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Otay Mountain Truck Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

13.4 mile 21.6 kilometer point to point
Doubletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,759' 841 m
Descent: -2,792' -851 m
High: 3,386' 1,032 m
Low: 641' 195 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by B L with improvements by Cameron Gary

9 miles of climbing rewarded with great views.

B L

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

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The driving directions take you to a gate on private property. A sign there directs you to drive to the Pio Pico campground at the other end of the trail. Starting from that end puts you onto a very steep climb right out of the gate. I saw 9, 10, up to 19% grade. The views are nice, but the climb on gravel is intense.

Need to Know

Beware of rattlesnakes. Bring plenty of water and snacks. Popular area for trucks and jeeps. Campground convenience store can provide refreshments and restroom.

Description

This is the Otay Mountain Truck Trail. It is an unshaded, open-sky climb. The grade is fairly mellow as far as climbs go if it's done in this direction—riding the reverse is a steeper climb for those so inclined. The views are pretty awesome, and the descent down to the campground is a blast. Beware because the gravel is loose, so the corners are formidable at high speed. The place is also popular for jeeps and trucks, so watch out for those as well.

Recommend making this part of an epic loop starting and ending at the Otay Lake boat ramp. Bring plenty of water and snacks. You can also re-fill at the campground convenience store if needed.

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The way down from Dog House Junction.
Nov 11, 2017 near Ejido J…, MX
View to the east, near Dog House Junction
Nov 11, 2017 near Ejido J…, MX
Unpaved road
Nov 11, 2017 near Jamul, CA

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