I will be in Escondido next week and looking for a combination of trails - moderate technical with climbing for myself, but more important some real basic stuff I can take my wife on. She is getting over a broken collar bone and is quite gun-shy. Prefect trail for her would be a mellow fire road, some easy single track, and rolling hills.
Thanks in advance
Hope your wife is recovering well.
From your description, Lake Hodges North is probably good for you both. I've ridden this a lot, including at night, and
I've only done Hodges South once, at night, but I think it's about the same, with more single track:
I think both will be in good shape after the rain we're getting this weekend. For both, I always park at the self storage lot to the Southeast of the I-15 / Via Rancho Parkway interchange.
There is a concrete path that goes South, then doubles back under I-15 to a new pedestrian bridge going over the lake. Mtnbike Bill's site has not been updated since the pedestrian bridge went in, so it doesn't list the self-storage lot as a place to start the Hodges South ride. Cross the bridge to do Hodges South, or stay to the North / West on the fire road to do Hodges North.
For climbing & some technical (although not long), try Elfin Forest:
There are others nearby, browse the "San Diego Area -> North County" rides on Mtnbike Bill's site.
Last edited by random walk; 02-07-2010 at 08:25 AM.
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Ditto on lake Hodges North.
Either that, or just stay on the main dirt roads at Daley Ranch.
Thanks everyone, Keep to Lake Hodges which was perfect for the wife.