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    Top 3 Trails in San Diego

    I ride all over San Diego and I want to make sure I have not missed any of the best trails. I certainly have my favorites in the county and was wondering what you consider to be the THREE BEST TRAILS IN SAN DIEGO???

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    I guess will depend of type of riding but I'm sure Noble will be one of them, I like Cuyamaca Grand Loop and Sycamore but I heard a lot of nice things about La Costa.

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    the Silver Strand bike lane is nice.....


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    Seriously, if you haven't ridden in Chula Vista you need to come down and check it out. I am off all this week, PM me and I will show you.

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    Jonathan, if the trails aren't too wet this weekend, I wouldn't mind getting the tour of Chula Vista.

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    You can show up on Sunday at 0800 at the Performance on Bonita Rd. I will not be there as my wife is out of town for the next few weeks. If you want to go Thursday or Friday during the day let me know. Either way, you can just show up on Sunday and go with whoever is there. Later.

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    Noble is by far the best trail I've ridden in SD County. But I'm definitely looking to expand my options, now that the Del Mar Mesa is closed down. What's up with Sweetwater? Any good? I wouldn't even know where to go down in the South Bay

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerneil
    I ride all over San Diego and I want to make sure I have not missed any of the best trails. I certainly have my favorites in the county and was wondering what you consider to be the THREE BEST TRAILS IN SAN DIEGO???

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    For epic style loops i'd say tour de noble, cuyamaca grandtour w/middle peak and cuyamaca peak, and theperfectcyclingtrail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Splack
    Noble is by far the best trail I've ridden in SD County. But I'm definitely looking to expand my options, now that the Del Mar Mesa is closed down. What's up with Sweetwater? Any good? I wouldn't even know where to go down in the South Bay
    Sweetwater is as good as ever, like jonathan_sykes81 said, if you get a chance to come down to the Chula Vista/Bonita area try one of the group rides on sundays, you'll be surprised.

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    Sweetwater is as good as ever, like jonathan_sykes81 said, if you get a chance to come down to the Chula Vista/Bonita area try one of the group rides on sundays, you'll be surprised.
    What style of riding is Sweetwater? Would I bring my all-mountain ride or my rigid singlespeed?

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    Lots of short climbs and down, all single tracks but not technical, a nice xc ride is from the Sweetwater Summit Park to the Steel Bridge in Rancho San Diego:
    http://www.mountainbikebill.com/sweetwater.htm

    Also if you do some searching on this forum there has being some nice pictures posted lately.
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    Big Laguna trail and all of it's variations.
    Water, pines, and single track that meanders everywhere.

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    Neil:

    My hands-down favorites have always been Noble Cyn with Big Laguna meadow area thrown in, and the Grand Loop in Cuyamaca Park. There certainly is great riding to be had at Sweetwater, Mission Trails and Daley Ranch but my preference is for the little higher-elevation mountain rides.

    You certainly live in an area with lots of great ride options!

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    Sycamore cyn with the new switchbacking singletrack section is now one of my favorites, we did 20 miles there sunday with over half of it on tight and twisty singletrack.

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    TW, WC, freeride trail(location a secret)

    and SD is not a great riding spot, very limited. try BC, hundreds of trails all better than SDs best trail by a mile.

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    which is closest to Escondido? I'll be down there in August...(ideally a 1-2 hour ride since I'll be with the family)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dft
    TW, WC, freeride trail(location a secret)
    and SD is not a great riding spot, very limited. try BC, hundreds of trails all better than SDs best trail by a mile.
    I need to know...pm me
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbdan
    which is closest to Escondido? I'll be down there in August...(ideally a 1-2 hour ride since I'll be with the family)
    Daley Ranch is in Escondido. that'd be your best option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BushPilot
    Sycamore cyn with the new switchbacking singletrack section is now one of my favorites, we did 20 miles there sunday with over half of it on tight and twisty singletrack.
    Where is the new switchback section? I have not been out there in months it sounds like its time to check it out.

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    i rode rice canyon in chula vista for the first time this past weekend. nice flowing single track. well kept trails.

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    The Chula Vista, Bonita,Sweetwater and Otay Lakes area is much bigger than most people think. The earlier posters who mentioned the group rides out of Performance are right.Also there are rides on Tues. and Thurs. that leave at 3:30 from Performance. They aren't connected with Performance they just use the parking lot at a staging area.That group knows trails that aren't public knowledge. They do insist that you wear a helmet.Until you ride with them you won't have any idea of the variety and quality of trails they have.

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    My Top Three

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acende
    The Chula Vista, Bonita,Sweetwater and Otay Lakes area is much bigger than most people think. The earlier posters who mentioned the group rides out of Performance are right.Also there are rides on Tues. and Thurs. that leave at 3:30 from Performance. They aren't connected with Performance they just use the parking lot at a staging area.That group knows trails that aren't public knowledge. They do insist that you wear a helmet.Until you ride with them you won't have any idea of the variety and quality of trails they have.
    whatever works for you. we all have different tastes. i like freeride/technical trails or very large epic vertical drops(3000 foot minimum elevation change). i have ridden in that area and explored there, the trails do nothing for me. but i am glad others like them alot, that is what matters.

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    Sycamore, it's more than a trail.......it's a network!

    I think it is a XC lycra clad paradise with over 50 miles of various trails ( I seldom wear lycra).

    It's close to home and can be a different ride if ones uses their imagination and combines the various trails.

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    Lake Morena gets know respect

    I haven't ridden it since the fires, but I am surprised that no one has mentioned Lake Morena (the old Sagebrush Safari course). It ranked right up there with Noble in my opinion, especially if you added on some of the single track that parallels some of the fireroads. Never go there if the weather looks cold and gloomy in San Diego though, since it will probably be snowing or sleeting or hailing or raining or all of the above at Lake Morena.

    Anybody know if it will ever completely re-open?

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    how do you get to the chula vista trail? im coming from mira mesa and never tried it and would like to try it out. Is it easy/hard to navigate through? Maybe i can jump in and ride with some of you locals or riders who are used to that area but im not the most experienced. You guys might be to pro for me.

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    from what i hear its noble canyon is by far the best dh. but ive never been there, but i can tell you the worst trails are penasquitos canyon (damn horses!)

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    Corral Canyon/Lake Morena...

    Quote Originally Posted by outside!
    I haven't ridden it since the fires, but I am surprised that no one has mentioned Lake Morena (the old Sagebrush Safari course). It ranked right up there with Noble in my opinion, especially if you added on some of the single track that parallels some of the fireroads. Never go there if the weather looks cold and gloomy in San Diego though, since it will probably be snowing or sleeting or hailing or raining or all of the above at Lake Morena.!
    I was there just yesterday........fantastic! Spur Meadow ST, Wrangler, and Kernan. They all delivered! A bit santized from the moto's as well as thick with "chocolate cake powder". But I do agree, it has some of the best long flowing XC and All Mountain riding in S.D. county.

    I'd recommend riding this place on a weekday and avoid the masses of quad's and moto's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CEB
    I was there just yesterday........fantastic! Spur Meadow ST, Wrangler, and Kernan. They all delivered! A bit santized from the moto's as well as thick with "chocolate cake powder". But I do agree, it has some of the best long flowing XC and All Mountain riding in S.D. county.

    I'd recommend riding this place on a weekday and avoid the masses of quad's and moto's.
    Wow, thanks for the update. I guess it has been a while since I've been there, there weren't that many engine driven beasties there last time I rode there. We used to try and get there early morning, which probably helped also. Now that I think about it, the last time I rode there was on a friends XR-200 about 5 years ago (he called and said, "Hey, I got a another bike, will your ride with me if I pay gas?) . Before that I hadn't riden a dirt bike in more than 10 years. I did not like riding dirt bikes at Lake Morena, you couldn't here the motorcycles coming the other direction until the blasted by the other direction inches from you handlebar. I was kind of cool on the uphills though.

    I need to get out there again on the new bike. I miss Kernan, Gunslinger and all the rest. For some reason, I like the color of the dirt there also. Just makes me want to ride.
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    Hands down, without a doubt the Enigma Trail is the best I have ridden in San Diego.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miles
    Hands down, without a doubt the Enigma Trail is the best I have ridden in San Diego.


    Miles:

    You are soooooo on the money with that one! The Enigma trail is by far San Diego's best kept secret!

    Cool views, serious climbs, and chunky techno to die for!!!!
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    Ok, I am stupid. Where is this Enigma Trail? Or is it an enigma?

    I have seriously never heard of it.

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    PM sent.
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    You mind sharing that Miles? Sounds like fun and I've never heard of it either. Been in San Diego all my life

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    Quote Originally Posted by Verns22
    You mind sharing that Miles? Sounds like fun and I've never heard of it either. Been in San Diego all my life
    I wonder if is that the one we seen Miles on video, way east county?

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    Ditto on Enigma Trail. Would love to know where it is, even if through PM.

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    enigma??? shoot im still pretty new so im still getting used to a lot of these places and the names.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dft
    TW, WC, freeride trail(location a secret)

    and SD is not a great riding spot, very limited. try BC, hundreds of trails all better than SDs best trail by a mile.
    BC has better trails that San Diego? do tell...captain obvious

    The La Costa Preserve (Denk Mountain, above La Costa Oaks) is pretty small but it's got some great trails that pack a punch for the size of the ride. Nothing like doing epics like Noble Canyon ... but certainly much better than Daley Ranch or Hodges for us North County folk.

    Is the Enigma an enigma? include me on the PM list - please

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juliius
    BC has better trails that San Diego? do tell...captain obvious

    The La Costa Preserve (Denk Mountain, above La Costa Oaks) is pretty small but it's got some great trails that pack a punch for the size of the ride. Nothing like doing epics like Noble Canyon ... but certainly much better than Daley Ranch or Hodges for us North County folk.

    Is the Enigma an enigma? include me on the PM list - please
    its sad when noble is considered an epic ride. just go one hour north for rides like bell ridge, coldwater that are way more epic (and technical) than noble.

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    that would be 'epic' for San Diego ... and I do believe that Noble Canyon has actually been listed in several magazines as one of the top rides in the country (regionally) as sad as that may seem to some.

    For many of us ... working 50+ hours per week & multiple kids and such (I've got 5 myself) ... Noble is just about as epic as I want to get anyway - it's close, it's not too technical, it's available almost all year long.

    anyway - as far as local rides ... I'm still thinking that La Costa deserves a place on the short list.

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    Can someone PM me details about Enigma Trail. Thank you

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    Details here: Enigma Trail

    Meaning of enigma (noun)
    mystery; secret; perplexity; puzzle; riddle

    Perhaps it doesn't exsist and Miles is just focking with all of you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE,
    Details here: Enigma Trail

    Meaning of enigma (noun)
    mystery; secret; perplexity; puzzle; riddle

    Perhaps it doesn't exsist and Miles is just focking with all of you.

    No way, you think he's do that.... no way....no way....not Miles. This dude NEVER horses around!

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    ya i never heard of it. id say ive been fed with

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    maybe bikerneil gots the top secret info and is willing to share??

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    why dont a bunch of you desighn and outline a trail from google earth and make the best trail in so cal

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    DIRTJUNKIE, [quote]

    Details here: Enigma Trail

    Meaning of enigma (noun)
    mystery; secret; perplexity; puzzle; riddle

    Perhaps it doesn't exsist and Miles is just focking with all of you.

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    Just waiting for Miles to chime back in on this one.
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    Nope- you're right. It doesn't exist. I shouldn't have said anything. Nevermind- go about your business.


    It's 7:09 California time

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    [QUOTE=miles]Nope- you're right. It doesn't exist. I shouldn't have said anything. Nevermind- go about your business.


    Too funny, you certainly puzzled a few.
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