / Countryside / Easy to moderate / 11.7 miles (18.8 kms) / 1621 feet (494 meters) elevation gain & loss / Country roads, farm fields, singletrack and dry wash / High point:  6110 feet (1862 meters)

 

Sunday in Huayapam

Loop ride / Countryside / Moderate / 18.9 miles (30.4 km) / 1772 feet (540 meters) elevation gain and loss on the circuit / High point:  5714 feet (1741.6 meters)

 

Teotitlan del Valle

Out & back / Countryside / Moderate / 34.6 miles (55.7 km) / 1121 feet (342 meters) elevation gain

 

Tlacochahuaya

Out & back / Countryside / Easy to moderate / 31 miles (50 km) / 1766 feet (538 meters) elevation gain

 

Tlacolula Loop

Loop / Countryside /  Moderate / 41 miles (66 km) / 640 feet (195 meters) elevation gain & loss

 

Tlalixtac

Out & back / Countryside / Moderate / 13.7 miles (22.0 km) round trip [ 24.5 miles (39.4 km) if ride starts at Zócalo in Oaxaca ] / 1283 feet (391 meters) elevation gain & loss / Highest point: 6458 feet (1968 meters)

 

Trail 204

Point to point / Mountains / Moderate to difficult / Downhill all the way / 5.3 miles (8.5 km) one way / 2711 feet (826 meters) loss in elevation / Shuttle required

 

Tule

Out & back / Countryside / Easy / 19.1 miles (30.7 km) / 1063 feet (324 meters) elevation gain

 

Zegache to Ocotlan

Out & back / Countryside / Easy / 12.4 miles (20.0 km) / 161 feet (49 meters) loss & gain

 

Got a favorite mountain bike ride of your own — some place to spend the day with friends, or a backcountry valley to spin silently and alone through? If you have any you’d like to share, use the contact form to tell us about. If available, please provide us a GPS data file (e.g. GPX, KML). And don’t forget to share your thoughts, suggestions, questions or other helpful info on any of these rides.

 

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