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Scenic Downhill Mountain Biking Chiang Mai

Cross Country Downhill Chiang Mai

Trips are divided by difficulty levels to fit your need.

eagles-route-map 

EQUIPMENT PROVIDED for all trips:
FULL SUSPENSION MOUNTAIN BIKE, helmet, gloves, knee and elbow pads,chest protector, Bike Top

PROVISIONS PROVIDED for all trips:
1 liter water , LUNCH at destination

WHAT TO WEAR:

Shorts and shirt, sport shoes, extra shirt and shorts Light rain coat in rainy season.

WHAT TO BRING:

plastic to protect camera etc. day pack ( we have one for you if you don't have one)

 

easyintermediateTrip#1The Eagles Route

1,550 THB

TRIP DESCRIPTION DOWNHILL, UP COUNTRY RIDE

This is a great intro ride to off road mountain biking. The descent through Doi Suthep National Park presents us with great views of the Mae Ping Valley below and makes this one of the most scenic and popular rides.

trip1National forest and plantation access dirt road with ruts, rock gardens, mud and sand traps, some steep down hills at times but very manageable.

4 wheel drive transportation takes us to the top of Doi Pui mountain 1600m( 5400 feet) above the Palace and Doi Suthep Temple. After viewing Doi Pui Village below and some stretching, we prepare our Cycles and get ready to ride down to our favorite coffee plantation.
This first part of the trip helps us to evaluate your riding ability and we talk about techniques to make your downhill cycling even more enjoyable. Everyone is encouraged to practice the newly learned techniques.

The trail leads straight down the mountain with at times steep downhill riding, Absolute no lengthy up hills disturb the rhythm and spirit of the forest, At our many rest points we enjoy the beautiful views of Chiang Mai below.

trip1aThe challenging terrain of the route capture our full attention. The wild growth of the forest hugs the path. Half way down, we leave the dirt path and head straight through the forest on single track over roots and rocks , A well deserved break at a secret waterfall, and then single track all the way to the lake for lunch. This ride, although not easy, is a great introduction to off road downhill mountain biking. At the Lake a our favorite Lunch spot prepares the well deserved meal for us.

After Lunch we head back to Chiang Mai the lazy way, in the truck and full of great memories. 

When:
Daily 9:30 am-3:30 pm. All year rain or shine
Trip:
Doi Pui to Hui Tung Thao Lake
Location:
Mountain 5400 feet elevation , above Chiang Mai
Biking time:
Approx: 3 hrs, 25 km
Elevation change:
From 5400 feet (1600 m) to 1200 feet (400 m)
Riding Conditions:
99% downhill, rarely used dirt road and single track.
Flora:
Pine forest, jungle, plantations
Levels:
Beginners through experts
Personal fitness:
Okay
Instructions:
Yes

 

intermediateTrip#2
The Highlander's Route
1,650 THB

This is a great intro ride to off road mountain biking. The descent through Doi Suthep National Park presents us with great views of the Mae Ping Valley below and makes this one of the most scenic and popular rides.

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Cross Country Ride with downhill
National forest and plantation access dirt road with ruts, rock gardens, mud and sand traps, some steep down hills, turning into single track completely unused by vehicular traffic, long steep uphill, great if you are in top shape. Very rewarding.

trip2 24 wheel drive transportation takes us to the top of Doi Pui mountain ( 5300 feet) above the Palace and Doi Suthep Temple. After viewing Doi Pui Village below and some stretching we prepare our Cycles and get ready to ride down to our favorite coffee plantation . This first part of the trip helps us to evaluate your riding ability and we talk about techniques to make your downhill cycling even more enjoyable. Everyone is encouraged to practice the newly learned techniques. Further downhill we turn west at the forest intersection where we continue gradually downhill, enjoying higher speeds and control. After passing a high country Royal Planting Project, we enter the great divide, a barely used and unmaintained path. We practice our art of Mountain Biking, moving in and out of ruts, over rocks and roots, and quickly arrive in the deep jungle gully between the two mountains.

Now at 3200 feet elevation, we notice the tropical forest emerging from the pine woods, with huge banana leaves and plenty of bamboo filtering the light.

Once at the bottom of the gully we begin a long and rewarding uphill back to 4100 feet, some ride, some walk, concentrating and preserving energy on the way to our summit.
A 200 year old bamboo grove greets us at the top, where a lengthy and well deserved break is taken.

elevator trip2Continuing along the high road with fantastic views of the valley below we ride a gradual , long downhill. Warmed up we play in and out of ruts and holes, sand traps and rocks. The challenging terrain forces us to maintain full concentration on riding and moves us into " the zone " of the sport. The hill tribe village at the end of the forest trail brings us back to civilization.
Once in the Mesa Valley we enjoy a beautiful winding paved road downhill all the way to our favorite eating spot near Wat Ampawan.
Technically challenging at higher speeds and easy at slower speeds , but definitely an achievement.

When:
Daily 9:30 am-4:30 pm. All year rain or shine
Trip:
Doi Pui to Maesa Valley
Location:
Mountain 5400 feet elevation, above Chiang Mai
Biking time:
Approx: 4 hrs, 35 km
Elevation change:
From 5400 feet (1600 m) down to 3200(1100 m) up to 4100 feet and down to 1200 feet (400 m)
Riding Conditions:
75% downhill, rarely used dirt road
Flora:
Pine forest, jungle, plantations
Levels:
Motivated beginners through experts
Personal fitness:
Good
Instructions:
Yes

 

easyintermediateTrip#3
The Old Smuggler's Route
1,650 THB

This is a great intro ride to off road mountain biking. The descent through Doi Suthep National Park presents us with great views of the Mae Ping Valley below and makes this one of the most scenic and popular rides.

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Cross Country Ride with downhill
National forest and plantation access dirt road with ruts, rock gardens, mud and sand traps, some steep down hills, turning into single track completely unused by vehicular traffic, long steep uphill, great if you are in top shape. Very rewarding.

trip3 14 wheel drive transportation takes us to the top of Doi Pui mountain ( 5400 feet) above the Palace and Doi Suthep Temple. After viewing Doi Pui Village below and some stretching, we prepare our Cycles and get ready to ride down to our favorite coffee plantation . This first part of the trip helps us to evaluate your riding ability and we talk about techniques to make your downhill cycling even more enjoyable. Everyone is encouraged to practice the newly learned techniques.

After the coffee break we keep riding down hill until we reach our route west into the next valley. Fantastic forest riding with great views from open plantations, are followed by a break at a refreshing mountain creek.

Once at the bottom of the gully we begin a long and rewarding uphill back to 4100 feet, some ride, some walk, concentrating and preserving energy on the way to our summit.
A 200 year old bamboo grove greets us at the top, where a lengthy and well deserved break is taken.

elevator trip3With only short steep up hills we wind our way across the valley, past small farm houses while witnessing the local hill tribes in there natural environment. Then we ride further down hill between plantations and forest with beautiful pine trees changing to eucalyptus growth on the way down to the Mae Rim Valley floor. The rarely used forest road presents the rider with plenty of challenges. This trip ends at beautiful Wat Ampawan, where our driver is waiting for us. A late lunch at a secluded Orchid Farm with a small lake, gives us a chance to reflect on significant events during this eventful day.
This forest /farm road is hardly traveled and is perfect for mountain biking, allowing speed, but challenging your riding abilities. This is very secluded riding and you will feel deep appreciation for the local ecology.

When:
Daily 9:30 am-4:30 pm. All year rain or shine
Trip:
Doi Pui to Wat Ampawan , Maesa Valley
Location:
Mountain 5400 feet elevation , above Chiang Mai
Biking time:
From: 4 hrs, 35 km
Elevation change:
From 5400 feet (1600 m) to 1200 feet (400 m)
Riding Conditions:
85% downhill, rarely used dirt road.
Flora:
Pine forest, jungle, plantations
Levels:
Motivated beginners through experts
Personal fitness:
Good
Instructions:
Yes