San Clemente/Rose Canyons

 13 votes

15.9 Miles 25.5 Kilometers


85%

Singletrack

628' 191 m

Ascent

-627' -191 m

Descent

344' 105 m

High

89' 27 m

Low

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

Bad / Closed

67 days agoUpdate

An out and back ride with great scenery.

James Camy

Overview

Open all year around. SDMBA has worked very hard with MCAS Miramar on access via permit on the Stowe Trail, which is on the east boundary of the Miramar Marine Corps base and any incursions on their western border are strictly prohibited. This is a HUGE ticket and bike confiscation for anyone who gets caught under and to the east of Hwy 805.
This iconic ride through the canyons offers great views of the surrounding area. It's mostly flowing singletrack through tall oak trees and brush. Be careful of the poison oak! Leaves of three, let it be! There are 3 creek crossings, no water in the summer time.

Need to Know

The Karl Strauss Brewery is located at the trailhead, free tastings after a ride.

Description

The first part of the ride takes you through Rose Canyon. The second part of the ride takes you through San Clemente Canyon. The trail starts as a paved bike path. About 1 mile in, there is a dirt trail opening on the right. This part of the trail ride is parallel to the railroad tracks until the highway.

Cross the highway bridge and drop right onto the trail again. At this point, it's a wide dirt path but quickly narrows to singletrack. A creek crossing over a small bridge indicates you are in San Clemente Canyon, featuring mostly singletrack through tall Oaks and brush. There is plenty of Poison Oak in this area so be aware (leaves of three, let it be).

There is a very narrow singletrack crossing under the highway on the edge of a wash. From here, the trail takes you to Cobb, Kroc, and Biltmore trails - ride these on the return for some fast downhill. The trail ends at the east end of the canyon. Turn around, and get more whoops on the return trip!

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Jun 24, 2017
Boom Caca Koster
Jun 14, 2017
Alan Underwood
Trail is overgrown and construction blocks the trail in numerous places. 6mi
Apr 14, 2017
Kevin Jones
Kevin Rud
Mar 27, 2017
Bara Atmaja
Mar 5, 2017
Tim Foster
Fun times but not of wash outs
Mar 4, 2017
Mitch Hagen
The northern section loop was awesome. Great condition. The southern section down and back was very washed out and not in good condition. 15.9mi
Feb 26, 2017
Dan Lau
Sep 29, 2016
Andy Chien

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  3.2 from 13 votes

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Bad / Closed 67 days ago
Overgrown and blocked by construction. Construction will be ongoing for 5 years.
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