There’s a slew of oh-my-God steep, limestone trails following long (many miles) ridges just above my wife’s hometown of Valencia, Venezuela. I’ve hiked these trails for years and recently found about a dozen that would be ultimate Muni runs, right at the human limit. If I can ever figure out how the Devil to post pics on a thread (the Gallery is impossible for me) I’ll post away. This is some crazy shizat!
The sickest I’ve seen is the Vortex in Florida. I could not find pictures to do it justice, but there are a few pics and writeups herehere and here
Like one post mentioned, some of the drops could not be ridden. One must “launch” and hope to start peddling near the bottom. There were lots of lines that were only 50 feet tall or so, but extremely steep (and smooth).
The pictures above (Valencia, Venezuela) are more techinical but, my guess is that the Florida drops are “faster.”
Corbin, that sounds great. We went for 3 hours in Santa Barbara then Eyal’s car broke down when we shuttled back to the top of the mountain to get our cars. Not nearly so hot as last weekend.
Changinglinks, you’re right. the trails in Valencia are super techincal and slow going. Get going fast and you’ll die. But there are other steep dirt trails that go upwards of 50 degrees, and those would be fast by any measure. I’ll get some more pics next time.
Great thing about the really grim trails in Valencia is they are mostly limestone, no loose stuff, so real technical steep runs are possible. That rock grips like a vice.