Northern Range Mountain Biking to Rest House
This is a great day of mountain biking fun on trails with magnificent views, history and deep rain forests.
We meet at Superpharm, Maraval at 8:00am, then head through St. Joseph and up to Caurita.
Our tour starts in Caurita at an elevation of 1000 feet on paved road in a rural area of homes and farms and magnificent views. Today we ride a trail whose history is long and very interesting; it has been used for thousands of years starting with Trinidad’s First Nations who came into Trinidad from South America at least 7000 years ago. They settled in villages and used this trail for farming, hunting and trading between themselves and communities much father a field. When the Spanish colonized Trinidad they used the trail to bring supplies from the Spanish Armada on the north coast to St Joseph, Trinidad’s then capitol. At various times Pirates used this trail to attacked Trinidad, possibly the most famous of which was Blackbeard. The British and French used this trail for trading to get farming goods such as cocoa and coffee to the main towns. Now its used for hiking and mountain biking and is the main route to El Tucuche, our second highest mountain.
Our mountain biking odyssey starts as we climb on very bumpy, muddy jeep track. Soon it runs onto a narrow track or wide single track with a drop on the right. It continues climbing slowly through farmland, then flattens somewhat and enters rain forest, from here the faster riders will follow Courtenay and the not so fast will follow Sheldon. The rain forest closes over the trail in a sea of brown and green with splashes of red, yellow and blue. The trail climbs to the rest house, which provides the first sight of Las Cuevas in the far distance. Here we will stop and have lunch.
Those who wish will return to the cars with Sheldon, and those who wish will ride further on with Courtenay to the waterfalls before turning around. On the return all those climbs become fun easy, swooping descents.
Duration: Approximately 3 to 4.5 hours
Total Distance: About 5 to 6 miles
Elevation at start: 1000 above Sea Level
Elevation at end: 2000 above Sea level
Highest Elevation 2000 above Sea level
Elevation Increase: About 1000 feet
The tour will take about 5 hours, bring enough food and drink for that duration.
Everything will get wet so bring phones / cameras in dry bags or double/triple zip loc bags
Make sure you leave a dry change of clothes and towel in the car to change into for the drive home!
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