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Bonnet Carre Spillway

Average Rating:    (3.42 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 33

There is one main loop connected with the original ATV trail and new sections that have been branched out. There are directional arrows and "flagging" which are intended to direct the rider in a clockwise direction. The very first loop is designed for beginners and is very easy riding - as you go farther in, the trails become more technical, however there are no obstacles that are impassible by even the most inexperienced rider. Please be mindful of other slower trail users and call out or ring a bell when approaching blind corners or intersections. Currently, one complete loop is approximately 4.5 miles. Future plans to cut new trail are in progress - the trail has potential to grow into 12+ mile system. For further trail or club information please contact Stu at Contact email is nomambo@gmail.com | New website is: www.nomambo.net

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Latitude
30.02213803127762
Longitude
-90.40735244750977
Trail Directions
From N.O.: take I-10 west and exit onto I-310 south. From I-310, exit on to Airline Hwy (Hwy 61) west and head toward Norco. Just past the Shell Gas station on the left there will be signs for the Bonnet Care Spillway directing you to turn right onto the levee road. From there you can see the boat launch - park there and look to the north along the canal. The large bulletin board marks the trail head.

From B. R.: take I-10 east and exit heading south onto the 2nd LaPlace exit which is Hwy 51. Hwy 51
Trail Length
4.5 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Norco
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Review Date
August 2, 2013

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: PCinSC ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Ugh.

Was looking for a short off-road ride while visiting NO in July 2013, This trail was a mess. Neither the website (http://www.nomambo.net/) nor the trailhead kiosk noted that the trail was closed, but it should've been. It was a mudfest

Full disclosure, I only made it five minutes into the woods before a near-faceplant in a disgusting mud puddle convinced me to turn around. There were mutliple trees down in the short section that I rode as well. Once out of the woods I spun for 20 minutes on the gravel road that parallels the spillway to at least get a short workout in.

Maybe I'm an idiot for driving an hour from where I was staying in Slidell to check this trail out (OK, I definitely am an idiot) but I had high hopes. And maybe when the trail is dry and in a positive maintenance cycle it would be a worthwhile trip.

I guess I just wish the trail was better monitored so that visitors and locals alike could ascertain trail status before making the drive over.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Not a MTB trail, but the http://www.tammanytrace.org/ rail-trail is a nice, easy ride stretching from Slidell to Mandeville and then heading north.



Comments
ratboy (10/02/2013)
First, the website is hardly ever used anymore. Also, we have been getting so much rain, that the trail has been closed most of the summer. If you would like info on the trail, go to our facebook page. facebook.com/nomambo there is a banner as soon as you go on the page that will tell you if the trail is open or closed. You can ask any one in the area, our trail is one of the best maintained in the state. Sorry you had a bad experience.
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Review Date
January 25, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: cruzcontrol ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
A little over 6 miles of mostly flat twistys and technical riding. This trail has a few log overs, skinnys, bridges and nice rhythm. It is well maintained and is as hard as you want to push.

Recommended Route:
only one route in a loop clockwise. map at the trailhead

Other recommended trails in the same area:
comite in baton rouge



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Review Date
June 22, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: wilputman ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Short and flat for the most part, lots of fun if riding it fast but not alot to it. For New Orleans area this is about it as far as I know. Its set up well and its maintained well. Several areas have wood structurs that make it more challenging. We enjoyed it and will keep riding it as long as im in the area.

Recommended Route:
Clock wise only, follow the signs,go left at the concrete pipe jump then turn right on the levee road to finish it up.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Only trail I have ridden in La so far.



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Review Date
February 9, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ratboy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
if you haven't ridden here in awhile, you need to ride it. it is the best shape it has probably ever been in. there have been a bunch of berms added to a few sections that are very fun. also, the trail has been extended by 1 mile.

Recommended Route:
clockwise

Other recommended trails in the same area:
comite, mt. zion, clear springs, butt's park



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Review Date
July 4, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: stumonky ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I know it’s easy for riders to come and ride the trail and see no one else there, over-growth of the summer months and think the trail is ‘neglected’ – not even close to say the least. The trail is ridden daily, and on the weekends the traffic is more (especially in the early morning and late evenings).

The trail has fully recovered from Katrina and has been for some time (actually not long after the storm passed the trail was rebuilt).

Like any wooded area in south Louisiana, daily storms and rain keep the trail in its worse condition. There have been several people who have chain sawed fallen trees recently and currently the only thing needed on the trail is peel back the normal summer growth of face-slappers.

In contrast to the previous poster, this trail is well supported by NOMAMBO, please check our website (www.nomambo.com) and our forum before posting uninformed reviews to the status of the trail. If we had as much enthusiasm in workdays as we do in people who complain of the trail in summer months we’d have the cleanest trail ever!

Recommended Route:
Recently the prefered route is using the last Scramble race route that was held back in April: Begin near the pond in the front of the park (over the triangle grating bridge), when you get tot he first right-of-way cross over to the small bridge acrss the ditch to enter and ride the trail from the left to right or 'clockwise' direction. When return to the same first right-of-way turn towards the levee to climb up the levee to take the shell road back into the park. Approx. 5 miles 1 lap, intermediate riders should be able ride a lap about 30 mins or less.

Mosquitoes are not bad this year (keep your fingers crossed), humidty has been killer so ride early morning or late evening - bring water! Stay on the trail to avoid the abundance of poisonous plants.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you live here, you should know. If you don't, check with a LBS. Eastbank Cyclery on Esplanade in Metairie are the local experts, ask for Eric.



Comments
gouren (07/04/2007)
After talking with stumonky and others at NOMAMBO, I stand joyfully corrected on the activity at the Spill Way. Like stumonky pointed out, it is easy to draw the conclusion that a trail is not maintained this time of the year. It was not my intent to be critical, only to point out that they could use some support to help mainting the trails. These trails do take time to build and maintain and the wood fairies don't do it.


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