16 miles
Distance
2,127 ft
Climb
-2,125 ft
Descent
1,983 ft
High Point

This is a fun loop with some super tough climbs, a bit of hike-a-bike, fantastic views and even a few swimming holes to cool off. I actually start about a mile below the Mini Super, so you can adjust your distance back one mile for the mile markers that follow.

Start at the Chinito/Mini-Super in Santa Rita (Aborrateria Chente) on Google Maps, and head down the dirt road towards El Valle. The road will have a steep descent followed by a right hand turn and a slight climb. Keep eyes open for a second dirt road at around the 1 mi. mark that juts off to the right and take this road.

Steep, hairy, rocky descent to a river followed by a very steep climb for about 3/10 of a mile. During rainy season the descent and the climb are slick and challenging. Easier when dry but still very challenging to clean. Expect a bit of hike a bike. After the steep ascent you'll have a nice gradual climb for about 8/10 of a mile followed by another steep drop and another wicked steep climb for about 3/10 of a mile.

Another gradual ascent from about 3.2 mi to 4.2 mi. through some nice little pueblos, a church, and some fantastic views of El Valle above and the Anton Valley below. Then another very steep drop to a river and a climb out to a gradual (rideable) climb to about the 5.5 mi. mark where you'll come to a junction with another dirt road. Take a right here and follow the dirt road for a nice descent to another river crossing (rideable). There's a great swimming hole if you want to cool off at about the 5.7 mi. mark on the right. Look for a small footbridge crossing the river.

After crossing the river, continue climbing on the dirt road through 2-3 small pueblocitos until you get to about mile 7.6 where the road comes to a dead end. There is a hiking path at the dead end and it looks like there may be some other trails back in this area that lead to El Valle.

The return trip is fairly straightforward. You can do an out and back on the trail you traveled up on, or you can take another dirt road all the way back to the Chino for some great downhills. To do the latter, stay right at the fork around 9.5 mi and stay on the dirt road - several ascents and descents nothing major, a few river crossings. You'll come to a second junction at about 11.3 mi. Take a left onto the dirt road here. As of October 2018, road maintenance crews were doing work on this road so stay alert.

Stay on this road for about 4 mi. and it will take you all the way back to the mini-super.

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  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Santa Rita Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    599 ft
  • Altitude start
    605 ft
  • Altitude end
    606 ft
  • Grade
    0.001%
  • Grade max
    -21.288%
  • Grade min
    21.315%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
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