THE HOLE
E L  H O Y O
P O N C E


 
© MTB-PR.COM 2007

This is lake #5 at 5:45 pm.  just note the dots (people)  at your left.
 Nice view!  Isn't it?


 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

SPECIFIC INFORMATION  -  MTB / ATB
   ENTRANCE FEE  PUBLIC PROPERTY   TYPE

 D I R T  R O A D

NO-COMPETITION
Recreation

    PARKING

 Walmart Super Center

  NAME

EL HOYO (THE HOLE) NOT MARKED
   BUSINESS HOURS N / A

  DISTANCE

MEDIUM

 7.12 miles 
Total of all trails.

   CITY PONCE

  TECHNICAL 
  KNOWLEDGE
  REQUIRED

MEDIUM-HIGH
(2 Serious Downhills)

MORE DIFFICULT
5-7  / 10

   ADDRESS

Cerrillos / El Hoyo

  AEROBIC LEVEL   

HIGH
(All Up Hill)

9-10 / 10
   PHONE # N / A   HEIGHT GAIN

157 - 614 feet 

457 feet

   SIZE Large!   WATER NEEDS

DRY FOREST
Depends of time of Day

  -
   TEMPERATURES FRESH
(March, 5:00 pm)
  THORNS? 

  THORNS, 
A POSIBILITY

  ?
   FOREST TYPE DRY FOREST   RISKS

FALLS  IN DH

 

   WHAT TO SEE?  LAKES, PONCE....  COURSE SPEED 

MOSTLY VERY FAST

   WEB SITE   N / A   EXTRA
  FEATURES

2 DOWN HILLS
SMALL SINGLETRACK

LOTS, AND LOTS OF HILLS
(Good for Training)

   FAMILY FUN

 ?  (Fishing?)   SATELITE PHOTO 

  WEATHER

Hit Counter
 

EL HOYO - MAGELLAN GPS TRACK LOG (ZIP File)

            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 TO ... EL HOYO? 

© 2007 JGRR / www.mtb-pr.com 
Aerial Photo and  Map from Google Maps, all their rights reserved. 


     How to Get There (Google Maps)         * * *  NEW  * * *          El Hoyo 

     From Mayagüez: 
           Drive to Ponce by Road  #2.
           Take the Luis A. Ferré Express (A-52) at Ponce (will be at your right).
           Take exit 98A, this will take you to Road  #10                                                        (1.7 miles, approx.).
           Make a right turn in the next intersection and take Road #14.         
           Must take road Picachos (at your left).                                                                    (0.67 miles)
           Walmart should be at your right (White square with red border in the map)              (0.33 miles)


     From San Juan:  
           You should be on Luis A. Ferré Express (A-52)
           Take Exit 98A (at your left) this will take you to Road #10.                                     (1.7 miles)
           Make a right turn in the next intersection and take Road #14.         
           Must take road Picachos (at your left).                                                                    (0.67 miles)
           Walmart should be at your right (White square with red border in the map)              (0.33 miles)
     

       IMPORTANT:  How to get to Luis A. Ferré Express(A-52).
          After leaving Walmart Super Center and entering road Picachos, to your right (Road. #14)
          As soon as you can take the left lane, the Road #10 exit in a traffic light at your left.  Not at your right as one should
          expect (0.66 miles)

          First exit to your right for Mayagüez or ...
          just continue to the next exit which will take you to San Juan.

 
 

 WHERE TO PARK?
           Usually the MTB Lions use Walmart's parking lot .  Usually they park in the farther area form the store close to one of the corners (at your right if the store is at your back).  The advantage of using this place is that usually is not used by the clients, its safe and has security guards.

 

 




From left to right!
 Jon, (sorry) I forgot the name of the second, Wendell, Gregory, Levante, Coco, friend of Coco!
5:30 p.m.  Walmart Super Center, Road 14, Ponce PR.

 






At top of the lake's dam wall!



In Middle of Nowhere!
   

© 2007 JGRR

 Aerial view of the Trail.
 The trail was marked and created using GPS Track Maker on a Google Earth map.
Walmart Super Center is the white square at the leftmost lowest corner.
 the trail measures 7.12 miles, measured by my bike's ciclocomputer.

General Description of the Trail.

     This trail has the name of the road Cerillos/El Hoyo.  This name is terribly wrong because all holes I know go down, and this one is almost completely up-hill.  Almost all the trail is doble track, the dirt is made of  lose gravel which make things worse going up-hill, making things not that enjoyable.   This trail has no tall trees and is almost completely open.  But for my surprise was not hot at all, perhaps the time of day I rode (5:00 pm+) and the season (march) had a lot to do with that.   This trail has two downhill's an a small Single-track.   Even though this trail is not too technical, is one of the hardest I had ever ride, aerobically speaking!    In my humble opinion, this trail is very fast and should be excellent for physical training.  I am really thankful for my friends invitation to ride El Hoyo because I HAD A GREAT TIME.  They show me every piece trail they knew, even though I was finishing a bad cold.  My only desire is that they come to  Aguadilla so I can GET EVEN! Thanks  Coco, Gregory & Levante!
 

 






 
 
Vertical Profile of the Trail:  El Hoyo.

Starting (left) and finishing (right) Walmart Super Center parking lot.
This is located in road 14 Cerrillos / El Hoyo sector, close to Coto Laurel in Ponce.
Lowest point in the trail 157 feet, highest 614 feet (height gaining  457 feet) .

  

© 2007 JGRR / www.mtb-pr.com
 
Profile from the free version of  GPS TrackMaker® and
using a Magellan Explorist GPS to track the trail.
 
 


  
 
All the images that follows have the Copy Right of each of their owners, like Google (Google Earth)
and all the associated companies. This tridimensional graphical concepts were made using the free version of 
GPS TrackMaker®, Google Earth and a Magellan Explorist GPS. The trail line is of my creation, but not the photography,
so this figures can not be used for commercial. For non commercial uses please be kind and ask permission first!.
  
 

© 2007 JGRR / www.mtb-pr.com

     * Starting at Walmart parking lot.  Go to the south until you find Road  14.  Continue east bound in the road shoulder (A).  Pass the Colegio Ponceño and at the end of the house complex turn left (north) at the dirt road (B).  This trail borders two lakes and finds the wall that splits Lakes  #2  and  #5.
      This trail borders the lower part of the Dam wall, then climb's it and continues westbound.   Take the first trail to the right (north) towards the  C.  This trail finds the top of  a small mountain.  This trail is somewhat narrow and borders part of a lake #2 and then it start climbing that borders an  urbanization.  Once in the top you will see the nice landscape and can ride the first downhill (0.14 miles).  This is an old dir road severely eroded.  But to its right there is very serious cliff that make you think twice to try to ride it. 
     Once you finish the downhill (if you survive) ride toward the D.  This section of the trail (0.84 miles) is not too step but is long and climbs steadily up to the highest part of the trail.  Right were the D is, you can find the second downhill.  This is not too difficult but (there is always a but) the soil is totally void of vegetation  and is close to a cliff, its scares a little.  This part of the trail ends in the entrance of a small  singletrack marked by two yellow ribbons. when we arrive was late and it was starting to get dark, some of the group got lost or disoriented in the single track, so I couldn't ride the whole ST.
     Once you exit the ST,  will climb 118 feet.  the rest of the trail is a very fast downhill (from  466 to 157 feet).  You will travel trough a rock quarry and ride the trail marked by the F until you get back to Walmart.  This last section of the trail  in a close future will not be there because is a road under construction.  Too bad because it will shorten the trail when finished.
 
 
© 2007 JGRR 
     
  
In this view you can see the trail as it arrives to the lakes and the wall that split them.
This zone is marked with the letter  C in the main map.
 Can also see the eroded road that makes the downhill!

© 2007 Pedro Colomer & www.mtb-pr.com

Pedro Colomer jr.  climbing a very step hill, the lake's retaining wall!
At the background the El Hoyo road!

© 2007 Pedro Colomer & www.mtb-pr.com

View from the lake and an Hacienda.

© 2007 Pedro Colomer & www.mtb-pr.com

View from top of the wall that splits Lakes 2 and 5!

  
 
© 2007 JGRR
  
     Here you can see how to reach the dirt wall that separates lakes 2 and 5, which is marked in the
main map by the letters  D and E.   Here you can see more clearly the topography of this area! 
  
 

© 2007 Pedro Colomer & www.mtb-pr.com

  I think this one was taken climbing of the lake's wall!
© 2007 Pedro Colomer & www.mtb-pr.com

First  Downhill, which was a very eroded dirt road.
Marked in the map by the letter C.


© JGRR 2007
    
  
  This aerial photo shows the zone marked by the letter E in the main map.  Yo can see
more clearly the areas topography.   The DH of this last hill (rightmost part of the photo) is fast and
relatively easy.   From here almost all the rest of the trail is Downhill up to Walmart!
  
 
 

© 2007 Pedro Colomer & www.mtb-pr.com

Going downhill fast!
Not that bad, until you see the void at your right!

© 2007 Pedro Colomer & www.mtb-pr.com

Coco going down the 2nd Downhill!
 He is in the end section of it, which looks no so difficult!
This DH is marked on the main  map by the letter D.

  
JGRR 2007 www. mtb-pr.com
( March 27, 07, April 1, 07, translated April 1, 07)

 

Ramey    Cabo Rojo   Faro CR    El Cangrejo    Rincón    Florida    Las Pardas    Vieques   El Hoyo

Trails in Public Forests      Trails in  Parks       Trails in Public Land

   

© JGRR 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Todos los derechos reservados.  Prohibido utilizar íconos, fotos, material multimedios, mapas e información provista sin la debida autorización del autor.

© JGRR 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 , 2010
All rights reserved.  Use of the photos, Icons, Multimedia Material, Maps and Information is forbidden without the written consent of the Author.



   

© JGRR 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Todos los derechos reservados.  Prohibido utilizar íconos, fotos, material multimedios, mapas e información provista sin la debida autorización del autor.

© JGRR 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 , 2010
All rights reserved.  Use of the photos, Icons, Multimedia Material, Maps and Information is forbidden without the written consent of the Author.



   

© JGRR 2005 - 2014
Todos los derechos reservados.  Prohibido utilizar íconos, fotos, material multimedios, mapas e información provista sin la debida autorización del autor.

© JGRR 2005-2014
All rights reserved.  Use of the photos, Icons, Multimedia Material, Maps and Information is forbidden without the written consent of the Author.