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    Ranchita Area (Warner/Borrego?) Rides

    My brother-in-law and I are coming down to Ranchita (http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&so...ed=0CAsQ8gEwAA) from Northern California for the Thanksgiving weekend.

    We are looking for 3-4 rides nearby in the area. We want to sneak away from the family for a few hours every day, but not drive too far away.

    Thanks for any suggestions.

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    Ranchita

    How about Chariot Canyon? This is the weather for desert rides.
    http://www.mountainbikebill.com/OriflammeLoop.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by lkelly
    How about Chariot Canyon? This is the weather for desert rides.
    http://www.mountainbikebill.com/OriflammeLoop.htm
    Thanks

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    Grapevine and Jasper are right out of Ranchita.
    Also down in Borrego is San Felipe wash up Rainbow Canyon and Buttes Pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richwolf
    Grapevine and Jasper are right out of Ranchita.
    Also down in Borrego is San Felipe wash up Rainbow Canyon and Buttes Pass.
    Thanks. Any specifics online about these rides?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akathisia
    Thanks. Any specifics online about these rides?
    http://www.dirtopia.com/wiki/Grapevi...nza-Borrego%29

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    Thanks for both of these.

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    Weather permitting, it's not too far up to Julian, Cuyamaca, and Mt. Laguna. there's riding up there as well, but several thousand feet higher than Borrego.

    The desert out there is pretty interesting. If the family wants to get out for a walk, Palm Canyon is pretty neat - year round stream, native palms, and the occasional wild sheep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarryCallahan
    Weather permitting, it's not too far up to Julian, Cuyamaca, and Mt. Laguna. there's riding up there as well, but several thousand feet higher than Borrego.

    The desert out there is pretty interesting. If the family wants to get out for a walk, Palm Canyon is pretty neat - year round stream, native palms, and the occasional wild sheep.
    We are used to altitude riding in Tahoe. Ranchita is at 4000 feet.

    I see that there are some good possibilities in Julian and other areas, but the key will be getting "permission" to go for a longer period of time.

    Any suggestions for great rides in the outlying areas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akathisia
    We are used to altitude riding in Tahoe. Ranchita is at 4000 feet.

    I see that there are some good possibilities in Julian and other areas, but the key will be getting "permission" to go for a longer period of time.

    Any suggestions for great rides in the outlying areas?
    Hi,

    I used to live down in San Diego County. Didn't realize Ranchita was that high; I don't have a memory of it. Though I've been to Borrego enough times, it's usually been via Julian, though I know I've been through Ranchita a few times as well. Julian and Mt Laguna are only a thousand feet higher, but they do get the occasional snow.

    To be honest, I started mtn biking after leaving San Diego, so no first hand riding experience in that area. But there have been a lot of posts here about Big Laguna Meadows. Mt Bike Bill writes the area up well. I've hiked in that area and it is very scenic.
    http://www.mountainbikebill.com/LagunaRecArea.htm

    I understand about the time and family factor. My bike is staying home this holiday while I go away.

    How is it you have family in Ranchita, if you don't mind my asking?

    HC

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarryCallahan
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    How is it you have family in Ranchita, if you don't mind my asking?

    HC
    My wife and I grew up in San Diego. A lot of our family and friends are in San Diego.

    The Ranchita place is where we have big family gatherings every Memorial Day and now for one of my brother-in-law's 50th birthday. Lots of acres. No cellphone reception. An awesome place to see stars at night. Lately when I'm down there I wish I'd brought a bike.

    Some of us moved to Northern California and a few more followed. It's not a bad drive down to San Diego and it's a quick flight too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akathisia
    My wife and I grew up in San Diego. A lot of our family and friends are in San Diego.

    The Ranchita place is where we have big family gatherings every Memorial Day and now for one of my brother-in-law's 50th birthday. Lots of acres. No cellphone reception. An awesome place to see stars at night. Lately when I'm down there I wish I'd brought a bike.

    Some of us moved to Northern California and a few more followed. It's not a bad drive down to San Diego and it's a quick flight too.
    Very cool! Safe travels, and have fun!

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