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Elfin Forest

Average Rating:    (3.76 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 34

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Latitude
33.08672352081557
Longitude
-117.14537143707275
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Trail Length
miles
Trail Level
Unknown
Trail Type
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City/County
Carlsbad
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Review Date
February 17, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Bryan ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is awesome. It's a pretty hard climb up, but going back down is a killer (In a good way.) I had tons of fun descending, even with a 100mm fork on my bike. More travel is needed, and I must say the climb will be extremely hard for beginners, but at the top, you get to see the damn, and much more. Whatever goes up must come down right? Well as you ride the trail, there will be steep climbing sections where you might have to offload, (If you're not pro enough), and especially when there are pedestrians. Over all, it's a great place to ride if you are willing to climb for almost 2 miles, where it could get real rough. But go check it out, and I'm sure you'll enjoy the ride down like I did.



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Review Date
September 2, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: ecable ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Elfin Forest can now be accessed from Del Dios Highway. The Del Dios open space preserve is now open and affords legal access. There is a parking lot directly across from Date Lane and it saves the long drive around Escondido to Harmony Grove. The trail is a fire road up to the top. It is not nearly as technical as the way up trail, but it is steep, and the steepest part is not visible from the trail head, but appears once you make the left hand turn around the back of the hill. The trail puts you up at the top of Elfin Forst overlooking the resevoir from the north west side.

Recommended Route:
For a good >2 hour ride, start at the parking lot beside the 15 (see Lake Hodges North ride). Ride Lake Hodges north trail until you get to the Del Dios Country store. Turn on Date Lane and head over to the Del Dios Open Space Preserve. Careful crossing Del Dios. Climb the hill, turn right at the first major intersection and descend the Way Up Trail. Turn around and reverse your route. For an additional couple miles (and some climbing), throw in the equine incline at the top. This saves on driving, gives a good warmup prior to ascending and the views of the way up trail from the del dios ascent are excellent. Since these trails now connect, this is now one of the better places to ride in the north county IMO.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
PQ canyon, Dailey Ranch, etc...



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Review Date
October 19, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Allrotor13b ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
First and foremost: if you can't or don't like to climb, this is not a ride you'll like. That being said, I loved this trail. It's a mile and a half up a fairly sttep, fairly technical uphill with lots of rocky sections up to Olivenhain reservoir, and then a variety of options as to which trail to take can get you to the backside of the dam. There you'll find a loose gravel downhill that goes back and forth until you reach a road that will drop you about 1/2 or 3/4 of a mile from the park entrance. A good quick workout, but not really a good long ride.

Recommended Route:
See summary



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Review Date
August 7, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: xc madman ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
mile and a half climb technichal a few rock gardens lots of switchbacks and a lot of hikers some fun singletrack once you get to the top of the mountain. this trail isnt for bad climbers and isnt for bikes with no suspension. the trails are pretty kept up and arent overgrown. take lots of water

Recommended Route:
take the way up trail and come down it and and ride in the singletrack on the left side of the mountain once you get to the top, the rest is up to you

Other recommended trails in the same area:
calveras lake, lake hodges, flightline, daily ranch, los penasquitos, noble canyon, anderson truck trail



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Review Date
January 17, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: david darling ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
this ride is very challenging and is not for people that do not like to climb!if you have ridden here and have given it a bad review it's probably cause of your lack of ability.I've been riding here since '89-'90 before all the erosion and fires.Its my favorite because it seperates the MEN from the boys,the GRINDERS from the whiners.ITS ALL GOOD ROCKY TO SMOOTH SINGLETRACK. TRY IT.

Recommended Route:
Start via the WAY UP TRAIL(a real lung burner)at the EQUINE INCLINE TRAIL go RIGHT(counterclockwise)dropping down then climbing back up to the rest/view area.down tykes hyke trail over to the escondido overlook trail to the hodges overlook trail and back around. for the faint of heart and the weak turn around at the first mile.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
DALEY RANCH SINGLETRACK,HODGES



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