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Double Peak

Average Rating:    (3 of 5)

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This moderately difficult trail climbs 2.5 miles from Discovery Lake to Double Peak, the second highest peak (1644') in the Cerro de las Posas Mountains of San Marcos.  The view from the peak is spectacular - west to the Pacific Ocean and coastal lagoons, north to Mt. Baldy in the San Gabriels, San Jacinto Peak and Old Greyback in the San Bernadinos and the Palomar Mountains, east to the Cuyamacas and southeast to the Harmony Grove and San Dieguito River Valley. Since the Harmony Grove fire in '96 several new singletracks have been cut all over the slopes by riders, so keep your eyes open and just explore. It's well worth the climb!

At present a fire road runs several miles along the Cerro de las Posas ridge.  In the future a 200-acre regional park will be located on the Double Peak ridgeline, with picnic and group camp sites, an equestrian area, museum and amphitheater.  An improved paved and soft-surfaced trail will replace the fire road and run the entire length of the ridgeline from Double Peak west to the microwave towers overlooking Lake San Marcos. Presently, there are also plans for a golf course which will significantly reduce the amount of singletrack. If you are as sick of trail closures as I am, contact the "Friends of San Marcos Parks and Trails" at 760-744-9000 #3505. These guys are MTB friendly and wish to keep trails open for ALL users.
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Latitude
33.12231316718106
Longitude
-117.17511177062988
Trail Directions
To access the trailhead, start at Lakeview Park off Foxhall in Discovery Hills, San Marcos. Cross the spillway bridge and the Discovery Lake Dam, and head up the paved road that winds up the hill through the new development on a soft-surface trail, crossing the street at Via Vera Cruz, passing between the houses and up to a large water tank (about 3/4 mile). A soft surface trail begins at the end of the paved road just to the left of the water tank. Follow the Double Peak Trail Sign. About 1/2 mile watch on the right for another "Double Peak" trail marker, turn right and follow the trail to the ridge. Go left on the ridge and watch for further trail markers. Singletrack everywhere! Just explore. Lots of fun ups and downs. Just be careful to not be overwhelmed at the views and keep your eyes on the trail!
Trail Length
6+ miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
San Marcos
Zip/Postal Code
92078
Country
USA
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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
June 17, 2004

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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3.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: mtdbike ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This use to be my favorite local single tract ten years ago befor the city and developers ripped out the whole middle section and put in the soft loose double tracts and a small subdivsion. Some of the newer traversing single tracts near the peak and radio towers are pretty good but are short and not worth a climb from the bottom and returning down the soft loose double trails. Sounds like the area is going to even get worse.

Recommended Route:
None

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Every other trail in No County is better.



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Review Date
June 15, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: kwellz ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
These trails are sick! Lots of fun singeltrack all over the ridgeline. Fire roads up, singletrack down.

Recommended Route:
Take the fire access road off of Foxhall up until it turns to single track at the Double Peak Trail marker. Follow the singletrack up to the fire road at the top, head over towards the radio towers and keep an eye out for other singletrack branching off. Just explore, miles of fun stuff.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mt Israel, grueling climb, speedy descent.



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