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Monkey Machete Mayhem

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An old school DH track through nice native juniper forest and pine forest.


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3.8

Miles

6.1

KM

Singletrack

9,550' 2,911 m

High

7,408' 2,258 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

2,143' 653 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Avoid during rainy season. Clay.

Description

This is Menagesha's best DH singletrack descent with some drops and small jumps for creative line-finders, but mostly it is just fast forest tracks with perfect natural flow. The top third is very technical and steep. There is a short climb toward the end, after crossing a wash/creek and then gives way to some of the fastest pine forest singletrack down to the road. Total ride time is about 20-35 minutes for downhillers. You could access the fastest bits from camp 2 if you like, but the technical riding on the upper third is great.

Adventurous riders have recorded the highlights, which are worth a watch.

The trail is best suited for a trail or enduro bike as there are some undulations but mostly, it is fast. This is one of the best descents I have ridden anywhere in the world. A DH bike would be ok, but there is a short climb toward the end you'd have to suffer on.

Like all trails in Menagesha, there are too many intersections to keep track of. Follow the drainage down. Think like a cow heading down to market and you'll probably stay on the right track. There are a few tricky turns though so use the GPS and do not go straight down to the creeks; stay up in the drainage.

Access: This trail starts at the main dirt road (Menagesha Suba Forest Rd) just below Emperor Menelick's hunting lodge, above Camp 3. A new unsigned dirt road as been built that turns off of Menagesha-Suba Rd, and this is where the ride starts (It was a trail last year but is now a short dirt road). As you go along this road, the first major singletrack on your left is the entrance, and this is a rutted, fun line with some pops and surprises.

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stephen danyo

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Monkey Machete Mayhem headcam highlights - 5 mins.
Oct 2, 2015 near Sebeta, ET

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Dec 18, 2015
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