The La Ventana Trail System
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Las Minitas Trail
Introduction to the trails.
As of September 2020 we have a total of 72 trails covering 130 kilometers and the numbers are growing yearly. Full trail descriptions and maps can be found on Trailforks.
According to Singletracks six of the top ten trails in Mexico are right here.
La Ventana / El Sargento has two separate trail systems. If this is your first time here, warm up on the south trail system on your first day and progress to the north (Hot Springs Beach) trails later. To find the south trail system just look for Chilochill and follow the tracks in the sand to Cardon Corridor. If you get lost just ask anyone at Chilochill – they are the closest business to the Cardon Corridor trail and a great supporter of the trail system. The south beach trails are mostly flat with easy riding in a cardón forest and along an ancient exposed reef. On Karen’s Expedition you will find whale bones and sea shells encased in the surface. The Cardón Corridor Trail winds through a 200 year old cardón cactus forest.
The north trails (Hot Springs Beach – 5 km north of El Sargento) are best accessed from Slim Jims trail which is at the north end of the beach and are more for the advanced rider. The Las Minitas trail, for example, climbs to 500 meters above sea level and has a paraglider launch near the top. Punta Gorda is an incredible ride along side the Sea of Cortez.
Be careful if hiking on Mala Mujer, Los Topes and Warren Ave. These are fast downhill bike trails so keep your ears open for riders.
Keep in mind these trails were built for hikers and runners not just mountain bikers.
Info for first time riders in the area
Trailforks has a feature called ¨Routes¨ in which select trails can be combined into a continuous ride. Go to the Trailforks La Ventana homepage and select routes. Here you will find recommended first time rides on the south shore (Cardon Corridor area) and Hot Springs Beach area (north end of town = more advanced).
Support our local bike businesses
If you’re coming to La Ventana without a mountain bike then just visit Baja Cog bike center at Ventana Windsports or Cacachilas Bike Hub in El Sargento. They have bikes, guides, advice and maps. If you haven’t even arranged accommodations yet then look at Ventana Windsports or Pelican Reef – they support our local trail systems. The crew at Chilochill have been very involved and offer glamping accommodations right on the beach.
Donate to keep the trails open
Click here to go to the Trailforks donation page. Looking to donate your time? We are always looking for volunteers to help us out with maintenance. Keep an eye on the Ventana View posts to see when help is needed.