UCSD - Trail, La Jolla, California

UCSD - Trail, La Jolla, California

DESCRIPTION

Lots of single track. A few technical spots, a bit of fire road. You can take differen turns and really choose how you want to ride the area. You're always on the UCSD campus though so you can always get out.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 19, 2013]
Timothy
Cross Country Rider

The only advantage to this trail is that it is next to UCSD and if you live close a plus. If you have to drive to it I would recommend PQ and the tunnels instead. I went to UCSD and only rode this trial twice. Trail ungulates through euc's some steeper stuff and more single track on the north side, but you can ride every knock and cranny of the place in 15 minutes, so great for first time riders.

Similar Products Used:

Tunnels, Daily Ranch,

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1
VALUE
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1
[Nov 02, 2008]
hncreature
Weekend Warrior

Some people were calling this spot boring...sure if your looking for a epic multihour ride you might want to look elsewhere...but this is a fun little area if you want to get a quick ride in - Being my first time over there I was surprised by some of the more tech spots but it is an overall mix of fire road / singletrack with some tough climbs and a few descents that looked pretty ugly and I skipped - If you look hard enough you will find a small area of "freeride" like obstacles...nothing huge but it looked fun none the less

Customer Service

Just ride and keep you eyes peeled for many trail veering off in all different ways

Similar Products Used:

Sorrento Valley

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3
VALUE
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3
[Jan 28, 2008]
tiniweenie06
Downhiller

This trail is pretty awesome and good to work on techniques. If you are looking for a long and hard ride, this isn't it. However, it is right next to UCSD and civilization, and it is very fun. I currently go to school at UCSD and am still in the process of discovering all the different routes throughout the trail. My friend am I are currently attempting to make the trail more interesting by building little jumps and attempting to build berms where they need to be, however, we are still amateurs and aren't too sure how to build trails completely. It would be nice if more people came and helped maintain/build more awesome trails. There is an awesome singletrack with winding turns for awhile. a couple good downhills, and also a part with bridges and a ladder bridge. I will try to explain in the recommended route. the loop is approximately 2-3 miles depending on which way you take, and i would say looping it 2-3 times is good before it gets too repetitive. Oh, beware of "campers" i must say, i never seen the "camper", but i have definitely ran into his home when trying to discover new trails.

Customer Service

in the middle of the campus loop. (lower marshall apartments) for those that know. there's the 4 way stop sign. start there, there's a little drop in, and hang left, continue riding until you see a fork, hang left again and continue going straight on this path, you will encounter two jumps (if they are still there) and you'd hit a quick winding part, and then you'll hit gennesse. Now you have two options:

if you go left, and follow a little trail to the left that hides itself so pay attention, you'd hit a singletrack right next to a road on campus loop, you will come across a bridge and also a ladder bridge and some cool singletrack.

if you go right, follow the trail by hanging right, once you've headed straight forawhile, there are trailheads on the left side. the first one you encounter will lead to a downhill, hard to go fast down b/c of turns and cacti, and you'd cross two bridges but most likely would have to walk up a big uphill. then in front of you will lead to a sick single track. follow single track and you'd hit a t-bone, go right, and then turn left, you'll overlook gennesse and you can again either go left or right. sick trails either way. definitely a fun ride.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 04, 2006]
no_skillz
Cross Country Rider

Many many sections of short singletrack connected to a larger doubletrack/running course. There is one OK downhill and a few genuinely enjoyable sections of twisty singletrack. You will definately have to look for this stuff as it isn't apparent. Keep a sharp eye and follow all of the bare tracks off of the running course. Watch out for "campers". None of it is very technical. Runs are short. My favorite sections are the run just adjacent and parallel to the RIMAC gym/field (at speed) and the entire course (not the doubletrack) parallel to Gennessee (especially the section with two bridges despite its brevity). Two hours of riding tops. You won't improve technique here unless you session one or two things you are having difficulty with over and over and faster and faster.

Customer Service

Bike onto campus or fell the wrath of UCSD parking.

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3
VALUE
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2
[Mar 01, 1999]
James

I used to ride here all the time when I was in school at UCSD. There are TONS of places to go on this par course trail. There are even some nice hills to ascend, descend and traverse. It is a great cyclo-cross training course. And if memory servces (it has beem 4 years since I last rode it), there is a nice stretch of sand that requires speed, finesse and tons of luck.

This used to be the site of the Sorrento Valley CX race each December, and it was a blast to watch and ride.

Only word of caution is: eucalyptus roots. They can bite when wet, and the hard pack conditions is not soft when you fall.

All in all it is a FUN trail system, and definitely worth the effort to get to. By all means it is a blast. ENJOY and remember keep the rubber side down.

Customer Service

Just start on the Singletrack and ride in circles till your head gets dizzy from lactic acid overload. In other words, there is no one trail. Just use what is there and then RIP IT UP.

Similar Products Used:

Los Penasquitos Canyon Reserve, Rose Canyon, Marian Bear and any East County trail.

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4
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[Sep 12, 1999]
Jason

Well... i'll try and walk you through the course if you like but if you havn't been there you'll get lost so just go ahead an skip this section. If you know it, here we go. Start on the corner next to the four way stop. Head towards Genessee on the main trail and about 2/3 of the way to the end take a sweeping left onto a bit of single track that meanders parallel to the main line. Then the trail uturns through a hairpin onto the main trail again. Pedal. Pedal. Ok, make a left at the first double track opening. You know you are going the right way if you come to a tiny step off of a root. Then you go down the hill and immediately up the hill. We call this section el Gnarlio cause I suck and can't climb it. (el Gnarlio bypass-take a right just before the descent and go into the best single track twisties in the course... it let's you out at the same place as el Gnarlio). Then follow the main path until it forks. Go left. It's now a quick fire road that sweeps to the right to a quick little climb. Then look left to the parallel ruts. These suck, too. (or I suck at these too) I believe this is what the guy above is talking about when he refers to the sand. Ten foot ruts, about six inches deep. You have to ride in the ruts to get through the section. Followed by an immediate right as soon as you are out of the ruts... in soft sand. Trail swings left and you start the fun climb. Bit of slick rockish surface, two step up tree roots, more rockish surface then clear. Go left at the top, down the steep drop and veer left as you come out of it. Pedal up the small hill and down the next and up the next easy climb. From here on out it's pretty easy. Stay on the main trail. It rollercoasters for just a little bit through a fun banked rooted section, through some trees and then down a zig zag towards the final climb sprint to the finish of the lap. Ok. I know i just wasted my time writing this since it's not like your gonna memorize it or print it out. this was mainly for myself since i moved. I wanted to remember it. Now, do it backwards. Now, mix it up with the other trails. Ok, go home. If you see a tall Iranian looking guy there on a yellow and red fisher. Give him a kick. He likes the challenge.

Customer Service

It's your pleasure. If you can talk to someone who know's it, find out what the race course loop(it's a crit) is and do that. They also do a TT on the course backwards. The race loop is moderately challenging with some nice fun semi technical sections. After your done go to UCSD Price Center and soak your dogs in the fountain. They like it when people do that.

Similar Products Used:

Hmm... the snake path is always fun after it rains. Or maybe through the Sun Chicken's archway. Or... the stairs on rimac's east side!

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3
VALUE
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[Nov 09, 1999]
mark

This is where I learned to ride, doesn't have to be demanding but lots of interesting terrain.
Safe, close to civilization- I did see a rattler there once (during El Nino) but have never heard of anyone else seeing one ever.

Customer Service

take your pick, there is a loop on double track that is fun and a very different ride in the opposite direction. Some singletracks with great technical descents/ascents.

Similar Products Used:

Penasquitos, rose/clairemont

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4
VALUE
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[Aug 19, 2000]
Greg

Lots of fun, but short. I think the loop is maybe 2 miles or so. Some technical stuff that is a lot of fun. Fast riding! If you do the clockwise ride, remember this: after climbing out after the short downhill (very short), look to the right. There is an awesome singletrack that crosses a bridge. Not for beginners! A good addition to your ride. After about 10-15 miles of this stuff, go home. Smile on the drive back! :) I'm rating this a 4, because of the fun factor. I just wish it were longer!

Customer Service

Start at the 4 way stop. I like the clockwise route, but you can do the counterclockwise as well.

Similar Products Used:

I've ridden Iron Mountain and Ellie (difficult and technical).

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4
VALUE
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[Nov 01, 2000]
Robert

Very cool trails. Good practice for Dual Slalom, lots of tight winding singletrack and plenty of shade. No real opportunities for catching air, though. Do five laps at a fast pace and YOU WILL FEEL IT. Let's not forget the UCSD campus for some sick urban assault riding afterwards. Great after work ride. SHHHH.....Don't tell anyone!!

Customer Service

Same as the guy from Sac. The rule is just follow the singletrack!! You can keep changing them up each ride until you get sick!!

Similar Products Used:

Noble Canyon Trail, Anderson Truck Trail, Grand Loop (just ask Dominique!!), San Juan Trail in Capistrano.

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5
VALUE
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[Nov 05, 2000]
JB

The hill the other guy cals El Gnarlio is officially called "Big Wally." The slick rock-esque section after the ruts and sand is called "Gucci Gulch." Don't ask me why, it just is.

Customer Service

Follow the dirt crit course outlined in the other reviews, then follow any random set of trails and singletrack.

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3
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