Mala Compra

4.24 out of 5
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↑ 1,200 ft
↓ 1,200 ft
elevation (ft)

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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Trail Q&A
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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 (67)


April 30, 2019
Spartan117 Gramcounter  
Review: Such a great place to ride. Good canopy over most trails, but bring water. There's a sweet BBQ place to park across the street and eat after a good ride. Cloud 9 is challenging with some double blacks. There's a man made bridge that leads to the ocean off of "old salt".

Bunny Hop

August 6, 2018
Review: Great Florida trail. Roots yes,Hot Hell yea, and close to the beach. This is my favorite trail in Florida now. The beach being close by puts it over the top beating out Santos.


April 26, 2018
LeighS68 Singletrack  
Review: Fun trail. The cloud 9 section had a few challenging obstacles, but nothing too crazy. There was a bypass for most features if you wanted to go around. I did encounter my first gator on the trail, keep your eyes open unless you want to be lunch.

Similar Trail: Balm Boyette

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!


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

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.


July 31, 2017
1401tim Gramcounter  
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.


July 4, 2017
growl29r Gramcounter  
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".

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.

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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