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© JGRR 2005

© JGRR 2005

DOWN THE WALL, AND FOREST FIRE ROAD

T H E   W A L L !

 
 
 
 

GENERAL INFORMATION

SPECIFIC INFORMATION  -  MTB / ATB
   ENTRANCE FEE    FREE   TYPE

 SINGLE-TRACK
FIRE ROAD

COMPETTITION
Clásico Bosque Adentro
 / Survivor

    PARKING

  FREE

  NAME

S U S Ú A NOT  MARKED
   BUSINESS HOURS

 M-F:  7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat-Sun & Holidays:
9am - 5pm

  DISTANCE

MEDIUM

About 6.3 miles
(not confirmed)

   CITY   SABANA GRANDE

  TECHNICAL 
  KNOWLEDGE
  REQUIRED

MEDIUM

EASY - MORE DIFICULT
6 / 10 

   ADDRESS Road. #2  Take exit 183
to Sabana Grande.  Then take Carr 368 to Km. 2.1
  AEROBIC LEVEL   

GOOD

7 / 10
   PHONE #   N / A   HEIGHT GAIN

100 - 210 meters

Single Track  in the River:  Flat.
 in the mountains ...

   SIZE

  1336.4 ha
(3,341 Cuerdas)

  WATER NEEDS

DRY FOREST

   TEMPERATURES   75 ° F  AVERAGE   THORNS? 

  THORN COUNTRY

 
   FOREST TYPE PARTS WET,
PARTS VERY DRY
  RISKS

DEHYDRATION

INSOLATION  
   WHAT TO SEE?  CAMPING AREA, RIVER, DRY FOREST  COURSE SPEED 

NORMAL  TO FAST  

   WEB SITE  Sorry, Died!   EXTRA
  FEATURES

2 RIVER CROSSINGS

 

   FAMILY FUN

 YES  SATELITE PHOTO 

WEATHER

Hit Counter

            SPEED INDEX:     (Sluggish ) ( in Between ) (Slow ) ( Parts Slow, Parts Fast ) (Fast )(Veeerry Fast  )

            WATER INDEX:     CAMEL = 1 BOTTLE 20 onz
            THORN INDEX:
                  0 THORNS =  LOW PROBABILITY:              You get a flat by an act of God, or by using tubes fully covered by old patches! 
                  5 THORNS =  HIGH PROBABILITY:              You better take patches, extra tubes, slime or liner like  Mr Tuffy!


 
 
 

HOW TO GET THERE!   (GOOGLE MAP)
     The easiest way:   when you arrive to Sabana Grande, take exit 183 towards the town (at your right  if you are coming from Ponce).  If you are coming from Mayagüez take the exit to your right, and at the top of the bridge, turn left.  This road is short (1.5 hm.) and ends in a T with Road 121, here turn left.  In the fourth intersection, at your right, should be the Francisco Mariano Quinón Road, turn right.  This road will take you to the Liborio Lopez Avenue (Road 368).  Follow this road up to  Km. 2.1.  When you find the Juan I. Vega School (at your left), you will be close to the forest entrance road.  You will find the Forest sign at your left.   You should stay alert because this sign is very easy to miss.  If you find road 367, well ... make a U turn because you had missed the entrance.  The road that takes you to the forest is a very small one indeed, looks more like a single lane than a two.  The distance from the entrance to the visitor center is 3.6 miles.

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
    This route is very easy to learn, but I recommend that for your first visit you should be with someone that knows it very well! My friend’s consensus is that this route has lots of  features (not necessarily the single track ones).  The road that takes you to the Singletrack follows the river gallery; you will be under the tree shadows, but will suffer the high humidity.  Once in the mountain section you will not find tall tress, so no cool shadows but a very hot and dry forest (I am sure that the average 24° C are not from this part of the mountain).  For most part this route is very fast, no too technical, but demands a very good physical condition.  I not recommend it for people starting in MTBiking, at least should had run 15 road miles several times.

Mapa de Susúa, © JGRR 2005



SINGLETRACK:
     Exit the visitor center area and take the paved road at your left, this is the one that takes to the camping area.  You will find a gate; it has an opening at the right side.  In about one mile this road will lose the pavement and every minute it will become smaller.  Then you will find a small stream, cross it, and for some time you all ready had been inside the single track. This trail has no detours, until it finishes in front of the river.  To get to the other side of the trail... you have to cross the river.  The next entry point is 10 meters down river.  This last part is a little tricky, because I had found a couple of trails that finishes in front of the river, but any way, the next entrance is 10 m following the stream.  When in the river, look toward the tree canopy because the route has been marked using red flagging tape, hanging from the branches.
     If you already found the entrance, I got you a surprise, a big surprise.  If you take a look a t the map, at the second river crossing, you will notice that the height changes from 100 m a 200 m, in other words you have to climb very steep a 100 meters hill.   Dry well your shoes, and as a friend of mine says ... "light bikes are made that way to carry them easily in the hills!  If you are already in the top (and still hasn't died yet), you will find a fire road made of lose gravel and lots of small boulders, go to the right.  You will climb several small hills, and then you will find the "Wall".  Thank God the route is down hill, but the angle is close to 70 degrees, even at foot is challenging.  After that the trail is very good and wide.  It has a lot of hills, followed by short down hills.  This trail finishes when you find a Green Gate that connects with the main road (Carretera Principal).  Probably you recognized this road, because this is the one used to arrive to the visitor center.  This is a long and very fast down hill.  Once in the visitor center drink lots of water or sports drinks wile thinking if you have the guts to make another run!

NOTE 1:
    
An alternate way, and way more fun for me, is to run the route in reverse sense.  In other words, climb the Road HILL, then take the Fire Road, and let the singletrack for the end.    But you should have to warm very well for the Loooong Hill.  The big advantage is that now you will face relatively long downhill, followed by short climbs.  The 300 feet climb, now is a 300' descend.  You will travel the Singletrack up river now, it will descend slowly toward the visitor center ( a lot better than slowly ascending ).

NOTE 2:
     
When the route hasn’t be used much, mainly during the rainy season, the trail is full of tall grasses that impedes bike traffic in the singletrack.  You can use the trail, but you have to push the grasses away.


FAMILY FUN:
    
This forest is excellent for the ones that travel with their families.  If you don't like places with lots of people, this is your site.  The temperature in the Visitor Center (Centro de Visitantes) is very good.   They are huts with picnic tables, water and rest rooms.  They are space for the kids to play and run bicycles safely.  The forest has a camping area but is not used or maintained very often, but is a very nice one and is close to the river.  If you are lucky enough to camp there let me warn you, it may be classified as a Dry Forest, but during the night the wind comes from the mountains and is verrrrry cold.   The paved road that takes you to the Singletrack is closed to the traffic, so is very safe for the kids.  Check the photo that follows, so you can have an idea!




Paved Road (closed to trafic).  Takes to the camping area an the  SINGLETRACK!



( june 5,  2005:  Translated september 05)

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