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blueBlack Caffeine Trail #716

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3.1 mile 4.9 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 37' 11 m
Descent: -1,063' -324 m
High: 4,830' 1,472 m
Low: 3,805' 1,160 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)


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Berms, jumps, rocks, rolls... and views! This is a MERA favorite.

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May 21, 2018
Paula Churchill
Awesome downhill, great views, large section of wildflowers in late May.

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Best downhill trail on the MERA trail system. A good mix of fast and flowy to tight technical sections. Should be downhill only but it doesn't have that much traffic. Recommend taking Zig Zag to Depends to the top, or riding the road. Apr 8, 2017
Caffeine Trail 716: Preferred direction of travel is west to east. • Technical Rating: Black, technical with some Blue short bypasses, which are moderately technical. • Conditioning Rating: Moderately strenuous (West to East, descending), very strenuous (East to West, ascending). • Trail Attributes: Narrow to moderately wide singletrack. Fast and technical. Banked/bermed corners, moderate grade reversals, serious jumps, natural and man-made rollers, imbedded rock sections, exposure, rock drops, off camber corners, loose soils. • Highlights: Serious fun downhill with views!!!! Very high “giggle factor,” and this trail will challenge you—ascending or descending. • Access points: o Upper Igo Trailhead (best for downhill return!!!). Hotshot Trail 726 to MERA Loop Trail 725 to Slammer Trail or Zig Zag Trail junction to Depends Trail 775 to MERA Road 202 (double track) to start of Caffeine Trail. Caffeine Trail to MERA Loop Trail 725 turn right go ¼ mile to Whoopsy Doo Trail 745 to MERA Loop and go south or right (lower return loop) to Skills Trail 727—enjoy serious downhill berms and jumps on Whoopsy Doo and Skills Slalom—drops you at Upper Igo Trailhead. o Owsley Canyon Trailhead: MERA Loop Trail 724 to Caffeine Trail 716 climb up Caffeine Trail—it’s a grunt but awesome. Or follow route described above starting at Slammer Trail or Zig Zag Trail. Caffeine Trail to MERA Loop Trail 725 turn right and return to Owsley Canyon Trailhead. o For serious vertical and black diamond downhill—with a view—stay on MERA Road 202 to Doing Time Trail 789/ATV 371 Grande Overlook, and bomb down Caffeine Trail. Or shuttle it—need a front wheel drive car with good ground clearance minimum (I made it in my GEO Metro.) Mar 14, 2018
Pretty hard to beat. Awesome views, rippin speeds, nice table tops and berm sections. I like to link it to woopsydoo and pebbles all the way to the valley. That makes a long downhill with some short pedal sections and a ton of variety. May 7, 2018

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