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San Dieguito River Park - Bernardo Bay/ Piedras Pintadas Trail

Intermediate
 3.6 (34) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Sweet little loop of singletrack trails.


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Map Key

8.2

Miles

13.2

KM

80%

Singletrack

488' 149 m

High

317' 97 m

Low

570' 174 m

Up

567' 173 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Overview

This section of trails within the SDRP are a great way to get a nice ride in after work. Most of the trails are singletrack with some nice technical rocky sections.The trail around the perimeter gives great views of the lake.

These trails don't have individual trail names, so I've marked this ride as following a single trail with the same name.

Description

The first part takes you down the pedestrian path towards the lake. From there it's a sharp left onto a nice flowing piece of singletrack along the lake shore. This leads to a little techy rock out cropping then along with some more singletrack.

At close to 2 miles, you'll hang a right, heading across a bridge to some more singletrack trails. Along the way you'll spot a seasonal waterfall. At around 3 miles you'll hit Piedras Loop that climbs onto a ridge line and into a rock garden. It's tight so pay attention.

After looping around you'll head back the way you came. Around the 5.5 mile mark, head right onto to some wider trail and wrap around towards the kiosk and another sneaky piece of singletrack that leads you back towards the staging area. But don't go back yet - instead head left and a little after the 6 mile mark, take a sharp right onto a singletrack heading uphill, continue on to the switchbacks and have fun. You'll eventually connect with the shore trail but instead of continuing around come up the double wide hill climb back towards the trailhead.

Contacts

Land Manager: San Dieguito River Park

Shared By:

David Hekel with improvements by Susie Murphy

Trail Ratings

  3.6 from 34 votes

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  3.6 from 34 votes
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Photos

San Dieguito River Park Mountain Bike Patrol
Jun 26, 2013 near Escondido, CA
Off camber rock face on singletrack trail.
Nov 10, 2014 near Escondido, CA
Rock climb when traveling recommended route of North to South. Has quick rocky turn for decent.
Apr 19, 2021 near Escondido, CA
Riders during the Quick n Dirty XC race at the San Dieguito River Park.
Jun 24, 2013 near Escondido, CA
View of pond under bridge crossing.
Nov 10, 2014 near Escondido, CA
Bridge crossing over creek.
Nov 10, 2014 near Escondido, CA

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Apr 6, 2021
Robert St Jacques
Great trail especially for beginners. You can spend all day on all different trails without getting tired — 1h 45m
Oct 3, 2020
Jorge Pires
6.1mi — 1h 25m
Aug 16, 2020
Ian Braker
10.5mi — 1h 22m
Jul 11, 2020
Sean Carbajal
Funnn 12.6mi — 2h 03m
May 18, 2019
Jason Tennant
Mar 21, 2019
Grant Kadokura
Jan 27, 2019
Matthew Jensen
Oct 25, 2018
Joe Riley