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san clemente canyon loop

Average Rating:    (3.06 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 16

A wide range of terrain makes this trail as staple as tuna fish.Single track, fire road, crazy alluvial rock washes that require a bit of " remember the force" mentality. Watch out for the p.oak and winter rains can turn a once familiar path outrite surreal.As of January 2k it has been the best i've ever riden it.
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Latitude
32.843827412629345
Longitude
-117.20077514648438
Trail Directions
Grand/Garnet exit coming North 5 or the Balboa exit going South. Exit on Santa Fe ave. like your going to the In & Out burger.Pass the burger joint and go left at the four way stop or go right and visit the M.B.W. After going left at the four way stop travel all the way down the road until it stops. You'll pass some industry, a trailer park and a giant harley. At the culdisac unload your bikes and gear and head north on the bike path about 300 yards then cross the tracks and look for the trail. Its a loop that heads north goes east then comes back aruond to the west( you could also go east end end up south but the former is better ).Good luck.If you get lost call the mountain bike wharehouse on your cell phone.
Trail Length
Mythically it boasts 12 mile loop
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
pacific beach
   


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Review Date
June 8, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Ben ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a pretty cool trail, I usually start at the Genesse parking lot and ride over Genesse, there is a trail head on the other side that you cant really see it unless your above it. Then I ride West to under the 52 and 5 junction, I walk across the cement river culvert (just a note i wouldn't ride it unless your sure you can, I fell once and it isn't pleasant the dirt is loose and can fall out from under you). Then the ride north is cool and open up into a large trail that a lot of people walk on. It ends at Genesse above Governor and you can look back to the parking lot by riding up to Governor and then down. But honestly I am not a fan, I don't go MB to go on roads, so I double back the same route and its new challenges.
If you ride up to Governor, and down its about 7 miles, if you double back its almost 10 miles.
The only note I can make is the strange dudes in their cars at the most western parking lot. Its like a truck stop over there and they are flirtatious if you get too close. Also people off in the bushes (dudes), but to each their own. And there is a route on the side that you can avoid the road and the parking lot, just look for it.
Also there are several break off trails on the sides that are steep and fun, but short. They almost all end in fire trails.



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Review Date
February 20, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: nfrazier3 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Warning..... do not park off the Regents exit in the park and ride parking lots. It is better to park near the breweries in pacific beach. The perverts that hang out in the park and ride can be very disturbing to any one who knows what is going on there. The pervs are also known to walk the trails soliciting. It is better to keep moving and try not to make eye with them. I have ridden here many of times and like this ride if I need some quick exercise. There also is an old bmx track with a few clean jumps and some nice views that overlook the freeways. Remember to stay out of the bathrooms and poison oak wave at the green house workers and stay clear of the strange men who lurk the trails and parking lots.

Recommended Route:
It is better to park near the breweries dorth from mtb wharehouse in pacific beach. Cross the tracks a few hundred yards up and then follow left of the 52 fw untill you get to the underpass. Go under the bridge and take the steep hill notrh. and follow the loop. I also like to ride up to the school that is south of the 52. It is up the last off shoot on the left before the trail will hit the dead end.



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Review Date
February 8, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: kneekoh ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
trail was awsome, got lost when trying to follow trail along river. alot of trees have fallen over due to the excess in rain this season. had to do alot of carrying of the bike. once you get to the under the overpasses its a big adventure. pushin the bike while practically on your knees. some parts seemed like i was trespassing, but i didnt see any signs. in the beginning of the trail i noticed alot of warnings of poisen oak and plants.(which i didnt see till my way back!went through alot of bushes, doesnt seem like i ran into anything *whew*) like i said pretty adventurous. really fun. nothing too difficult and im a beginner. dont know if i was lost or if the river washed out the trail, but i found myself carrying my bike over my shoulders in waist deep water. oh well, im returning to this trail again. officially one of my faves. everything from fireroad, to very slim singletrack. FUN FUN FUN. great workout and pretty quick. watch out for the pervs, they seem to hang out alot.

Recommended Route:
start from the end of clairmont mesa blvd, try to follow the trail along the river, itll seem like a forest adventure, really fun. once you pass the 52 805 overpass turn back and follow the fireroads. alot of singletrack that shoots to the sides, great small climbs. theres a part called cobb trail pretty steady climb but when you turn around the downhill is pretty fast and very fun. didnt see any hikers on these part of the trails and i rode on a tues mid day. two riders out there. you can also do a quick ride by passing the clairmont entrance to the other side right under clairmont mesa blvd. theres some fun fireroads and quick single. i found that theres alot of soft sand so just peddle out. have fun!



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Review Date
August 28, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: nugemolaca ,  Weekend Warrior , from San Diego, CA, USA

Summary:
(San Clemente Canyon - Rose Canyon Loop)

San Clemente Canyon/Marian Bear Park runs parallel to Hwy 52. Most of this trail has great tree coverage, and, as so well-described by another reviewer, a butt-load of poison oak. 4 years, 4 steroid shots made me a fan of that Technu shampoo and pre-ride anti-oak lotion. Especially in this canyon, folks.

This canyon has it all, just not as rip-roaring or lengthy as some other trips. Explore the side-canyons, and bike access can also be had from Biltmore and Cobb streets in Clairemont, besides just coasting down Genesee or Clairemont Mesa. At the 805, venture under all the over-passes, explore the drug-induced chalk murals of Disney and Warner Bros. characters, and proceed on with optimism towards the greenhouse/Miramar area, which is a little bit different everytime I pass through (see recommended route). With some common sense and luck, you can eventually find your way back to Rose Canyon, which is well-covered in its own set of reviews. Eventually, the trail will lead you all the way back to the P.B. bike trail. This loop takes me about 3 hours, but I'm an intermediate-skilled late-30s weekend warrior battling beer gut. Give it a shot. The 360-degree view on Miramar mesa after you 'round the greenhouse are fantastic. REMEMBER: always be friendly and wave to the greenhouse folks. They did put an unlocked gate in, after all. Did I mention that? Well, it's part of the 'recommended route', and part of the fun.

Recommended Route:
Begin @ Clairemont Mesa Road. Park in the parking lot, avoid the pervs making numerous trips to the public restroom, and proceed east. Explore the numerous spur single-track.. The trail will apparently dead-end near the 805. A trail will be found next to a fence. Portage under the 52/805 overpasses. This is definitely not for the claustrophobic. After the last underpass, there will be a path that leads out of the bridges area, and turn into singletrack. In the past 8 years, landfill, landscaping, etc. have closed off some of the canyon. Take the steep-grade access road to the top of the mesa, and proceed towards the fenced-off nursery. As of APR03, there was an unlocked gate to your left to allow access. BE NICE TO THE NURSERY FOLKS – this is private property AND the only way to complete the RC/SCC loop. Go around the nursery, look for a path into Rose, and drop on in. Take the trail past the hook-up with the P.B. bike trail and go up to the high single-track. Follow this single-track to an entrance into the rose canyon/ditch under the 52. Take the ditch to its end and hoof it back into San Clemente.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The quickie UCSD trails
Single-track 'canyonitos'Eastlake area
Lake Hodges
Penasquitos/Sorrento Valley



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Review Date
May 18, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: pops , from san diego

Summary:
Great urban ride. Lot's of hikers. I see a lot of riders blasting past hikers unannounced. Most riders
are considerate but a few of you give us a bad name.
Slow down when approaching hikers. Let them know you are there. Hate to to us kicked out of here 'cause
of a few inconsiderate others.

Recommended Route:
Follow Jefe's route but add in Old puss' singletrack and you can get a 15 mile loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Martha's Grove, Mission trails, Lake Hodges, Penasquitos canyon



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