MTB Project Logo

San Clemente/Rose Canyons

 16 votes

Length

15.9 Miles 25.5 Kilometers


85%

Singletrack

Elevation

628' 191 m

Ascent

-627' -191 m

Descent

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

344' 105 m

High

89' 27 m

Low

Conditions


All Clear 28 days ago
Dry History

Getting forecast...

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.
Dogs: Leashed

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!

Contacts

You & this Featured Ride


Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Get On-Trail Navigation

Send to Phone
Your Check-Ins

Check-Ins

Mar 24, 2018
Andre Webb
1h 05m
Oct 22, 2017
Brian Czapla
13mi
Oct 14, 2017
Mark Menzie
Oct 3, 2017
Sean R
Jun 24, 2017
Boom Caca
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

Trail Ratings

  3.4 from 16 votes

#1787

Overall
  3.4 from 16 votes
5 Star
13%
4 Star
50%
3 Star
13%
2 Star
13%
1 Star
13%
Rankings

#209

in California

#1,787

Overall
426 Views Last Month
12,149 Since Jun 28, 2014
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate

7%
79%
0%
14%
0%
0%

0 Comments

MTB Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Mountain Bike

MTB Project is supported by

Support Your Local IMBA Chapter