8.1 miles
Distance
1,281 ft
Climb
-1,247 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

This is an intermediate route that includes Cleans' famous Caracal Contour and Porcupine trails. Suitable for strong intermediate and fit riders as it includes considerable climbing and traverses technical terrain.

Detailed Description
Caracal Porcupine MTB Route is a 8 mile popular intermediate route located near Clarens. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 13 trails. This route climbs 1,281 ft with a max elevation of 6,574 ft then descends -1,247 ft.
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12 Reviews & Comments

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FionaWilliams Giba (Dec 26, 2021 at 3:04)
Any way to get up to this trail without hiking your bike?
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FionaWilliams Giba (Dec 26, 2021 at 3:04)
Did this one today and it was wonderful. Nice techy sections and nice and flowy.
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FionaWilliams Giba (Dec 26, 2021 at 3:03)
This is definitely NOT for Mountain Bike or Ebike. Had to carry my bike pretty much all the way up.
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FionaWilliams Giba (Dec 26, 2021 at 3:03)
This is definitely NOT for Mountain Bike or Ebike. Had to carry my bike pretty much all the way up.
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FionaWilliams Giba (Dec 26, 2021 at 3:03)
This is definitely NOT for Mountain Bike or Ebike. Had to carry my bike pretty much all the way up.
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FionaWilliams Giba (Dec 25, 2021 at 5:36)
We wanted to do this, but at the intersection it wasn't clear which way to go. We went the DAM way which is definitely not rideable, even for the best technical person. We had to carry bikes over bolders and steps.
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FionaWilliams Giba (Dec 25, 2021 at 5:33)
If we got the trail correct, this is definitely NOT a MOUNTAIN bike trail? We had to walk all the way down. My technical ability is good, this seemed like a hiking trail. Had to carry bikes alot.
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FionaWilliams Giba (Dec 25, 2021 at 5:33)
If we got the trail correct, this is definitely NOT a MOUNTAIN bike trail? We had to walk all the way down. My technical ability is good, this seemed like a hiking trail. Had to carry bikes alot.
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FionaWilliams Giba (Dec 25, 2021 at 5:33)
If we got the trail correct, this is definitely NOT a MOUNTAIN bike trail? We had to walk all the way down. My technical ability is good, this seemed like a hiking trail. Had to carry bikes alot.
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FionaWilliams Giba (Dec 25, 2021 at 5:31)
This section was awesome
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FionaWilliams Giba (Dec 25, 2021 at 5:31)
This section was awesome
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FionaWilliams Giba (Dec 25, 2021 at 5:31)
This section was awesome
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Details

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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • E-Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
More Stats for Caracal Porcupine MTB Route mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    6,011 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,011 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,047 ft
  • Grade
    0.1%
  • Grade max
    -42.6%
  • Grade min
    52.8%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,372 ft
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