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Jasper Trail

Average Rating:    (3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

This is a double track. The trail starts at high desert at 4,500 feet and decends to approximately 1,000 feet to Tamarisk Grove off the Ca. Hwy 78. This is a point to point ride with a shuttle unless your Tinker Juarez. Arrange for your shuttle to pick you up at Tamarisk Grove or at Christmas Circle if you feel like climbing 1750 feet to Yaqui Pass and then down to Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs. Seasons: Spring, Winter, Fall. I will list the trail length from the trailhead to Tamarisk Grove (this is a non-primitive campground).
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Latitude
33.201924189778936
Longitude
-116.47705078125
Trail Directions
From San Diego, head to Hwy. 78 in Ramona. Head east on 78 and make a left at Santa Ysabel on the 76 North. Turn right on county route S2. Left on Montezuma Vally Road. Continue on this road approx. 8 miles. Look for the "Welcome to the Anza Borrego Desert" sign (it's very conspicuous). Trailhead is the first double track on the right marked Jasper Trail by the State Park System.
Trail Length
15 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Borrego Springs
   


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Review Date
April 22, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: OldDogDan ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This route is actually more commonly called "Grapevine Canyon" (do a search under that name). The Jasper trail is an optional start to it that makes it much better. It is all double-track, no single-track, but enjoyable. Fast, not technical. The Jasper trail part has up & downhill dirt sections, then it heads downhill to Grapevine Canyon, which is where you get most of the sand. The sand is rarely depp enough to have to walk. Watch out for cactus & catclaw acacia bordering the trail, & bring plenty of water & an extra tube always. Very scenic and fairly remote. If you like the desert, you'l like this ride. If you don't, you won't.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Coyote Canyon, Pinyon Mountain.



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Review Date
January 28, 2004

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: dennis l lanning ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
the best part of this 40 mile loop is the ride up from borrrego springs, even though it's on the road. 15 miles of climbing should have it's rewards, but after you finally hit the trail it's sand city all the way to the bottom. i would highly recommend skipping this ride, it's one long sand trap and not much fun. there are better downhill rides almost anywhere, including any freeway overpass.

Recommended Route:
go somewhere else



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Review Date
February 1, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Miggy , from San Diego

Summary:
This is a fun descent that not too many people know about. You don't need alot of monkey motion suspension for this ride. It's just a solid 15 mile downhill with 3000 feet of descending. There is very little climbing and can be done comfortably on a hardtail. Mountain bikers wake up. This is a fun ride which can be made more challenging depending on the starting point. It's out in desert wilderness in the Anza-Borrego Desert and that's why not to many people know about it. Just watch out for the occasional 4x4. This ride can be made as difficult as you want!!

Recommended Route:
Start at the trailhead and descend down to Tamarisk Grove. If you want to do the longest possible climb in San Diego County then start in Borrego and climb from Borrego to the trailhead and descend (this is an enduro ride). Check in with Carrizo Bikes in Borrego for more information. If you are a novice to intermediate then start at the trailhead until you are comfortable with the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Nobel, Cuyamaca



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