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Markham Park Full Lap

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A classic full lap of the trail system including all intermediate and advanced trails.


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8.2

Miles

13.2

KM

75%

Singletrack

19' 6 m

High

6' 2 m

Low

138' 42 m

Up

138' 42 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

3%

Max Grade (2°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Trails are closed a few times a year during certain holidays and during special events or races.

Overview

This "full lap" takes riders on nearly every trail throughout the park. There isn't a lot of change in elevation, but the terrain changes frequently from classic singletrack, to rock gardens, fast flowly berms, or steep technical climbs and descents. There's also a pump track and small freeride/dirt jump area. In addition to these traditional biking trails, a number of wider and more gradual adaptive trails have been introduced that are designed specifically for offroad hand-cranked bikes.

Need to Know

  • Broward County Parks and Recreation requires all riders to first visit the park office (near the park entrance) to view a safety video, sign a waiver, and purchase an access card. Trail Access Cards are $25+tax per year or $5+tax per day.
  • Occasionally an alternate entrance located on the west side of the park is used. Large signs will be posted at the four-way stop at the entrance alerting visitors where to go.

Description

From the parking area, make your way to the start of the Warm Up Loop across from the pump track. Like the name implies, this intermediate trail does a great job of getting riders ready for the more challenging trails to come (there's also an Advanced Option that splits off near the start and then crosses over the trail). Pretty soon you'll emerge from the woods back at the pump track.

Turn right and then left to catch Deep Dark Forest for a winding singletrack with plenty of roots. Just before it ends, turn left on Rock Garden for some technical rock work and a few drops (you could continue on Deep Dark Forest as a bypass if inclined). Directly across from the rough exit of Rock Garden is the start of Armadillo that changes up the pace with some short climbs followed by fast and flowing berms.

Next, hang a left across the clearing to follow the advanced ridgeline of Iguana Ridge, complete with an optional drop. The ridge quickly drops onto the Fishing Hole Loop for a casual pedal near the lake. Follow this up with the Iguana Ridge Return that leads into the Red Back Trail.

The Red Back Trail gets things started with a skinny and keeps things coming with short, winding climbs and punchy descents. Keep pedaling forwards to take the Traverse Trail to the Supercross Connector West. Then take an immediate right onto Area 51 for some fun drops and big berms before it connects on to the optional Pipeline wooden bridge.

The bridge feeds back onto Area 51 which, in turn, feeds into Supercross. Take the optional detour onto Las Olas to arrive back on Supercross just before it ends across from Outback. Halfway through Outback, make the left onto Upback for some more challenges that lead into the Whale Trail (you can bypass these harder options by staying on Outback and then making a right on the access road to the narrow clearing).

Cross over the narrow clearing and pick up the start of the Gunrange Trail on the right. This winding trail explores the north end of the park and features some steep g-outs and rowdy fun. Eventually, it exits out next to where it started and riders can pedal back across the clearing to pick up the start of Boomerang.

You'll barely spend any time on Boomerang because the next right leads to the Outback Return and then the optional Outback Return Extension. The extension feeds back onto Outback Return before connecting to Turtle Slide. Next, rake the split on the right for Double Cross and then the next split for Crime Scene for some steep, technical climbs and descents. Throw in the optional Jet Ski Hill for good measure and then briefly follow the end of Route 66 Part 1 down to the Twisted Trail.

Twisted Trail ends on the bottom of Semper Fi and at your next intersection, take a right for Lost Ring. Continue along Déjà Vu and then proceed left onto Bermuda Triangle to wind through the trees to Ruben Loop and then a second go on Déjà Vu.

Up next is the challenging Yo Momma that leads to Alligator Alley and Blacksnake for some ramps and drops (look for the Alligator Bypass on the right if you want an easier option). The rowdy trail and features wind down to the Alligator Exit. Just before reaching the road, take a right onto the Route 66 Connector.

Another right starts the pedal along the tight and twisty singletrack of Route 66 Part 1. Overall, this is a pretty easy section, but the corridor can be narrow and there are occasional roots mixed in. Just before the trail connects back to Jet Ski Hill from earlier, take a left to start Route 66 Part 2.

Route 66 Part 2 has some rollovers, punchy g-outs, and mandatory skinnies/ramps. In short, plan on having a good time on this final trail of the full lap. When you emerge from the trees head right and then left onto the main access road back to the park entrance.

History & Background

Markham Park Mountain Bike Trails started over 25 years ago. The area was once used as a rock quarry, and the routes were built through the limestone aggregate that was left behind by the dredging machines. This gave trail builders plenty of varying terrain to work with in an otherwise flat area. The trails are maintained by volunteers under the supervision of Broward County Parks and Recreation with financial assistance from the Markham Park Trail Building Fund.

Contacts

Shared By:

Alexander Olaya with improvements by Chad Stefanko

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 47 votes

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  4.7 from 47 votes
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Photos

New section of our Adaptive Trail designed for handcrank bikes.
Mar 1, 2014 near Weston, FL
Racers take on one of many large berms in the park
Jan 23, 2014 near Weston, FL
Great skills area with a fun skinny that gets smaller and smaller as you ride towards the end!
Mar 17, 2016 near Weston, FL
Tabletop going into Outback.
Mar 1, 2014 near Weston, FL
Great drop with a fun decoration hanging on a tree, pretty fun trail!
Mar 17, 2016 near Weston, FL
Jet Ski Hill
Mar 1, 2014 near Weston, FL

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