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Las Catalinas Main Loop

Intermediate
 4.3 (11) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A purpose built singletrack through coastal hills with dramatic ocean views and great flow.


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11.2

Miles

18.0

KM

90%

Singletrack

392' 119 m

High

70' 21 m

Low

1,310' 399 m

Up

1,309' 399 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

This is world class singletrack with great flow, plenty of topography, and dramatic ocean views. Perhaps the best tropical seaside singletrack anywhere. Twenty-two kilometers of bike trail as of April 2016, plus some hiking-only trails.

The full-service bike shop, Pura Vida Ride, has rentals and is located very close to the trailhead. The loop is part of Las Catalinas, a beautiful pedestrian town on the beach that has many options for food, drink, and lodging.

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Need to Know

In the dry season, November through April, riding is best here early in the morning or after 3:30 in the afternoon as the midday sun is intense. Early morning is beautiful, as is late afternoon.

In rainy season, timing is more flexible. Mornings are generally clear and afternoons may be cloudy with possible rain. Morning riding is still generally the best plan.

Description

This loop takes in most, but not all, of the Las Catalinas trail system trails. It can be ridden in either direction, but is more commonly ridden clockwise. There is lots of great flowing singletrack, and many dramatic viewpoints.

The main hazard along this ride are steep sideslopes, of which there are many. Though not cliffs, these slops are places where you could go for a long tumble. As some area pros have said, "...the trail is not hard, but it is hard to go fast!"

History & Background

Construction of these trails started in 2009, and they have been developing since. The first portions of Las Catalinas, the town, opened in 2010. Further trail development is ongoing.

Shared By:

Charles Brewer with improvements by James M and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 11 votes

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  4.3 from 11 votes
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Photos

Swooping switchbacks with an ocean view make for an awesome ride!
Jan 11, 2017 near Sardinal, CR
This is what a typical day in Las Catalinas can look like.
Jan 11, 2017 near Sardinal, CR
Looking for natural jumps and rollers or maybe some banked back slope?
Jan 11, 2017 near Sardinal, CR
From the annual Guanaride multi-day stage race.
May 3, 2016 near Sardinal, CR
Overlooking McHenry Ridge on Zapotal.
Jan 11, 2017 near Sardinal, CR
Heading up switchback on Punta Guachipelines.
Apr 15, 2016 near Sardinal, CR

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Aug 9, 2019
Jason Zerbe
11.2mi — 3h 00m
May 8, 2019
Jscextreme Connelly
Oct 9, 2018
Hung Hau
10mi
Feb 17, 2018
Jordan Beard
Jul 8, 2016
Dave Reed
Flowy to a fault but the amazing views more than make up for the lack of much technical terrain. 22.4mi — 3h 30m
May 5, 2016
Neal Herman