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blue Tecolote Canyon Ride

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5.9 mile 9.4 kilometer point to point
35% Singletrack


Ascent: 202' 62 m
Descent: -525' -160 m
High: 359' 109 m
Low: 36' 11 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)


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A nice, easy ride from Clairemont to the Tecolote Nature Center near Mission Bay..

Jeff Entner

E-Bikes Allowed

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This ride combines the Tecolote Canyon Trail - North and Tecolote Canyon Trail - South. It can be ridden in either direction but you'll get more downhills by starting at the north end as mapped.

Need to Know

Be careful on the two street crossings, and be very respectful/courteous - as you pass along the golf course.


The start from Clairemont Community Center is steep and travels along an exposed rocky hillside. Riders will quickly encounter two to three bump creek crossings. After that, it's a dream of nice wide trails, and a bit of singletrack. Crossing at Balboa, requires heading West up the hill, and reconnect with the trail on south side of Balboa. The route continues as more wide and easy trail, mixed with some fun singletrack. Cross the road at Mt Acadia and continue down Snead Rive into the Tecolote Canyon Golf Course area.

Be very respectful of golfers/property owners and don't travel onto the golf course or the golf paths. You do want to take the ramp alongside the building where the golf carts are parked. This connector heads down to the creek for a bridge crossing (you'll need to carry your bike up the far side).

Once back on the trail, the Tecolote Canyon Trail - South parallels the golf course. There's a wide power line trail with some good ups and downs that will make you work as you head towards the USD in the distance. The end of the trail exits into an ample parking area at the Tecolote Canyon Nature Center. You're now just 0.5 miles from Mission Bay, and Fiesta Island if you want to extend your ride!

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May 9, 2019
Scott Storms
Mar 22, 2019
Paul Gschwendtner
Perfect trail conditions! 12mi
Oct 16, 2018
Wilson M.
Aug 15, 2018
Jonah Getz
Jun 11, 2018
Allie S
May 27, 2018
Lou Pendley
May 25, 2018
Joshua R
May 4, 2018
Andre Webb
8mi — 1h 07m

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