This full-day loop has some stiff climbs, rushing descents, and stunning views along the way. Most of the route follows dirt or paved roads, but there is a section of fun little singletrack and a unique option to take a zip line.
There are a number of spots to purchase food and drinks, but those are mostly during the first half of the ride, so come prepared. Make sure to bring $7 USD to pay for the zip line!
From the town of La Ceja, head south on the paved road for just over 5.0 miles of steady climbing to reach the Los Saltos Access Road
. This dirt road will follow a rolling descent to the Los Saltos Park
where you can enjoy lunch and beverages. If you brought an additional $7 USD and are feeling adventurous, and you should be, you can purchase a ride for you and your bike across the zip line.
During the zip line, riders can enjoy great views over the river and nearby waterfall. If you're not feeling up for this, it's possible to double back to the road and pick up this ride at the end of the El Guaico - Colmenas Road
Otherwise, once on the other side, settle in for a dirt road pedal with an assortment of punchy climbs and descents surrounded by great views.
At the intersection with the paved road, head right and climb to the Forest Singletrack
. This short trail travels through the trees, between fields and alongside a little river. You may encounters logs between various farm boundaries, but these are easy to scramble over.
Next, the Casa Grande to Don Quijote Road
follows a steady climb to get out of the canyon. Eventually, this road will bring riders to the Don Quijote gas station on Route 56 (just west of a little town called La Union).
Head left on the paved road for several miles of descending and one moderate climb all the way back down to La Ceja where you started.