Mala Compra

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.23 out of 5
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Intermediate
6
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,200 ft
↓ 1,200 ft
-51
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
Mostly intermediate trail, with a few red sections towards the middle of the trail. The trail has great canopy throughout and all hardpack, even in the middle of Florida's brutal summer. The trail contains some pretty good short technical, challenging climbs followed by abrupt, shifty descents. You'll find a few little bridges over water and some really sweet ridge line sections with a couple areas leaving no margin for error. Lots of roots towards the end of the trail, almost too much, a bit redundant after a while. The trail is, for the most part, well marked, but a few areas are bit confusing and you may need to stop and think for a second.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Was there damage from Hurricane Matthew? Are the trails open? Expecting to visit from out of state soon. -Adv1nSC

A: The trail was mostly clear for me. There was 2 spots that were blocked off by fallen tree, but they were just small side paths, you don't really miss anything. There was one spot that was destroyed on the main path, but someone was fixing it when I rode.

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Reviews (64)
 

Granny Gear

December 18, 2017
awilds Granny Gear  
 
Review: This trail great. I took my wife who is a beginner and stayed on the red trail. It was beautiful. Hard pack..slight elevation changes...switch backs...some small roots etc. If you are a beginner stay on the red trail. The blue trail is technical with lots of challenges. On the red trail if you stay straight where it forks to the right it takes you over two bridges out to the beach. If you go to the right at the fork it takes you about 1.5 miles back towards Publix and puts you out on the side walk that loops back to the trail entry. We did both and had a blast!

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Gramcounter


November 22, 2017
 
Review: Easy to access, some technical parts, roots. Seen a gator both times I have gone! Fun time.

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Granny Gear

November 2, 2017
Tom K. Granny Gear  
 
Review: Mala Compra is a nice ride. If offers punchy switchbacks and technical features. To get the most out of your ride you want to include Cloud 9, which is for more experienced riders. TRAIL CONDITIONS: As of yesterday, a few sections of Cloud 9 is finally starting to dry up from Hurricane Irma. The area where the wood feature is located on Red Island is under a bit of water. The bridge is still under a little water; you can ride it, but the wood may be slippery. NOTE: The bridge can be bypassed by hopping on the paved trail adjacent to the dirt trail and entering around the corner on the other side of the swamp. The rock wall is still submerged at the bottom. This will take more time to drain, but this there are three other routes to use... There is still 5.4 miles of trail that will test your endurance and skill.

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Bunny Hop

July 31, 2017
1401tim Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Did a charity ride this past Sat. 7-27, we had to ride the trail backwards. It was my first time here and I found it typical Florida, twisty with plenty of roots, mostly flat. difficult areas marked as you approach them. Some areas were difficult. I must have missed the cloud 9 area. I am advanced beginner so I saw places that I would not try, like a rocky narrow ridge line. Overall I will return to this trail it was fun and challenging.

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Bunny Hop

July 4, 2017
growl29r Bunny Hop  
 
Review: The previous review by tylerthehuman sums this trail up nicely. Probably 85-90% of it is beginner level but the Cloud 9 section and 1-2 other obstacles in the system are intermediate/advanced. Brought my bike on vacation from southwest Va to ride Graham Swamp and found out I was staying less than 2 miles from this trail. Will hit Graham Swamp later this week but this was a fun ride I didn't expect to get in at the beach! A "3" rating overall but the Cloud 9 section is a good enough time to raise that average to at least a "4".

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Granny Gear

January 25, 2017
 
Review: Cloud 9 is the only spot which makes this 4 stars. It's technical, well maintained with punchy ups and downs. Not too long - only 8 miles in total but if you do Cloud 9 a few times you will get a good work out.

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Granny Gear

January 15, 2017
spockjosh Granny Gear  
 
Review: Very cool trail! I didn't get to ride all of it but it was a lot of fun. If you take the right trail, you end up on a very nice secluded beach. I definitely want to come back here and ride more trails!

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Bunny Hop

September 8, 2016
 
Review: What a great trail! I have been comming to Palm Coast for 15 years and just found this gem. The other reviews here are on point so I won't waste your time repeating. I will say that if you are intermediat like I am use caution in Cloud 9. There are some fun sections just take it slow. I went over the bars once but luckily landed on my feet. Lots of wildlife too.

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Granny Gear

August 28, 2016
shrink Granny Gear  
 
Review: Goes from easy to difficult based on which trail market you follow. Double diamonds are very tricky and dufficuly! Had a great ride .

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Gramcounter

July 7, 2016
 
Review: Fooled me during the first half of the trail. Mostly flat and smooth track until you hit Cloud 9. This is more technical and a lot more challenging. The beginning (before cloud 9) has a lot of "double diamond" markings throughout, which is completely unnecessary. They'll warn you of small logs in the ground, definitely not double diamond. Sometimes it'll indicate double diamond or difficult feature ahead and there'll literally be nothing. This could be fixed. Not that their isn't difficult features, because there definitely is!! Also, once in Cloud 9, there are a few random tangents that go off on their own and makes you wonder if you're missing things. They're not marked at all. Just slightly confusing.

The trail is on the east side of the road, to the right of the bike shop. Park across the street at the boat shop. I couldn't find any other parking, unless you went down Mala Compra Rd towards the beach.

Overall, a nice trail and can definitely challenge you. There are a few technical things that could be adjusted (random double diamond and difficult feature indicators, scattered trails). I will definitely be back to ride again.

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