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Tecolote Canyon Ride

Intermediate
 3.5 (16) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

5.9

Miles

9.4

KM

35%

Singletrack

359' 109 m

High

36' 11 m

Low

202' 62 m

Up

525' 160 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

Overview

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.

Description

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!

Contacts

Shared By:

Jeff Entner with improvements by Susie Murphy

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 16 votes

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  3.5 from 16 votes
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Photos

Trail passes through oak groves
Jul 6, 2019 near La Jolla, CA
Rattlesnakes are present, let them go about in peace and stay in the trail!
Jul 6, 2019 near San Diego, CA
Huge drop, followed by two big up hills. This is about four miles in.
Jul 18, 2020 near San Diego, CA
Northern bridge
Jul 6, 2019 near La Jolla, CA
From the narrow bridge after going down past the golf house and before a short walk the bike up to the trail.
Apr 27, 2021 near San Diego, CA
Poison oak is plentiful under oak trees and can climb them. Leaves of three, let it be! Stay on the trail.
Jul 6, 2019 near La Jolla, CA

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Apr 26, 2021
Zus Joad
Great ride, especially after a rain, the creeks had some flow. Not an expert, I did walk my bike more than once. If you are reading this, just do it! — 1h 00m
Dec 29, 2020
Abraham Barragan
Jun 1, 2020
Danny Alton
5.9mi — 0h 50m
Jan 19, 2020
Cristina Fegan-Hammon
May 9, 2019
Scott Storms
Mar 22, 2019
Paul Gschwendtner
Perfect trail conditions! 12mi
Oct 16, 2018
Wilson M.
Aug 15, 2018
Jonah Getz