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OLD PIPELINE ROAD

Average Rating:    (4.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

It is a rollercoaster type of trail, deep inside the Panamanian rainforest that rises from almost sea level to the top of the mountains (first 20 K), and then down on the other side of the mountains to the hihgest part of Lake Gatun (last 15 k). Then you have to go back.- You will be riding over diferent kinds of surfaces like hard packed sand, dirt, pieces of asphalh (from the old road), rocks, mud, and everything in between. Ninety percent of the trail runs under the shadows of giant tropical trees and it contains its fare share of streams, and river crossings.- This trail is full of wildlife that you will see, heard and enjoy.-
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Latitude
8.985461927760642
Longitude
-79.5904541015625
Trail Directions
30 minutes drive from Panama city to Gamboa at the Panama Canal area. Park your car at the public pool, or in front of the fire department.- Take the main Gamboa road, pass all the houses, and just after the curve you will see the trail entrance to your left.- Take the trail until you get to a locked steel pole gate, which is there to prevent the entry of unathorized motor vehicles (only the scientist from the Smithsoniam Institute have the key) but it is a legal trail for hiking and biking.-
Trail Length
about 35 K in one direction and then back.
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Panama City, Republic of Panama
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
December 26, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: c_xavier29 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Well, I ended up getting tours set up with www.adventuresinpanama.com. I am not sure the other company runs tours for small groups that come to town.

The pipeline tour was a tough ~20 kilometer ride. It was on barely maintained fireroad trail. Lots of uphill and downhill complete with various monkeys, anteaters, butterflies, orchids/plants.

panamanian customs make for a big hassle.

Recommended Route:
there's only one way in and one way out.



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Review Date
November 25, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: MDS , from New Orleans, La/Nelson, B.C.

Summary:
I booked this ride with http://www.extremepanama.com and these guys were absolutely fantastic. If you like a technical and hairy then ride this so-called road during the rainy season. The rocks, bridges, and mud make for some fantastic technical riding. The road has several peaks and valleys throughout its length that test your ability physically. Due to the Jungle's extremely high humidity make sure you bring along a at least a 100 capacity camelback, especially if your not used to this type of climate. Don't expect to come here from Montana and breeze past these trails because your used to riding in high altitude this is a different animal altogether. The wildlife and scenery are unparalleled when riding through this trail. There is a reason that the Smithsonian Institute uses it for reseach--the amount of wildlife here is incredible. And of course be prepared to hear Howler monkeys everywhere. Thank you Luigi Calvo at Extreme Panama.com for showing me this incredible ride. When one of the mountain bike magazines ride this trail they will absolutely call it an epic ride.

Recommended Route:
Parked by a gas station and rode down the highway til we turned right onto a gravel road then proceeded up it til we hit the trail head--a large gate.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None in the same area---The Vein in Nelson, BC.



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Review Date
June 18, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mark Strickland , from Anderson,SC USA

Summary:
I took this route and saw many birds, and saw groups of monkeys, howlers, i had the time of my life learning about the birds and the monkeys and seeing them first hand in the wild. I have never experienced anything like it in my life.

Recommended Route:
Take the gravel road up to where you can see the entrance that has a blockade up and walk from there. from there looking to the right you should see the hills and the signals for the boats that help them line up when traveling thru the canal.



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Review Date
July 6, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Fernando , from Linares

Summary:
This trail is great. It is the best of all trails in the Panama Canal Area.- It runs deep inside the rainforest, beneath a ceiling of giant trees.-The trail is entirely rideable for the average intermediate to advance skilled rider, but you do need to be in a fairly good shape to manage all the altitute changes that this rollercoaster type of trail has.- However, this is such a beautifull place that you will most likely stop more than a couple of times, if not to rest, at least to enjoy the scenery.- This trail is almost entirely cover by the canopy jungle, so you almost never have direct contact with the sun.- However, since Panama is a very hot and humid place, you do need to bring a big camelbank with lots of water and energy food. I also carry some cloro tablest so I can refill my camelbank with water from the lake or from any of the streams.- This trail is always empty, but for the accasional tourist bird watching hiking group, or the Smithsonian Institute scientist that are studing the animals and plants.- You will enjoy the sounds of the rainforest, of the streams and waterfalls. You will drool over the beauty of the flora, full of trees, palms and wild orchids. I can guaranty you will have a close encounter with all kind of animals, multicolor butterflies, a colony of jugle ants, giant centipedes, all kings of birds, like red or yellow headed parrots, guacamayas, Arpia eagles, Tucans, ketzals, all king of primates, ants eating bears, jungle roedors, alligators or ever jaguars (if you are lucky, or not).In a nutshell, this is not just a trail, it is an adventure.

Recommended Route:
Same as in main page

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Trillo del Lagarto (Alligators trail); Plantation trail/Canopy Tower; El Summit area trails; etc.....



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