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An easily accessible trail through oak groves.

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220' 67 m


36' 11 m


98' 30 m


281' 86 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

Need to Know

There is no parking along Genesee Avenue. To access the trail from this point, you must park in a nearby neighborhood and ride down the road (bike lane) to the trailhead.

At the end of the trail, near the Tecolote Canyon Nature Center, there is a parking lot and on-street parking, and restrooms.


Overall, the trail is well-marked. There are a number of side paths leading to residential neighborhood trailheads, and they are all labeled with arrows and the street name.

Begin from Genesee Avenue (entrance on the west side). The first section of the trail goes southwest about a mile. This section is singletrack, and much of it winds through some beautiful oak groves. (Watch out for poison oak beneath them if you veer off-trail!) It is also notable for several creek bed crossings. Water is most likely to be present during the winter and spring, but at any time, the creek bed(s) are made of loose cobbles.

The first crossing has a makeshift board laid across, and others often have rocks enabling people on foot to cross. Bikers may need to dismount. Cobbles can be slippery, wet or dry. Also in this first section are a number of dips in the trail, which are shallow, but can be steep.

The trail now joins a north-south trail. Follow signs south for the Tecolote Nature Center. Singletrack through oak groves and along a stream continues for a short way, and then climbs the side of the canyon. This short section is narrow and can be brushy, but is mostly hard-packed dirt. For the next mile or so, the official trail is singletrack, occasionally joining a fire road for a short distance. There is a network of fire roads and neighborhood trail offshoots in this area. The trail is well-marked, however, and generally follows the fence of the golf course to the west. There are a few steep to very steep downs and ups in this section.

For the last third of the trail, past the southern end of the golf course, the trail becomes a wide, flat road. It has a short segment of thick, soft sand, but is otherwise hard-packed dirt or small rocks/gravel. It ends at the Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center.


Shared By:

Susan Patch

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Huge drop, followed by two big up hills. This is about four miles in.
Jul 18, 2020 near San Diego, 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
Southern bridge. South bank is very steep and likely requires a bike carry.
Jul 6, 2019 near San Diego, CA
Great trail borders the fence near the golf course.
Jul 6, 2017 near San Diego, CA
Take Ramp by building down to CREEK CROSSING Bridge.  Then continue SOUTH.  Parallel golf course and USD area.
Jul 6, 2017 near San Diego, CA
TrailHead Entry/Exit to left of Tec. Nature Center.  Ample Parking.  Convenient to bike to/from Mission Bay/Fiesta Island.
Jul 6, 2017 near San Diego, CA



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Aug 24, 2020
maddy j
Jun 22, 2019
Susan Patch
6.3mi — 1h 01m
Jan 28, 2019
Martin Thompson
Sep 24, 2018
Donald Kordich
didn’t make it to Genessee 5mi
Jul 6, 2018
Jr. Malensek

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