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    MTB Hill Training in San Diego

    I did Nate Harrison Road this weekend, wow!! In the first 10 miles I climbed nearly 5,000 feet in elevation, which is not an easy task in San Diego, being that there are not many mountains providing this type of opportunity. If you find yourself in San Diego county wanting to climb, this is your place. Here is a website that provides a map, video, pics, strava info., etc... Mountain Bike Trails Bike for San Diego Las Vegas and Phoenix Areas Anyone have a better climb in San Diego?

    here is the link to a Nate video...
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    An option that also gets you more single track: Start at East Mesa Fire Road in Cuyamacas, ride up Oakzanita and then to Indian Creek Trail to Champagne pass and over to Noble and around Lagunas and back. Also can do Noble Canyon without shuttling or you can ride up the fire road and loop around the single track in Lagunas and get ~5000 feet or more of climbing....

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    Nice! would you happen to have a Strava link or anything mapping that ride out?

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    Otay Mountain will give you 3600' of climbing. You could climb up one side, branch down another, go back up it and drop down the third side for 12-15 miles and 5000'+

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    Here's one that is not publicized much but looks like an ass-kicker:

    Black Mountain in Pamo Valley near Ramona

    "The other Black Mountain."
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    Quote Originally Posted by random walk View Post
    Here's one that is not publicized much but looks like an ass-kicker:

    Black Mountain in Pamo Valley near Ramona

    "The other Black Mountain."
    I heard....once you got to Black Mtn, you never go back...

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    Quote Originally Posted by random walk View Post
    Here's one that is not publicized much but looks like an ass-kicker:

    Black Mountain in Pamo Valley near Ramona

    "The other Black Mountain."
    I've taken that ride, one tough climb. Not a soul in sight!

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    That's a fun ride.
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    If you are having trouble finding places to climb in San diego or anywhere in SoCal you are doing something wrong...

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    Black Mountain out in Pamo Valley, I have done that one... TONS of climbing out there, I tend to forget about that one. I need to get out and try the one Island20v suggested in Otay, I have never ridden down there. I live in the north county and find myself usually riding in that area...but I keep hearing about Otay. Anyone have a strava link to Otay, or a video?

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    Quote Originally Posted by evdog View Post
    If you are having trouble finding places to climb in San diego or anywhere in SoCal you are doing something wrong...
    This ^^.

    You can quickly string together some Daley Ranch trails and hit over 3000ft in a very short distance. I did this while trying to avoid as many hills as possible...

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    Awesome thanks! I have done Daley once, seems like you need a tour guide out there. If you are ever interested in taking someone on an adventure out there, please let me know... would love to add Daley to my site. thanks!

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    For Daley, be sure you pick up a trail map from the Kiosk at that top of La Honda Drive. It's well marked, as are the trails themselves. Daley is actually one of the best mapped and marked trail systems in our region.

    I don't mind bringing people along, but I haven't ridden in 5 weeks so I'm a little hesitant to ride Daley with someone who complains there's not enough hills in San Diego.

    When my work situation improves and I have more time to plan a ride I'll let you know.

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    Seems like a lot of climbing for little visual reward. I'd rather do Palomar!
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    tubored, let me know, i am always looking for new people to ride with. carloswithas Palomar does have amazing views!!! agreed.

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    MTB Hill Training in San Diego

    Did Palomar High Point Truck Trail last weekend. I actually liked it a lot. Bring more water than you think. I have a Camelback Mule and ran out at mile 10 on the climb. Also bring insect repellent as the bugs are ferocious once you get to the tree line. The "demoralizer" segment is true to its name :-(

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    MTB Hill Training in San Diego

    Another note re: Palomar HPTT: it is a LONG descent so make sure your break pads are not nearly worn down when you go. You could be more boss than me, but there are jeeps and off road motorcycles that are going up and down the road and there are blind corners so brakes will be utilized.

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