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    O brother where art thou

    If anybody can tell me where this trail is at, you will win a new (to you) bike!

    It was the first time I was out in this area and I was surprized at the amount of ST and it had some good climbing.

    I was only able to put in 14 miles just exploring outside the fenceline (hint, hint). Probably twice that much left to do. I am too old to do the much steeper stuff to the top (hint, hint)...will have to leave that to my hiking skillzzzzz in the next couple of weeks.

    I spooked two deer very near the trail, startled the crap outta me!

    Since the area is so exposed, I would not recommend it during the summer months.

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    Sweetwater @ bottom of Rockhouse.
    If not biking, then what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTP View Post
    Sweetwater @ bottom of Rockhouse.
    Yep. I heard of this "rockhouse", but did not see it in my travels on Saturday. Must have been on one of the STs that I did not ride on.

    As you are the clear overall winner, the bike on the right is now all yours...may need a little WD40 to get her goin, though.

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    Rockhouse is on the top of the peak to the south of this now-mine bike. If you missed rockhouse, you missed the point of being out there...
    If not biking, then what?

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    MTP got it.

    You can get in many miles of fun riding out there, with very little overlap.
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    South Bay's finest! Nothing but fun out there for sure!

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    I'm still trying to figure out from the picture which of the two bikes you were riding that day?

    And, are those houses up on the ridge in the background?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    I'm still trying to figure out from the picture which of the two bikes you were riding that day?

    And, are those houses up on the ridge in the background?!
    Both.

    I wore out the one on the right...it just couldn't handle my mad skills AND the viciously rugged terrain. And, of course, like a lot of seasoned semi-pro-like riders, I carried a spare that day.

    It's not easy being me.

    PSA: Don't try this at home or anywhere else for that matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTP View Post
    Rockhouse is on the top of the peak to the south of this now-mine bike.
    Well, the second-tallest peak

    If you missed rockhouse, you missed the point of being out there...
    I'll agree with this partially. I did a loop around the reservoir a few years ago that was pretty fun and kicked my butt. To my knowledge, not many riders have done the North part of that loop (you have to ride a bit of pavement near the swap meet). The South part of the loop is basically the red & purple tracks on Mountainbike Bill's map from this trip, coming back from the old steel bridge near Jamul. BTW the OP's pic was taken near point F on that map, on the red track.

    But yeah, Rockhouse and its surrounding single track -- very nice.
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    Man, I need someone to show me where Rockhouse is. Anyone free next Tuesday morning?

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    I've ridden Sweetwater several times, but I don't think I ever found "Rockhouse". It's been over 5 years since I was there last, so maybe there are some new 'social' ST trails out there? Is "Rockhouse" on Mother Miguel Mtn.?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Raton View Post
    I've ridden Sweetwater several times, but I don't think I ever found "Rockhouse". It's been over 5 years since I was there last, so maybe there are some new 'social' ST trails out there? Is "Rockhouse" on Mother Miguel Mtn.?
    Oh.....and Chief, it's good to see that you took those reflectors off your wheels!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Raton View Post
    Is "Rockhouse" on Mother Miguel Mtn.?
    Correct, at the top. You can get there from a number of trails nearby. The closest place to park and immediately pick up a trail is on the North end of Paseo Veracruz (search on this in Google Maps: 32.671941,-116.972072). You can't miss the switchbacks just to the North.
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    Here, this should help you find it.

    Looking south from a trail near Sycamore Canyon (16 miles north), this shows both Father Miguel (aka San Miguel) and Mother Miguel (aka Rockhouse). I suppose the little hump in between might be Baby Miguel, but I've never heard it referred to as such.

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    And a cropped view of Mother Miguel. See the tiny little bump on the top? That's Rockhouse! (Hint: click on the image to make it bigger)

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    Here it is up close (this was over 3 years ago):

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    That bike is suhweet!
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    I've hiked to the top of San Miguel. There at least 2 trails up there, not counting the paved service road, which (IMO) have very little ROI on pushing a bike up.

    If I recall correctly, the trail from the West (starting on Proctor Valley Rd.) heads up and over what Chuck calls "Baby Miguel." I think this is so because, heading up the mountain, there are 2 very steep stretches of trail separated by a flat/downhill section.

    Contrary to appearances, the dirt utility roads on the reservoir side of San Miguel do NOT go to the top. The closest one bisects Mother & San, and dumps out to the golf course South of Mother. You can get to Rockhouse from this fire road by a connecting single track.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTP View Post
    Sweetwater @ bottom of Rockhouse.
    There is a group ride tonight up to the Rockhouse, starting from the Steel Bridge at 6:30pm. Come out and join us
    For more info call Todd at Zumwalts Bike Shop.

    Sorry For the last minute post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Raton View Post
    Oh.....and Chief, it's good to see that you took those reflectors off your wheels!
    You know what happened to the last guy who dissed my reflectors...!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckanado View Post

    Here it is up close (this was over 3 years ago):

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    More pile of rocks, than house! Looks a little anti-climatic, to say the least. :-)

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    Oh, but some of those rocks are ALIVE!

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    And the views don't suck:

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckanado View Post
    And the views don't suck:

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    And that's just the one from the kitchen! You should see the views from the master bedroom!
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    Nice pics, all! And random walk and chuckanado, thanks for the directions. Pretty sure I can find it now.
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    Obwat - the sequel

    Any guesses where this trail is at?

    Hint: Not quite a slam "dunk"!

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    Winner gets to ride free at Noble Canyon for one whole year!
    *minus cost of FAP.

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    Well, Chief, since I never get up to La Costa or Copper Canyon, and you live in N. county, it's likely to be there. Another clue that it's near your house is the 'skidding ruins our trails' sign.....I know how you ride!
    Nice touch!
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    I was going to say Horned Lizard, but that doesn't seem to fit with the hint.

    And I haven't ridden up there in years; I'm not sure I have even seen those signs.
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