SPEED INDEX: (Sluggish ) (
in Between ) (Slow )
( Parts Slow, Parts Fast )
(Fast )(Veeerry Fast
CAMEL = 1 BOTTLE 20 onz
0 THORNS = LOW PROBABILITY:
You get a flat by an act of God, or by using tubes fully covered by old
5 THORNS = HIGH PROBABILITY:
You better take patches, extra tubes, slime or liner like Mr Tuffy!
* * NEW * * * How to Get There! (Google Maps)! *
* * NEW * * *To
the MAP From Mayagüez: Drive to Aguadilla by road
#2, then take road 107 (Borinquen), this will take you straight to
Ramey. The entrance to Gate 1 is approximately 2.8 miles from last exit
and Ramey Mail Station (*
in the map). Once in the Base, continue on the Borinquen Avenue.
You should pass the two white RADAR Domes (at your left) and the Landing
strip (at your right). In total you will pass two road exits at
your right. After the second exit (at your right), you will find in
less than 100 meters Ramey Mail Station, also at your right. At
first sight the parking space will look small, but you will see that this
is not the case!
From Arecibo: Drive on road #2 until you
reach Aguadilla. Then exit to road 110 North (at your
right). This exit is approximately 8 minutes after Isabella Mall.
It is located after the 4th traffic light from the one in front of this mall.
Road 110N will take you to Gate 5 (6.2 miles). This road
will make a "T" intersection with Wing Road, turn left
here. You should take then the first intersection to the right
(Guard Road). Once in that street you should see at your left the
Coast Guard Station. This road also ends in a "T", turn left (don’t worry we are almost there!). This road will find
Ing. Orlando Alarcón Avenue. You will find in this road the
Airport Terminal (left) and the Bowling Alley (right). This road will also
in a "T", but this time is with Borinquen Avenue (in the map
you are in the "A").
You should see the Golf Course in front of you. Here turn right, in less than 200 meters you will find The Ramey Base Mail Station.
If you find this last route too complicated, and have
enough time, you can ignore the Gate 5 and enter by Gate 1. But
this new route is 2 miles longer, and has another 8 traffic lights. Continue
on road #2, until you find and enter road 107. From here,
follow the directions to the people who are coming from Mayagüez.
WHERE TO PARK?:
The safest place is in the parking lot behind the
Ramey Mail Station (at the right side of the *). This parking lot may be part of the Tennis
courts and should fit more than 100 vehicles.
If you arrive after the Mail station business hours, you can park close
to the main road. If you can't, this place is a little
lonely. I still haven’t heard of problems in the place, but always take the
appropriated precautions ... don't leave valuables visible, lock well
your car, etc ...
HOW TO FIND THE ENTRANCE TO THE
SINGLETRACK?: Start in the parking lot, and travel
south on road that you came in (107) take the second exit to the right,
which is marked by a letter B
in the map. This road will enter the Golf course and will take you
to the Punta Borinquen beach. The entrance to the single track is
marked ... "Entrada" in the map (see also the photo at the
bottom). This is a paved road for Golf carts, and is marked by a
light gray line in the map. This cart road is at your left, and
it’s just before the hill that descends to the beach. A red line
marks the route that you have to take to enter the single track.
Take the cart road. At the end you will note a fence made by white
concrete posts, about 4 feet high. All the posts are connected by
a small white tube, but two ... the entrance. Go between them!
Once inside, the trail will slowly descend. You will find the main
entrance to the single track at your right, less than 30 meters
from the concrete posts. Just be careful because you will be
welcome by a generous downhill.
The main downhill is too eroded
and dangerous, i.e. just for exoerts. The people from aguadilla
added a new entrance with a killer dowhill. At least I can ride
half of it, the other half is too much, perhaps whe I grow up ;-).
Just when you find the famous white posts, turn inmediatelly to your
wright (toward the sea). you will find the trail, it is like 25
meter from the entrance to your left.. just hang on! (march 17, 07)
This trail requires lots of skills and physical
effort. This route rests on the side of a cliff that creates a
wind shadow, because of that the area has no much wind flow. This
trail is covered by tall trees, so there is no need for sun tan lotion.
But again... there is no much wind flowing, and this place is very humid, you
will sweat like.... well ... a lot! If you are relatively
new to this thing called MTB, just take it easy, and you will really enjoy this
This single track is short (3 miles), but
sloooow. Your speed will depend of a combination of your fitness
and technical skills. Usually we do a couple of circuits (me) and
tree (others) in about one hour and a half. I had met people that
do five turns. I don't know how much time takes them to do that,
but for sure is a lot less time than I.
In general terms 60% of the trail is a little wider
than my handlebar. Is very easy to get tangled with vegetation if
you go too fast with not too much control. This could happen in
areas that have several close zigzags. You can also find a very
generous twisting down hill, several short but step climbs and lots and lots of
roots (5" to 6" the taller ones). At the end, you have
to climb a long hill, not too step, but full of rocks and roots.
This single track requires a lot of concentration and is excellent to
improve or develop technical skills.
NOTE 1: Important: once
you are in, the single track has very few detours, because of that is
difficult to get lost. But if you have to wonder were the route
goes, stop an have a good look around, you find the right trail!
In the point C in the map, the route ends in a very narrow
dirt road (marked red in it), usually there is an arrow that shows the
way, if you can't find it ... just turn left! After 10 to 20
meters in this road you will find at your left the other entrance to the
You can combine the single track with the double track
marked in the map so you can make a larger run! Even though the
view in the double track is nice, the single track isaddictive!
There is much to see in this zone! Close
to the Golf course there is a Bowling Alley (just in front of the
Airport terminal building), Punta Borinquen Beach, The ruins of an Old
Spanish Light House (destroyed by a tidal wave) and Wilderness Surfing
Beach. Close by are the Jobos Beach (Isabela) and Crash Boat (Las
Playuelas, Aguadilla). A little farther from the Base is the Las
Cascadas Aquatic Park, an Skating Rink, and several mall's. If
you want to get rid of your family for several hours without any regret,
those are good alternatives!
The double track (marked in red) is not too
technical, and can be ridden by all members of your family. Not
too much people use this route, better ride with a large group!
I just one to add that this place is too deserted,
and you can feel unsecure!