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Santee Sycamore Loop

Average Rating:    (4.09 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

Single track north next to Santee Lakes into Sycamore Canyon. Enter Goodan Ranch Preserve. Single track next to fence until you hit the road. Follow the road to the north entrance, then drop onto the Martha's single track CARDIAC. Follow it down to the single track you came in on. Back to Santee.
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Latitude
32.850461360442424
Longitude
-117.01229095458984
Trail Directions
Park off of Mast Blvd. at Westhills High. Entrance to trail is across the street about 1/4 mile down. Enter trail at white fence just west of the first houses.
Trail Length
15 miles
Trail Level
Unknown
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Santee
   


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Review Date
January 6, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Zack ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This has been my "home ride" for over 15 years. Trail builders have been busy since the fires carving single track options to the left and right of the main riverbed. Perfect trail to bring a new rider along on, as the elevation gain overall is mild.... yet hitting this trail hard and fast with skilled riders is amazing.
We have many trails in our local ride rotation, but to this day this is one of my favorites. This ride has it all. Some technical climbing and descending when you do the loop on the opens pace preserve will keep you honest, but this trail is all about a snot and droll spraying high speed lope. Avg speed overall on this trail 11mph+ for my group of friends.
You DO at two points on the ride pass military "do not enter" signs (one on way out and one on way back). I, personally, have never had any encounters with a patrol and we ride this trail once a month min and have for a long long time.

Recommended Route:
Total trip aprox 16 miles (single track options can shorten or extend). Trip time (for my group) 1:15-1:35 rolling.

Park in dirt lot of West Hills HS (last lot corner of Mast and Medina)
Single track begins directly across the street.
Houses and Santee lakes will be on your right for several miles.
Three miles of open canyon later you hit open space preserve.
We do Preserve loop clockwise. Aprox 1 mile trail to the left will eventually pass ranger house. Left and up fire road to get to upper staging area. Single track decent to get back down (very nobleish, be careful) feeding into trail on the other side of the ranger house will take you back to the gate you entered.
Same canyon route you came out will lead you back to your car.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Spring/oak
Hollembeck
Cuymaca
Sweetwater
Noble
Anderson



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Review Date
November 20, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: marinemax ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
If you ride this trail stay east of the power lines, there are signs for a reason. There are BULLETS heading in your direction and the safe distance is past those signs. The area east of the base is patrolled every day, And there are gates closed FOR YOUR PROTECTION. I personally don't care if people ride west of the power lines, but do it at your own risk.



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Review Date
February 16, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: amotodawg ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Got stopped by the Marines riding north from Mast. They were sitting on quads under the trees by the powerlines. The told me everything north of the lines and south of the ranch is theirs and nobody was allowed access.

Recommended Route:
Trail is closed.



Comments
Lawrence (04/02/2008)
Isolated incident; trail is open.
sankaman (08/17/2009)
I second amotodawg. I was riding there a few months ago on a weekday morning and I was stopped less than a mile in from mast. Marines were driving around on the trails in a truck and told me all the trials leading up to martha's were illegal.
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Review Date
March 1, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: slowrider ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Fun ride with tons of singletrack options without tons of climbing, at least on the routs I've ridden. From Mast Ave in Santee you ride along a fireroad but there is singletrack weaving through the brush and the creek bed allmost the entire distance and not too heavy on the traffic within the park.

Recommended Route:
From the corner of Mast and Medina enter the first opening in the berrier.From that point there are many shortoptional trails along the fire road but I like to stay along the fences next to the houses and the upper lakes until the gat to the ranch. After crossing into the ranch I follow the fire road to the staging area hub where the maps are which is past the ranch house (now the rangers house. From that point follow the fireroad in the same general direction you were going up the first little climb to the staging area by the house you can see from the maps. From the upper staging area enter the singletrack on the right as you climb into the area and have fun, this was the best part of the ride through the trees and ito the canyon. After a mile and a half you come to a fireroad that intersects with the staging area with the maps; turn left away from the maps and do the hardest climb to a "T" intersection where you turn right and go through this staging area to a fun rolling trail that ends along the series of trails you came in on. Turn left and return to you're truck.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cowles is short but fun. Mission sucks except for the area directly around the clairmont Mesa entrance.



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Review Date
November 7, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Nashty boy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Sycamore Canyon (aka Sicky) is a great ride that is close very to San Diego. It can be almost all singletrack depending on how you do it. There are several ways to access it. (HWY 67, Poway Rd., and Mast BLVD. in Santee) I usually do this on my single speed as the climbs are not that bad, usually rolling.

Recommended Route:
I always start in Santee near West Hills High School on Mast Blvd. Cross Mast and start riding the singletrack. There will be several turn offs, as a general rule, stay to the right and you will miss the big sand pits. After a few miles, cross the gate into Gooden Ranch and continue out and climb the big hill towards the staging area. This is a good place to take a break and smoke one. From there take the Martha's Grove trail. This is where it really gets sweet. There are a couple of meat grinding desents, hold on. Keep on this trail until you come to the windmill, then hang a left and back to your vehicle. This takes a couple of hours. Get nashty.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mission Trails, Oak and Spring Canyons, if you want to drive a little go to Nobel.



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