Mt. Israel rec area - TRAIL

Mt. Israel rec area - Trail, San Marcos/Escondido, California

Miles of multi-use singletrack with lots of elevation gain/loss. Could be better regulated for MTB purposes.

User Reviews (6)

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Ken Wells   [Jan 03, 1999]

Miles of singletrack with plenty of elevation gain/loss. The "way up" trail is technically the trailhead, but with a steep elevation gain of 1200' in under 2 miles, can be a grueling way to start your ride. I prefer to loop around the backside using the "Escondido Creek" trail, saving the "way up" for a kamikaze downhill. The trails can be bumpy in places and poorly managed for bikes but fun just the same. Be sure and drop your comments in their suggestion box. Enjoy.

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Don   [Jul 25, 1999]

This trail is a lot of fun. Some technical some fast. There are A LOT of water bars (even in places where they don't seem necasary) As an experienced trail user I feel that the water bars are there to make it difficult and discourage mountain bikers. 4 out of 5 hikers I encountered seemed less than happy I was there so please ride responsibly so we won't have to worry about any trail closures.

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Way up trail is the main route. Very steep difficult climb but worth the effort. Once to the top take the Equine loop trail. (despite the name it is open to bike and a lot of fun)

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Pablo De La Cruzin   [Jul 30, 1999]

ITS A BEGINNERS CHALLENGE, GO GET UM BOYS.....

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Unless you live like, a mile from this place, its not worth your time.....Its been fire damaged, rutt central. The developers are closing in, and the place is tiny already, and very pourly maintained....

Similar Products Used: Anything but this place!!
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Bill   [Jul 03, 2001]

QUESTHAVEN no longer exists, Turn on San Elijo

Customer Service

I haven't ridden this trail yet, but the directions have changed... QUESTHAVEN is now SAN ELIJO!! (needed to change the name for all the million dollar homes being biult there).

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From Near Here...   [Jul 26, 2001]

Not only was Questhaven changed to San Elijo for the million dollar homes, there is more changes in the works that can impact all who ride around here! The developer of San Elijo Hills now wants to stick a GOLF COURSE on the ridge between Elfin and San Marcos. They want to REMOVE a bunch of trails that go up the ridgline/Double Peak to make room for their golf course! These are trails that are already considered part of the City of San Marcos Trails System! Speak now or they will be lost forever.
City Contacts:
Mayor "Corky" Smith (760) 744-5864
All other city Council members: 760-744-1050
Speak up!!!

Customer Service

Well, it seems like there is really only one "way up"... Read Below for important news...

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ST   [Sep 29, 2002]

All the best trails are hidden and not marked. From the WEST side of the mountain are older hidden and much more challenging trails, none are marked but a good navigator will find them easily, at the base of the mtn., the trails shoot off of the Escondido Sewer Line dirt road, follow them up. Expert level, very difficult climbing, you will likely dismount 1-2 times at minimum. Downhill is just as challenging, sketchy rocks, fast straight with hard slow turns on cliffy edges.

Customer Service

Enter FROM the WEST.

Similar Products Used: Discovery Hills, expert/pro level riding only, hidden, most don't travel because way up in the hills, long hard climbs, best ridding around, there are entrances from: all around mtn.: Lake San Marcos, questhaven, mt. israel entrance, discovery hills paved road entrance, best riding around, someone will probably beat me up for posting this, pack your trash out, carry a snake bite kit, hit by a rattler up there and you probably won't come down the hill. Don't forget the water, inland valley dry heat.
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