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Beautiful, easy singletrack down near Lake Cuyamaca and Meadow.


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Map Key

3.1

Miles

5.0

KM

Singletrack

4,717' 1,438 m

High

4,636' 1,413 m

Low

137' 42 m

Up

148' 45 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

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Description

Marty Minshall trail features some nice, easy singletrack down along the shore of Lake Cuyamaca. There's a small trailhead/parking at the bend in CA79 where it intersects Milk Ranch Road. Heading east from here you intersect with Los Caballos trail and shortly thereafter, you'll cross the lake (if the water level is high) on a small dam. After you leave the lakeshore, the trail has great views across the Cuyamaca Meadow. A section of the singletrack continues across the paved access road to Los Vaqueros Group Horse Campground. Just before reaching the campground, mountain bikers must take Soapstone Grade Fire Road.

Much of the section between Hwy 79 and the horse campground passes beneath forest recovering from the massive 2003 Cedar Fire offering intermittent shade.

The portion of the trail west of CA79 seems to get much less use. I found it overgrown in places and much of it is very close to the highway. As shown here from the beginning, there is a steep little climb and descent at the start (at the shared driveway for some vacation rentals) that many riders may find difficult because of some well-placed rocks and ruts sized just right to make pedal strikes unavoidable.

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#962

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#12,932

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Eastbound to Anza Boreggo Desert State Park
May 26, 2021 near Julian, CA
Meadow
May 26, 2021 near Julian, CA
Singletrack through trees
May 26, 2021 near Julian, CA
Huge fallen tree parallel to trail
May 26, 2021 near Julian, CA
Singletrack parallel to Lake Cuyamaca
May 26, 2021 near Julian, CA
Headed toward the lake.
May 27, 2023 near Julian, CA

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