Hollenbeck Canyon - Trail, Jamul, California

Hollenbeck Canyon - Trail, Jamul, California

DESCRIPTION

Hollenbeck Canyonh is a nice, San Diego backcountry ride. The trail is a combination of single track and older, slightly rutted fireroads.

Approximate length is 12-14 miles, and 1800 - 2200 feet of climbing, depending on the route taken.

The route we took was to depart from the parking lot and follow the broad trail. After a right turn and through a nice grove of Oak trees, the trail turns into single track and goes through Hollenbeck Canyon. Steep sides and drop-offs, so be careful. After going through the canyon, follow the trail to the right and go through the creek. From here, the trail really starts climbing. First on single track, then through a gate to fireroad. Continue to follow the main fire road all the way up. It gets pretty steep in several sections. The trail will connect with another fireroad. We went to the left. From here, a slight downhill single track trail will appear to the left. Take this trail to the next fireroad. Turn left on this fireroad and follow the trail to the "BMX" type area. Follow the trails back to the main fireroad and enjoy a long decent to Hollenbeck Canyon and back to the car.

For an extra 2 mile loop, after you go through Hollenbeck Canyon, turn right at the fireroad intersection and climb up to a very sharp left handed switchback. To the right is a nice downhill back to Hollenback Canyon.

There are many more trails/fireroads in the area, so enjoy the exploring.

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 15, 2017]
richj8990
Cross Country Rider

Please don't take my 3/5 stars the wrong way, this is a great place to bike, but it's really a beginner spot. There is only one technically demanding trail and that lasts maybe 750 feet downhill. The rest is a few easy trails and dirt roads. It's really for exercise and some nice views, a change of pace you could say. It's big enough on the west side of the stream to do about 90 minutes for a loop, you'll have to see it on Google Maps as mentioned below. East of the stream is somewhat more demanding but nothing too hard. If you want a challenge go to North Santee off the north end of Magnolia St., that is the bomb, no exaggeration.

Customer Service

There is really only one place to park, since Rancho Jamul Drive is a gated community. As all other reviewers have said, just go SE on highway 94 to Honey Springs Road, left, parking lot is right there. This review is mainly to tell people how to cross the "stream" during the Winter/Spring rainy season when that stream can be 12 inches deep or more, and you don't want to cross it with your bike. Take the main trail NW and then a left down to the trees and the stream. On your left you'll hopefully see a small clearing where you can step on some rocks instead of getting wet. After crossing take the North trail that winds West then North again. go up the small incline then down to the Daley Ranch Truck Trail. Right on it for maybe 1/4 mile then left on side trail, fun going up and down. If you stick to the truck trail at the 1st level spot (3/4 up the hill) there is a trail on the right that's a great downhill one, the only technical one that I know of). Look at Google Maps in satellite mode to see all roads/trails on the west side of the stream.

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Steel Canyon is really overrated, no offense to anyone. There are some OK areas to go on Millar Ranch Road just South of that canyon, parking is at the top of the hill, can't miss it.Between Hollenbeck Canyon and Dulzura there is parking on the side and some OK dirt roads but there is also a shooting range there (yes, people in this part of East County just walk off the highway and shoot at stuff, you have to see it to believe it). Right on Otay Lakes a few miles will bring you to a couple of RV parks, the South one has an OK dirt road that winds up the hill, no side trails tho. I need to explore the North RV park set of trails and this posting just reminded me to do that...

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3
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4
[Nov 12, 2013]
Island20v
Weekend Warrior

Hollenbeck, otherwise know by Hell n Back is a great ride if you want to get a short 10-15 miles of good climbing and flowy singletrack. The climbs can averager from moderat to brutal and may require some hike and bike depending on your skill level but the long flowy singletrack is worth it all.

Customer Service

Start at the parking lot, ride up over the river crossing and stay right. You will ride along the canyone for a ways crossing over at times a wet stream. When you finish the canyone you will come to a Y in the trail where to the right is another river crossing and to the left a 3/4 mile steep climb to a fire road. If you want to get a little more miles in, I recommend going to the right. You can climb up the truck trail/singletrack all the way up about 1,500-2,000' in about 3 miles (refer to strava or local maps). At the top you will nitice it keeps climbing but take the singletrack back down to that river crossing. From here I like to take on that brutal climb to the fire road. I then continue climbing up around the fence. After about 3/4 mile and a couple large rollers in the middle of the fire road you will see some singletrack to your left. This ride will take you all the way back down towards the parking lot and along one of the best rides in SD.

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4
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4
[May 12, 2007]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

Just rode this trail for the first time. It's a good ride and reasonably close to San Diego. If you live in Chula Vista then I definitely recommend you try it. I only covered a little less than half the possible loop. There is some sections of decent single track and a couple gut-busting climbs (one at 17% grade for a 1/4 mile. There are sections of shade in the beginning but once you start the climb you are exposed to the heat so bring plenty of water. Overall the trails and fire roads are in decent shape.

Customer Service

See mountainbikebill's website.

http://www.mountainbikebill.com/HollenbeckCanyon.htm

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4
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3
[Mar 31, 2007]
robert earl
Cross Country Rider

i would have to say this is a great well rounded ride with climbing that is well worth the downhill, being that a majority of it is singletrack and there is never anyone around, although there is lot's of moto-x tracks, we've never seen them. but it is a really cool place with diverse terrain, and green rolling pastures it;s a great ride,, so go get some especially puting in the bottom half extender, where you get a great Dh with a minimal climb it's steep but over quick..

Customer Service

parking lot depart , kep right and link up to the single track, always veering right, you'll go through two creek crossings and after the second the climb begins. just keep climbing and stay righ , or on the outside, theres lot's of random trck trails, then you.ll go down , it;s all fore road at this point then a hairpin left is you indicator, about 100 yards beyond that keeep an eye out on your left you rsee a trail, and some barbwire, blocking , theres a gap so go around and then to the single track , it flows down the canyon, really fun, and you can go prettye fst..

then all the way down to were you started the fireroad climb, cross the creek that you crossed before and stay right up the steeep ass climb, when you summit, go right, and climb a little bit more, then you;ll see some houses, drop down the fireroad, and right before it goes up again, theres a trail on your left, iyt has a deep crevasse, whicjh i tried to jump and crashed, , there you go down down down, and then at the botom, left on a fire road, all the way through killer paatsures, and an old corrall, then just veer left lleft and left,,,and then loops back to your car.. go get em, on

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4
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3
[Jan 02, 2007]
amor587
Cross Country Rider

Beutiful trail. Oak groove passes, cliff edge riding, scenic downhills, and climbs that will make you work. Very nice trail. Rode it for the first time this past weekend. It looks like there is a whole lot of off shoot trails that can be possible choices of routes. I will most definitely be back there to explore. It is just an awesome place to ride.

Customer Service

see Mountainbikebill's website for recommended route, that is what I followed.

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5
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3
[Mar 22, 2006]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

From honey springs dirt parking lot ,take trail head up to a left xing what looks like a dry wash go up , north, climb single track to old jeep roads on top ,Hammer up some steep stuff to high point, found a single track that vered off to the right and down into a canyon that we climbed out of, back to some of the roads that we came up on. NOTE : A member of our group took a big nose dive off the steep drop off , only went 60 feet but could of gone the hole 200+ to the bottom LUCKY!

Customer Service

I DONT KNOW

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5
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3
[Sep 13, 2004]
mealsonwheels
Downhiller

After driving past this trailhead for years on the way to go climbing at Deerhorn Valley, it took a review in Mtbr to prompt me to check this out. It's well worth your time, not for the technical challenge but the pure beauty of the surrounding area. Definitely a hidden treasure of East County. Most of the trails here have either been created by or used most by moto-x riders. (The "bmx jumps" are actually moto jumps.) You're best suited to ride this trail on a long travel trail bike or freeride bike. There's lots of uphill involved, but the motos have chewed up the trail making some of the DH slower for XC bikes. You won't find any technical rock gardens, but brake bumps and very small whoops are faster to ride on your freeride bike.

Customer Service

Fireroad, doubletrack, and singletrack trails weave all over the park. Make sure you are good at navigating without signs since nothing is marked.

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Bearcat, Sweetwater, Noble, TWP.

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4
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3
[Sep 06, 2004]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

Nice trail, though a little sanding at spots until the Oak grooves. Great technical single track through Hollenback Canyon. Trail is pretty steep after the creek crossing past Hollenback Canyon, but well worth the climbs. Great work-out/training ride with some great scenary. Lot's of exploring opportunities when you reach the upper reaches of the fireroads.

Customer Service

As described in the trail description section. Start at the parking lot and follow the fireroads and single track.

Similar Products Used:

Otay Mountain

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