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    New San Diego Rider...first trail suggestions?

    Just got a new mountain bike and am ready to do some riding! Can anyone suggest a good first time ride? I have mountain biked in the past but it's been a long time and I never did very difficult offroad stuff. Looking for a good break-in trail (10-20 miles) with not so much technical stuff. Thanks!

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    Not sure what part of town you're in but, hit up Lake Hodges. Pretty mild, but a good start to get back into it.
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    I'll second Lake Hodges

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    Ok thanks! I live in Bay Park so not terribly far away...

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    Lake Hodges is a good one.

    Daley Ranch is good for fitness.

    geoladders.com is a good resource for trails and directions. it is free as long as you don't want the bells and whistles.

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    Try Los Penasquitos, there are a couple of different routes to ride.

    http://www.sandiego.gov/park-and-rec...s/penasq.shtml

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    I'd try Sycamore Canyon. A lot of good singletrack. I have taken a couple of beginners there in the last year and they loved it.
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    Thanks everyone for your input! I will report back when I head out...

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    mission trails is a good beginner area too

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    Depends on what part of the county you live.
    Calaveras is also a good beginner area.
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    Once you're ready for pain and suffering go spend a lot of time at Daley. There's plenty of climbing out there for you

    Hodges is a good place as well. Unfortunately I've never done up a geoladders route for the area, but you should be able to find your way around. There are usually lots of people out on the weekends so if you aren't sure where to go, just ask anyone around. Walk anything that makes you nervous.

    Enjoy!

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    If you're in Bay Park, you're right next to Tecelote Canyon. Ride some laps around there and it will get you back in the groove.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aword4you
    Once you're ready for pain and suffering go spend a lot of time at Daley. There's plenty of climbing out there for you

    Hodges is a good place as well. Unfortunately I've never done up a geoladders route for the area, but you should be able to find your way around. There are usually lots of people out on the weekends so if you aren't sure where to go, just ask anyone around. Walk anything that makes you nervous.

    Enjoy!
    In order of difficulty.

    Lake Hodges is easy but fun with some decent singletrack.
    Penasquitos Canyon is a little harder if you do the singletrack up on the ridge.
    Sycamore canyon can be tough depending on the route. If you stick to the canyon floor there is alot of tight curvy fun singletrack that is not to tough.
    Daley is a real lunger but its kinda boring. Great for a workout though.
    Mission trails can be easy or really hard. the fun part is the singletrack that runs under the bridge on the 52 freeway. you can connect sycamore and mission for a long ride.
    Then there is Anderson, morena, elfin forest and the king Noble Canyon.
    I am sure Aqua would love to take you on a tour of Noble (prepare for pain). Check out http://www.mountainbikebill.com/ For the best write ups and directions.

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