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Elfin Forest



9.6 mile 15.4 kilometer point to point
75% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,957' 596 m
Descent: -1,929' -588 m
High: 1,330' 405 m
Low: 505' 154 m


Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)


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Trail shared by Doug Seybert Jr

A great weekday ride.

Doug Seybert Jr

Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed

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This ride has a tough climb in the beginning and it's very rocky throughout. It's a bit challenging, but the downhill is a great reward.

Need to Know

Equine incline can be done CW or CCW, but it's a bit more difficult CW.

On the weekend the Way Up trail gets pretty busy and you can't go too fast downhill. This is a much better ride on a weekday just for the fact that you can bomb back down to the car as fast as you dare.


Start up The Way Up trail. It's a tough climb and pretty technical, but has a few good areas to catch your breath. When you pass the covered benches you're almost to the top, but the next section is the toughest.

Once at the top, take the first right on the MexCal trail. This will take you down to get setup for the Equine Incline. On this ride I did Equine Incline clockwise, which is the more difficult direction.

After dispensing with the Equine Incline, take the fire road around to the Overlook Loop. There are a few different ways to attack this loop as well. There's another trail that runs along the reservoir that's a little more fun than this one that I will post in a separate post. There's some real tough short climbs on this loop and some fun short downhills, but they all add up to a good tough loop.

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Oct 24, 2019
Jordan Lindberg
Sep 15, 2019
Larry Pasiderio
Nov 21, 2018
Kevin P
A very fun trail! The first 1.5 miles up will test you big times! It is not steep, but very rocky and technical. Go early to avoid hikers.
May 17, 2018
Goose McFarterson
Pretty sweet set of trails in an urban area. The first mile uphill to the canyon was a pain, but the flow was great once you're in the canyon. 9.8mi
Mar 31, 2018
Tom Cosgrove
Sean and I
Mar 18, 2018
Oscar Saucedo
Feb 16, 2018
Gregg Brotman
Jan 15, 2018
Michael Brunetti

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Looking out to the reservoir and dam. Trails go off to the left and right.
Sep 11, 2014 near Escondido, CA
This chunky terrain is certainly more fun on the way down than on the way up.
May 27, 2017 near San Marcos, CA
Heading up to the benches after finishing the Equine Incline loop in the counter-clockwise direction.
Jun 30, 2013 near San Marcos, CA
This is the beginning of the Equine Incline loop running in the clockwise direction.
Jun 30, 2013 near San Marcos, CA

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