Madre Natura

Finale Ligure

A flowy descent from Base Nato that's not quite as feature rich as the named Base Nato trail.

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
2.3 km
Ascent
18 m
Descent
334 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
680 m
High Point
1 km
Gradient
Madre Natura Map

This route description is for the Madre Natura trail. There is some discrepancy between the various maps regarding the trail names of the many runs beginning from Base Nato, and some sources refer to this trail as Base Nato. To be clear, I’m labeling the trail furthest to rider’s left directly from the Base Nato drop in as “Base Nato” and the trail second from the left—the one described here—as “Madre Natura.”

Description

With that out of the way, this trail is one of the flowest and mellowest trails that you will find in Finale Ligure! Yes, you’ll notice that I’ve still graded it as a “difficult” trail. This difficulty rating is due to our global-scale difficulty ratings here at FATMAP. While yes, Madre Natura may be one of the flowiest trail in Finale Ligure, in the grand scheme of things, this track is still no joke!

While you will enjoy relatively mellow grades (for Europe), some low berms (that can be a bit tricky), and some wide-open sections, you’ll also bash through root webs, rock gardens, and have the option to send a few ledge drops. If you choose to slow your roll and pick your way down the trail, any intermediate rider can make it down Madre Natura. But if you ramp up your speed, soon you’ll increase the difficulty of the trail dramatically.

Compared to Base Nato, Madre Natura isn’t quite as feature-rich. You’ll still find jumps, but not as many, and not as many ledge drops or well-built berms. A few sections of Madre Natura also get quite pedally when you have to work your way along a ridge to get to the next section of descending. While this trail is still well-worth riding, these small things make Base Nato a more popular run in this zone.

The more you ride this trail, the more you will trust the trail construction. Even if you can’t see the landing zone, the landings are usually long and substantial, with catch berms to keep you on track. Madre Natura was built by mountain bikers, for mountain bikers, and it shows!

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Flow
  • Technical
  • Shuttle-run
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Jumps
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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