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San Clemente/Rose Canyons

Intermediate
 3.2 (26) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An out and back ride with great scenery.


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15.9

Miles

25.5

KM

85%

Singletrack

344' 105 m

High

89' 27 m

Low

628' 191 m

Up

627' 191 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

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.

Overview

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!

Contacts

Shared By:

James Camy with improvements by Susie Murphy

Trail Ratings

  3.2 from 26 votes

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  3.2 from 26 votes
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Photos

Looking back at the steepest section of the Rose Canyon trail.
May 24, 2017 near La Jolla, CA
Singletrack through the Oak trees.
Jun 28, 2014 near La Jolla, CA
Rose Canyon is scenic in its own way.
Mar 20, 2017 near La Jolla, CA
Turn around point and back.
Jun 28, 2014 near La Jolla, CA
Ride through the oaks.
Jun 28, 2014 near La Jolla, CA
Singletrack through the Oak trees.
Jun 29, 2014 near La Jolla, CA

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Jun 25, 2020
Danny Alton
16mi — 2h 05m
Jun 6, 2020
N Abdel
Feb 1, 2020
Mad Dog
Oct 26, 2019
Sujjahad Inayath
1h 20m
Oct 25, 2019
Bryan Baird
Some areas loose rock and pebble. Nice tree trail on sunnier days
Aug 10, 2019
Catalin T
lots of construction 14.8mi — 2h 36m
Jul 12, 2019
Jorge Arellano Delgado
Feb 17, 2019
Daniel K
15mi