san clemente canyon loop - TRAIL

san clemente canyon loop - Trail, pacific beach, California

A wide range of terrain makes this trail as staple as tuna fish.Single track, fire road, crazy alluvial rock washes that require a bit of " remember the force" mentality. Watch out for the p.oak and winter rains can turn a once familiar path outrite surreal.As of January 2k it has been the best i've ever riden it.

User Reviews (16)

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Ben   Weekend Warrior [Jun 08, 2013]

This is a pretty cool trail, I usually start at the Genesse parking lot and ride over Genesse, there is a trail head on the other side that you cant really see it unless your above it. Then I ride West to under the 52 and 5 junction, I walk across the cement river culvert (just a note i wouldn't ride it unless your sure you can, I fell once and it isn't pleasant the dirt is loose and can fall out from under you). Then the ride north is cool and open up into a large trail that a lot of people walk on. It ends at Genesse above Governor and you can look back to the parking lot by riding up to Governor and then down. But honestly I am not a fan, I don't go MB to go on roads, so I double back the same route and its new challenges.
If you ride up to Governor, and down its about 7 miles, if you double back its almost 10 miles.
The only note I can make is the strange dudes in their cars at the most western parking lot. Its like a truck stop over there and they are flirtatious if you get too close. Also people off in the bushes (dudes), but to each their own. And there is a route on the side that you can avoid the road and the parking lot, just look for it.
Also there are several break off trails on the sides that are steep and fun, but short. They almost all end in fire trails.

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4
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4
Brandon   Racer [Dec 21, 2007]

fun fun fun me 9 my bro rode this trail so much great jump after desent 2 way then some burms its all good

Customer Service

dont get lost on the climb

Similar Products Used: canyons
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4
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3
nfrazier3   Cross Country Rider [Feb 20, 2005]

Warning..... do not park off the Regents exit in the park and ride parking lots. It is better to park near the breweries in pacific beach. The perverts that hang out in the park and ride can be very disturbing to any one who knows what is going on there. The pervs are also known to walk the trails soliciting. It is better to keep moving and try not to make eye with them. I have ridden here many of times and like this ride if I need some quick exercise. There also is an old bmx track with a few clean jumps and some nice views that overlook the freeways. Remember to stay out of the bathrooms and poison oak wave at the green house workers and stay clear of the strange men who lurk the trails and parking lots.

Customer Service

It is better to park near the breweries dorth from mtb wharehouse in pacific beach. Cross the tracks a few hundred yards up and then follow left of the 52 fw untill you get to the underpass. Go under the bridge and take the steep hill notrh. and follow the loop. I also like to ride up to the school that is south of the 52. It is up the last off shoot on the left before the trail will hit the dead end.

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3
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3
kneekoh   Cross Country Rider [Feb 08, 2005]

trail was awsome, got lost when trying to follow trail along river. alot of trees have fallen over due to the excess in rain this season. had to do alot of carrying of the bike. once you get to the under the overpasses its a big adventure. pushin the bike while practically on your knees. some parts seemed like i was trespassing, but i didnt see any signs. in the beginning of the trail i noticed alot of warnings of poisen oak and plants.(which i didnt see till my way back!went through alot of bushes, doesnt seem like i ran into anything *whew*) like i said pretty adventurous. really fun. nothing too difficult and im a beginner. dont know if i was lost or if the river washed out the trail, but i found myself carrying my bike over my shoulders in waist deep water. oh well, im returning to this trail again. officially one of my faves. everything from fireroad, to very slim singletrack. FUN FUN FUN. great workout and pretty quick. watch out for the pervs, they seem to hang out alot.

Customer Service

start from the end of clairmont mesa blvd, try to follow the trail along the river, itll seem like a forest adventure, really fun. once you pass the 52 805 overpass turn back and follow the fireroads. alot of singletrack that shoots to the sides, great small climbs. theres a part called cobb trail pretty steady climb but when you turn around the downhill is pretty fast and very fun. didnt see any hikers on these part of the trails and i rode on a tues mid day. two riders out there. you can also do a quick ride by passing the clairmont entrance to the other side right under clairmont mesa blvd. theres some fun fireroads and quick single. i found that theres alot of soft sand so just peddle out. have fun!

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4
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3
nugemolaca   Weekend Warrior [Aug 28, 2003]

(San Clemente Canyon - Rose Canyon Loop) San Clemente Canyon/Marian Bear Park runs parallel to Hwy 52. Most of this trail has great tree coverage, and, as so well-described by another reviewer, a butt-load of poison oak. 4 years, 4 steroid shots made me a fan of that Technu shampoo and pre-ride anti-oak lotion. Especially in this canyon, folks. This canyon has it all, just not as rip-roaring or lengthy as some other trips. Explore the side-canyons, and bike access can also be had from Biltmore and Cobb streets in Clairemont, besides just coasting down Genesee or Clairemont Mesa. At the 805, venture under all the over-passes, explore the drug-induced chalk murals of Disney and Warner Bros. characters, and proceed on with optimism towards the greenhouse/Miramar area, which is a little bit different everytime I pass through (see recommended route). With some common sense and luck, you can eventually find your way back to Rose Canyon, which is well-covered in its own set of reviews. Eventually, the trail will lead you all the way back to the P.B. bike trail. This loop takes me about 3 hours, but I'm an intermediate-skilled late-30s weekend warrior battling beer gut. Give it a shot. The 360-degree view on Miramar mesa after you 'round the greenhouse are fantastic. REMEMBER: always be friendly and wave to the greenhouse folks. They did put an unlocked gate in, after all. Did I mention that? Well, it's part of the 'recommended route', and part of the fun.

Customer Service

Begin @ Clairemont Mesa Road. Park in the parking lot, avoid the pervs making numerous trips to the public restroom, and proceed east. Explore the numerous spur single-track.. The trail will apparently dead-end near the 805. A trail will be found next to a fence. Portage under the 52/805 overpasses. This is definitely not for the claustrophobic. After the last underpass, there will be a path that leads out of the bridges area, and turn into singletrack. In the past 8 years, landfill, landscaping, etc. have closed off some of the canyon. Take the steep-grade access road to the top of the mesa, and proceed towards the fenced-off nursery. As of APR03, there was an unlocked gate to your left to allow access. BE NICE TO THE NURSERY FOLKS – this is private property AND the only way to complete the RC/SCC loop. Go around the nursery, look for a path into Rose, and drop on in. Take the trail past the hook-up with the P.B. bike trail and go up to the high single-track. Follow this single-track to an entrance into the rose canyon/ditch under the 52. Take the ditch to its end and hoof it back into San Clemente.

Similar Products Used: The quickie UCSD trails Single-track 'canyonitos'Eastlake area Lake Hodges Penasquitos/Sorrento Valley
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3
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3
James   [Feb 24, 2000]

It has been a few years since I have ridden here, but I can truly say that the trails (fire, double and single) are some of the best in coastal San Diego.
The description above is a good start to work from. I used to ride in this area when commuting to and from work. When I really wanted to enjoy the canyon, I would ride parallel to the RR tracks from Genesse toward 805 and then double back below UC High School, under Genesse and continue on to the Hwy 52 overcrossing. I would then cross the culvert and head back to Genesse. I believe the total loop was about 6 miles. You can continue into Rose Canyon (Hwy 52 canyon) toward 805, and connect up with the RR tracks via a connecting trail just past 805.

Customer Service

Any and all trails in this part of San Diego are worth trying, at least once.
From the described trail head, head north and follow the railroad tracks toward the 805 freeway. The great thing about this ride is that you can make a loop into the Rose Canyon area along Hwy 52, or you can ride an out-and-back along the tracks to 805. Either way is good. Not too challenging, but you will get a workout since the terrain is a lot of rollers. No climbs. You may grunt a bit, but then again it is exercise, right?

Similar Products Used: Los Penasquitos, UCSD and the climb up Mt. Soledad.
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MikeD   [Mar 28, 2000]

My first real MTB ride, and it turned me on to the sport forever. (On a borrowed, rusty POS with 2 working gears and clipless pedals w/o cleated shoes, no less!) Versatile, if unspectacular, riding; it's fun to return here every so often and find new places to play and hurt yourself. Simply explore; you don't need directions. The park follows the 52 east and contains lots of different things to ride; wide dirt roads, rocky washes (which can become deep streams), singletracks, small hills, etc. Advanced riders will find places to work on specific skills and play around a lot; this isn't an epic ride, but it's what you make it. Beginners will get a good taste of everything and can stay out of trouble, or find as much trouble as they want. Beware of hikers and non-sport riders on the larger paths! For those in the area, it's a great place. If you're travelling to SD, there are much better rides in the area to make your trip worthwhile, but I remain fond of it, both for sentimental reasons and because I can find places to practice wheelie-ing and bunny-hopping over the same obstacle repeatedly without too much hassle.

Customer Service

You can start as detailed above, or start in La Jolla and travel along the railroad tracks on the paved path. Turn left across the tracks when you see signs for the park. You'll have to push through some brush and cross an ankle'deep stream at this trailhead.

Similar Products Used: Go north to Ortega along Hwy 74 or out to Lake Morena on 8 east! Or, if you're a Marine, try and dodge Range Control and an NJP as you ride the great hills in northern Pendleton.
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3
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Wild-J   [Jun 28, 2000]

Beware the Hornets!!!! I must've found a dozen hornets nests/swarms out there, no stings but I didn't hang around to tempt them either. The trail itself was satisfying for a morning adventure. Some of the trails will not work for you if you don't do heights well, sharp drops to one side in some places. Good singletrack with some drops and a few tech sections. some rocks and a couple little creek crossings. I was out on a Tues morning and only saw one other rider out there. You can get as crazy as you like, enough to entertain advanced and beginners alike. There are some nice rest spots and benches. The bettewr parts of the trail are out of the shade so some sunblock won't hurt. I took a friend who has about a month and a half of riding trails and he did just fine and actually plans on going back to practice. Good local playground if you ask me.

Customer Service

First time there so I just kinda played around out there. Spent a few hours exploring checking out the trail options. I found the best riding moving east into the valley south of the overpass.

Similar Products Used: Noble Canyon, UCSD, Dailey Ranch
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Jefe   [Sep 10, 2000]

This loop can be fun. Heading west, stay on the singletracks on the south side of San Clemente.
Follow to 52/5 overpass and head north towards
University City. Fun off camber climb turns into
quick descent across creek. Continue 1/2 mile and
cross rr tracks to fireroad on north side of tracks.
Continue past 805 overpass. ( There are a lot of fun
singletracks if you heads north towards Miramar. This
is gov't. property.) A fun singletrack heads south
about 1/2 mile from 805. Climb singletrack and then heads towards powerlines. Take fast descent then hard right at bottom to singletrack. Follow singletrack
to riverbed and head west. This will take you back to
San Clemente Canyon.

Customer Service

I start from the end of Lehrer Dr. in Clairemont. Drop
into the canyon from here and head either east or west
at the bottom of the trail.

Similar Products Used: Rancho Penasquitos, Lake Hodges, Iron Mountain, Mission
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3
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big dave   [Dec 18, 2000]

I gave this trail a fair chance this week, and I am sorry, it sucks. It is not even worth it to ride it after work. It is more like an urban BMX park then a mountainbike ride. The trail would be ok if you are very new and wanted to start learning to ride, that is it.

Similar Products Used: Elfin Forest
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2
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