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lAKE MORENA

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No. of Reviews: 12

DOWNHILL BABY AND FAST ....NEVER RIDDEN UP ON THE DIRT...50'S STYLE DRAG RACING FOR PINK SLIPS....
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Latitude
32.70476115914203
Longitude
-116.59163475036621
Trail Directions
INTESTATE 8 EAST TO BUCKMAN SPRINGS RD., EXIT RIGHT TO STOP. STRAIGHT AHEAD TO CAMP MORENA SIGN, TURN RIGHT AND ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP OF THE HILL (ABOUT 2 MI.).TRAILHEAD TO BOTTOM IS CALLED KERNAN CYCLE TRAIL!!! APPROXIMATELY 45 MI. FROM S.D. CITY.........
Trail Length
4miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Lake Morena
   


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Review Date
November 18, 2003

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: Stu ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
F'n Great uphill down hill and xcrountry.
this is one of the most awsome trails in the SD area. There are motorbikes on it but they mostly made it and it would be nice to have a throttle for some of those climbs. If your in the SD area ride. 15 miles of FUN!!!

Recommended Route:
Wrangler & Gunslinger



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Review Date
September 21, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: campo ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I can’t believe more people don’t ride up the Kernan Cycle Trail.
It’s a good challenge, and all the hills are climbable, although not always on your first attempt. Give each hill three good goes, if you don’t make it, push-up, and try again next time. The hard rock trail base affords excellent traction, if you chose the right line.
Park just past the Army Camp, this will give you a few minutes to warm-up before hitting the hills. It’s natural to think you are going to die climbing the first couple times but, it gets easier as you learn the correct lines.
If you still have some steam left once you reach Four corners continue climbing to the look-out and then ride back down the Espinoza Trail to the pavement, and the back to your car.
The best time to go up Kernan is two or three days after it rains. The trail will be harder-packed, as it dries out it gets sander and little loser at the bottoms.



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Review Date
March 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Lightdr , from San Diego

Summary:
This area ROCKS!!! The wide variety of trails, terrain, uphill and sweet downhill makes this a San Diego Must Ride. Plus, this is one of the few areas in western San Diego county that's rideable in the rain, as a lot of it is decomposed granite. You can ride as little as 10 miles here, or as much as 40. While anyone can negotiate most of the trails, they're most appreciated by intermediate to advanced riders. I've ridden this with novices, and seen them crash and burn on the steeper sections, so beware. If you're into jumps, the downhill sections give you a great place to show off your chops, but WATCH OUT FOR MOTORCYCLES AND ATVs. On the whole, they're a great bunch of folks, but keep in mind that you can hear them and they can't hear you, so ride with your eyes and ears. Also, try not to dis them, as it's because of them that this great network of trails exists. The Espinoza trail is a short 1 mile burn, but worth the effort as it leads you to a sweet 3 mile downhill run. Another note - ride early with lots of water. It can easily and frequently hit the mid 90s out there. Bottom Line - If you've got the chops, once you ride this area you'll be looking for opportunities to ride it again and again. Enjoy!

Recommended Route:
Start at bottom of Kernan Cycle Trail. Take pavement uphill to gate. Go around gate (it's legal) and head up dirt road. Turn left onto Espinoza trail. Burn uphill for 1 mile to saddle. At saddle/junction, turn left (uphill) on fire road. Follow road past junction, bearing right. Next 3 miles is sweet, fast and furious downhill. Cross paved road at bottom and head left up canyon to Four Corners. Take right onto Wrangler trail. Ride to end. Ride back to Four Corners on pavement or trail. From Four Corners, take Kernan Cycle Trail back to vehicle. 18 miles.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Anderson Truck Trail



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Review Date
November 17, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Kevin Martin , from San Diego

Summary:
I went out to this ride yesterday for the first time with alot of expectations. It was pretty hyped by the above mentioned book, and by a couple bike shops in the area, so I was concerned about a let-down here- especially when it involves over 100 miles of driving to get there. Well, I certainly wasn't disappointed! The climb up to Four Corners was enough warmup to stretch the lungs abit, and the "wrangler" path was truely breathtaking! I had some definite trouble coming back up on trail 5, but after talking to a few dirt-bikers on the trail I came to the conclusion that there was some bad washouts due to last weekend's rains. The ride ends with a perfect Grand Finale downhill via the Kearnan Cycle Trail... ate it twice on bad drops and still had to have more! It was an awesome experience- 20 miles on the odometer and some sore muscles are a pretty good score for a saturday. I definitely recommend it!

Recommended Route:
The loop as outlined in Daniel Greenstadt's SAN DIEGO MOUNTAIN BIKE GUIDE worked out pretty well, but there was alot of room to explore...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Anderson Truck Trail; Grand Loop at Cuyamaca



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Review Date
June 6, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Andrew , from San Diego,CA,USA

Summary:
By far the best riding in San Diego County. Just watch out for the offroad vehicles. Great banked turns and an awesome downhill section.

Recommended Route:
Start at the bottom and ride up the rode to the trail head. Take every possible trail from the sign!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Noble Canyon and Anderson Truck trail



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