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.
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 min7,403 ft
Altitude max9,554 ft
Altitude start9,554 ft
Altitude end7,405 ft
Distance climb373 ft
Distance down4 miles
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Monkey Machete... Trail Reports
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