“A good training loop in Red Hawk that has a variety of terrain.”
— MTB Project Staff
You can do this route more than once to increase the length of your ride, if you're interested. It's very easy, but there are a few challenging sections.
This area features a lot of dirt road riding, but it's all through some beautiful sections of Temecula.
Need to Know
You'll see horses on this trail. Be polite and pull over to let them by. It will benefit everyone.
There are several places you can access this trail. I park by the automated speed tracking sign. The entrance to the trail is the pea gravel across the sidewalk from the sign. Go up and down a small hill which ends in a sharp right.
Proceed 1/2 a mile down a long section that parallels Temecula Creek, Turn right at the "T". This is a public road. Follow the road for 500 yds.
You have an option at the fork. If you go left it will take you up a slight uphill. If you go right it will take you parallel to the drainage ditch. The right side is fun, but it has a high concentration of goathead thorns. They meet a few hundred yards ahead.
Follow the road as it lazily winds you through some horse farms bear right with the road and it runs through some orange groves. A good section of two small hills allows you to get up on the pedals and get your heart rate going.
When you get to the top of the two small hills there is long wide down hill for 1/3 mile or so with lots of breaking bumps. Keep an eye out for the right turn, There are several, but only one leads you to the right place.
After that right you are on a slight downhill where you can get some speed and it is a little bumpy ending in a right turn that has a small berm worn into the trail. You can get some good speed on this corner.
Proceed forward on the slight uphill and immediately bear left onto the sidewalk. Hop off onto the street and proceed until you see the horse trail on the right. Take the right onto the horse trail and follow it for a mile or so.
You get to a sign that says "Road Closed", go past that to a tricky heavily rutted downhill that ends in a harsh off camber right turn. Immediately after the right turn there is a foot bridge. I would recommend carrying your bike across the bridge. It is not meant to be ridden.
After you cross the bridge there is a short fast downhill that ends with an up and over a drainage pipe and drops you into a ditch. Cross the dry creek and turn left on the road. Proceed on the road until you get to the earlier trail that parallels Temecula Creek and turn left.
Follow the Temecula Creek Trail
for 1/2 a mile and before you climb the hill bear right at the drop into Temecula Creek. Traverse across Temecula Creek (It's super sandy) to a slight uphill on the opposite side.
After you cross Temecula Creek turn left onto the other side of the Temecula Creek Trail
and follow the trail for about a mile ending at a gate, which is Butterfield Stage Rd. Go around the gate and turn left onto Butterfield Stage Rd and left again after you cross the bridge on to Temecula Creek Trail
on the opposite side.
Follow Temecula Creek Trail
for about a mile. At the top of a pebbly hill you are back to the beginning of the ride.