While you'll see houses from just about every spot on the trail, the nicely-maintained singletrack loop offers great climbs, trail variety, and just enough technical features to keep things interesting. Watch for dog-walkers, runners and horses who also use this community loop.
This wide, often-groomed trail is actively used by the local neighborhood. For bikers, this loop makes for a great ride going either direction, with just enough interesting features to keep you coming back.
Here's a description of the trail riding clockwise. Starting from the Country Store in the San Diego Country Estates, cross Gunn Stage Road and climb up to the trail and take a left. The first part of this loop, West Side Trail
, runs fast and level under some trees - a pretty start to the loop. There are a couple of small wash crossings filled will deep, soft sand that can throw you if you're not paying attention.
Just before you get to Watt Road, turn right between houses, cross Watt Way, through a few more homes and start climbing on the North Side Trail
. The trail steadily climbs behind several homes and then runs on the hillside parallel to Watt Road. At the top of the climb it intersects the Swartz Canyon Trail
Turn right to begin a steeper, rutted descent that might make beginners nervous. Once down that slope, continue along the a creek bed with trees and welcome shade. The trail narrows here as it winds back and forth under the trees. Eventually, it climbs and descends over some rocks and some of the first technical sections on the trail, passing an old concrete dam tucked into the ravine on the right.
The trail then crosses the creek bed one last time onto South Side Trail
, and climbs through some deep sand up the hillside paralleling San Vicente Road. Here the trail stays wide and fast, with some short, sandy sections and one technical rock drop before crossing Camino Arriba (a driveway). Ride the easy hillside back to close the loop.
This trail is frequently used by hikers, runners, horses and dog-walkers, so be friendly! Other than having to hike-a-bike some of the technical rocks and steep sections (very few), beginners should enjoy riding this loop just as much as more experienced riders. If you've got time, turn around and ride the loop back in the other direction!