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Hollenbeck Canyon

Average Rating:    (4.14 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

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
April 15, 2017

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: richj8990 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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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richj8990 (05/08/2017)
New info., good and bad. The bad: the area about 3 miles west of Hollenbeck Canyon on Otay Lakes Road, north RV park is closed with gates and locks. To top it off, it's major hillbillies in that RV park with loose pit bulls, etc., not to mention tube-popping cactus. Don't bike there. Good news: between Hollenbeck canyon and Steele Canyon there is a Proctor Valley Road. Trails OK north of there but no trespassing signs south. However, if you go west from the last set of homes, wind down the paved/gravel road about a mile or so, you will find open unfenced trailheads just off the road on the south side!!! I know some others bike here because I see their tracks. It's a hidden gem, looks BETTER than Hollenbeck OR Steele Canyon, just be wise where you park off Proctor Valley Road, the locals there do not always like bikers.
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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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