Eagle Peak Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 1,933' 589 m
Descent: -1,933' -589 m
High: 1,953' 595 m
Low: 925' 282 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“A fast descent into the valley, across the San Diego River, then a technical climb up Eagle Peak for the bomb back down.”— Sean Davidson
Watch for snakes, a popular home to Pacific and Western rattlers and some weird red, black, and white snake. This is a fun trail but warning: be fit for the climbs, you'll ascend and descend around 2,000 feet over the nine miles. Another plus for endurance freaks, you can go all the way to Julian from the saddle, then circle around back to Three Sisters to make this an epic ride.
The climb to the saddle is a gain of about 1,800 feet of somewhat technical singletrack over 2.5 miles with great views and you get a chance to see what you'll be riding down. Eagle Peak is a less traveled route for hikers, which is great news for bikers.
Once at the saddle, called Saddleback, you'll find a small parking area. From here, you could continue on Eagle Peak Road to Three Sisters falls, another six-mile out and back with a gain of an additional 1,000 feet of climbing over three miles. Or, from Saddleback, turn around and bomb down Eagle Peak for a black diamond ride of pure joy, taking care not to endo and fall off the side of the mountain. The drops can be up to 400 feet with no coming back.
Once down and when the rush wears off, climb back up the San Diego River Gorge Trail #2e04 from the intersection to go to Cedar Falls, back to your start. The total out-and-back is approximately nine miles. You'll not regret the drive to Ramona for this ride. Full suspension is recommended but it can be done on a hardtail, just not as fun.
Land Manager: USFS - Cleveland National Forest Office