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Hollenbeck Canyon

Average Rating:    (4.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

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.
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Latitude
32.67048448298815
Longitude
-116.82289481163025
Trail Directions
From Jamul, take the Campo Road to Honey Springs Road. Turn Left on Honey Springs Road. Trail head is on the left.From Chula Vista, take Telegraph Canyon Road to Otay Lakes Road to Campo Road. Turn Left (North) on Campo. Less than 1/4 mile, Turn Right on Honey Springs Road. Trail head is on your imediate left.
Trail Length
12- 14 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Jamul
Zip/Postal Code
91935
Country
USA
   


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Review Date
November 12, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Island20v ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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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Review Date
May 12, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: MT ID ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
See mountainbikebill's website.

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



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Review Date
January 2, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: amor587 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

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



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Review Date
March 22, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: pahgota ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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!

Recommended Route:
I DONT KNOW



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Review Date
September 13, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

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Reviewed by: mealsonwheels ,  Downhiller

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bearcat, Sweetwater, Noble, TWP.



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