There are several trails in the park that can be linked together for whatever type of ride you are looking for. Grab a trail map either online or at the message boards at either entrance. The MTB Project mobile app
can also be a useful tool for navigation.
If you grab a trail map you'll see you can create numerous rides by starting at either of the parking lots. This ride was from the Mendoza parking lot off of Roop Rd. The other parking lot is at the end of San Martin Ave.
From the lot, take the Coyote Ridge Trail
to the first gate. This dirt fire road runs throughout the park and allows access to several trails in the park. After the gate, go right on Campground Trail
and then at the bottom left on Valley Oak Trail
. Valley Oak Trail
is actually a doubletrack but has become singletrack in some areas. You'll pedal through the trees until the next intersection where you veer right onto Calaveras Trail
. The Calaveras Trail
parallels Coyote Lake with some great views. Watch for the thistle in the summer as it grows close in some areas.
This will take you all the way to a gravel road climb which is Harvey Bear Trail
. This is the main road from the west side of the park to the east. It's mainly a gravel road that you can use to tie in several trails. From Harvey Bear Trail
, ride up and over the ridge and down to Townsprings Trail
which can see a lot of cattle use at times so be wary of the rocks that get kicked up.
You'll now drop down Townsprings Trail
until you hit Willow Springs Trail
, where you go left and up a short climb. It has some steep parts that have loose gravel, so be aware. At the next intersection go left and head down Rancho San Ysidro Trail
At the bottom, go right and you are now on Savannah Trail
. This trail has some great views of the valley. This will take you around and down to a bridge crossing before climbing back up and intersecting with Rancho San Ysidro Trail
. Follow this and you'll then climb back up to Coyote Ridge Trail
. A short drop down and go left where you'll again be on Valley Oak Trail
. Just reverse your route from here back to the Mendoza Parking lot.