It starts with a VERY technical, Very short singletrack that has a 4 to 10 feet "hole" (which I once fell into) that goes along the left side of the trail, this leads you to a open rocky-sandy with short steep climbs that brings you to the beggining of a hill which is the STARTING POINT of the STEEPEST climb possible to a well-abled mountain biker, the thing is STEEP and full of "cracks", your legs start to burst and you start to feel dizzy, but you must keep going or it'll be harder to start from the middle, at the same time you must be very careful of the extremely eroded parts and the smallest obstacles or you loose your momentum and fall (at this point you don't have strenght to clip out), after this 3 very intense minutes (if you don't stop even once) you get to a beatiful pine forest, here you have two choices (right or left, they all take you to the USB or Universidad Simon Bolivar), either you go down the fire road (30 mph in a XC rig) which is kind of like the "KAMIKAZE" classic, OR you take the short cut (My favorite part), which starts with THE STEEPEST, MOST EXTREME, MOST VERTICAL, descent EVER, there is no "braking" you just lock your wheels and start sliding all over the place, you literally have to sit in the rear wheel at some points, and the thing is full of cracks and ditches from the erosion, it is really cool until you get down and find you must climb to the top of the next hill, which is where I usually hit hard on the water and have a PowerBar enjoying the beatiful view of the valleys. After lunch we get back on our bikes and head to the next section which is very similar to the "KAMIKAZE" thing I told you about, it is like 8-10 feet wide with lots of curves and switchbacks, when you get to the USB you start your way back up on the other side of the mountain which is the KAMIKAZE thing I told you about, it is a pretty long climb that requires a very low gear and which really takes your breath away. When you get back to the top you decide if you want to make another lap or just go down the first climb (my second favorite part), to the open space, thru the singlatrack, to your car....
Reviewed by: Luis del Castillo
, from Caracas, Venezuela
Summary: You have there an excellent description of the trail!! it is really very technical, and when it rains, most of the times the trail changes so the next time you come and ride it you have to be aware of the changes on the singletrack, there will be new holes so youll have to change your approach to the track. Like it was explained the first half is sandy and rocky and also very dry, youll definitely sweat like crazy!!but once you reach the top besides having an amazing view of the city, the scenery changes to a pine forest so itll be nice and cool, very rewarding after that long and hard climb!! I usually ride it all the way to USB and back, but you can do it several different ways and enjoy it as well, and if you feel like training a lot then you can ride all the way up to the neighbourhood (Manzanares) which is very high up a mountain and then ride the trail but some people might think is overkill, because not only youll have to ride up to the place then youll have to face that VERY STEEP climb, but Hey who are we to judge, were supposed to be having fun , right?
Recommended Route: same as described by the other riders.
Other recommended trails in the same area: El Jarillo, Paulinos, Pajaritos(Avila)
Review Date February 23, 2000
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Reviewed by: Fernando Guerrero
, from Caracas Venezuela
Summary: This trail is very fun to ride and very technical at the same time. It has steep slopes, flats and nice weather most of the year. The slopes are all cracked due to erosion and can be difficult up and downhill. The trail conects with the Universidad Simn Bolvar and can continue for a good 2 to 3 hours or more depending on the skill and on how far you whant to get. It also has one of the more extreme downhill slopes I have ever seen and can take you to up to 35kph to 45kph with the cracks and all!.
Recommended Route: Get on a plane to Caracas and go to Manzanares.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Caracas is a beautifull valley surrounded by mountains. Trails can be found in less than an hour by car, also El Jarillo is a good option for a 5 hour ride, it leads to a damn where you can chill for a while and get back on course.
Review Date July 8, 1999
Overall Rating 3 of 5
Ridden Trail: Ridden Once
Reviewed by: Pedro P Len
, from Maracay, Venezuela
Summary: Good for 1 1/2 hour training in the city. Very nice view on top of the road.
Recommended Route: Is ok if you live in Caracas, there you do not have too much alternatives.
Other recommended trails in the same area: El Cedral, Pie del Cerro-La Colonia Tovar, El Aguacate, El Cajon.