3.6 miles
Distance
7 ft
Climb
-2,157 ft
Descent
00:20:16
Avg time

Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Season
    Oct-June
  • Global Ranking
    #4546
  • Land Manager
    Oromia Forest and Wildlife Enterprise

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 Info

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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More Stats for Monkey Machete Mayhem mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,149 ft
  • Altitude min
    1.4 miles
  • Altitude max
    1.8 miles
  • Altitude start
    1.8 miles
  • Altitude end
    1.4 miles
  • Grade max
    -25.902%
  • Grade min
    1.626%
  • Distance climb
    373 ft
  • Distance down
    3.6 miles
  • Avg time
    00:20:16
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on Nov 19, 2015
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Menagesha Monkey Machete Mayhem
144 | Nov 19, 2015 , adisababba
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