This trail is the mecca of mountain bikers in Mexico City, Its very high 9000+ ft, very wet in the summer, and dry in fall-spring, pine forest, This is the main trail that leads to many other destinations, starts off as a long moderate climb on a fire road, and all the way has all type of trails absolutely everything, singletrack, dowhill, climbs, you name it, by far the most popular trail or route to do down here, and just 15 minutes away from the city, excellent weather and riding conditions all year long, highly recomendable.
Get the highway to toluca (west), its just outside the city, right where the free highway connects the fee highway, El Desierto de Los Leones is a well known park, anyone shall have no problems finding it, once entering the main road about, 3 miles. just ask
Summary: I do not recommend this trail due to the lack of safety. I was robbed of a brand-new Super V500 at gunpoint while riding with a friend. There were cops at the foot of the trail (about 3kms away). It is really too bad because the park is excellent training due to the high-altitude. However, I do not plan to return since my experience there was frightful and expensive!!!!
Recommended Route: Recommend do not ride due to robberies.
Other recommended trails in the same area: I recommend driving 30 min further and riding Nevado de Toluca. High-altitude training at 12000ft and above. Keep in mind that alpine weather may be encountered, so come prepared with warm clothes, food and water...
Review Date May 11, 2001
Overall Rating 1 of 5
Ridden Trail: Ridden Once
Visitors rate this review 5.00 of 5,
Reviewed by: Nacho
, from Mexico City
Recommended Route: I STRONGLY recommend all mountain bikers to stay away from this area. Unfortunately it is so close to Mexico City that bike theft is a serious concern. There have been occurences of armed robbery to groups as large as 17 bikers! Unfortunately the less informed newcomers to this sport find this to be the obvious place to ride and too often suffer the consequences.
Other recommended trails in the same area: I would recommend the enclosed area of San Nicols Totolapan (a.k.a. El Ajusco) or Chiluca for those of us on the northern part of Mexico City
Review Date April 29, 2001
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Ridden Trail: Every few months
Reviewed by: Alger Gonzalez
, from Houston TX
Summary: You simply can't believe you are 15 mins. away from one of the largest cities in the world. High altitude makes the ride a great training spot and is sure to make you sweat quite a lot even in the cool climate is has almost year round (70) so don't forget to pack extra water. After the ride, weekends only, try the quesadillas at the convent near to where you parked your car. Great trail, a must if you are down there!
Recommended Route: Cruz Blanca.
Review Date October 6, 1999
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Ridden Trail: Please Select
Reviewed by: Julio Silva
, from Mex City
Summary: Starts off in the main dirt fire road, a long moderate climb, after 5 miles becomes flat, but its mostly climbing, the trail keeps changing from flat singletrack to steep climbs, once you get to the midpoint that is where the Lady that sells quesadillas. Thats the place where its either to la Marquesa or to El Cerro San Miguel. If we go to La Marquesa, its mostly flat, singletracks and fire roads, its about 20 miles long. Lots of pine trees and high altitude riding. A lot of these trails are used for XC competitions.
Recommended Route: This trail takes you basically to 2 directions, to la Marquesa, a national park that is connected to El Desierto de Los Leones, or a high altitude climb to the seventh highest peak in Mexico, which is El Cerro San Miguel at 11.500 ft above sea level. This trail is used by the president of Mexico and its kept in good conditions always
Other recommended trails in the same area: To El Cerro San Miguel 100%! Its a 12 mile climb starting at 2400meters all the way to 3700meters, awesome vista, also from this trail there are many other trails that can be taken leading to other places, these are the mountains that surround Mexico City.