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Sycamore Canyon

Average Rating:    (4.14 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 22

Very easy ride, a few water crossings, nice scenery, but not a difficult ride.
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Latitude
32.84036602561056
Longitude
-116.9989013671875
Trail Directions
15 fwy to Poway Rd. Follow to Garden Rd. Take a right. Follow to Sycamore, Take a right and go to the end. Trailhead is at the end of the road.
Trail Length
around 10 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Poway
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (22 Reviews Total) View All | Next 5

Review Date
November 21, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: SD Chris ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I just rode this trail from Mast today, it was the first time for me to start and ride trails past the lakes. I have rode the canyon part a lot years ago and it was good to ride it again. Starting from Mast made it a good long ride with more real cool parts of the trail.
It is a good place to try at least once to see if you like it.

Recommended Route:
Start at Mast and Medina Dr. head north on the dirt single track.



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Review Date
February 23, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: sjordan72 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I don't have much to add in general. Been riding here for years. Currently very wet, and mosquito infested. Especially at dusk. Wear BUG SPRAY and glasses. Gonna be this way for a month or so due to the large amount of water on the hill. The west end of the trail is very wet, but mostly sandy. I WAS NOT HAPPY to see two guys on motos tearing ass up the switchbacks, and roosting to get through the corners on Sunday the 22nd. That trail was just getting good after the rains and is surely now torn up.

Recommended Route:
See all the other reviews. This is more of a temporary warning.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Anderson, Sweetwater, MTRP, Lake Morena, Vail Lake (Temecula)



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Review Date
August 10, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: millertimes22 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I agree with all of the listed sentiments. Sycamore Canyon has enough of a mix to satisfy all skill levels and reminds you why you mountain bike...it's just great fun. I park at the end of SC road and take the one-way Martha's Grove single track. I'm still trying to learn how to maintain control of the bike on downhills so the track was great training for me. From there the valley ride is just good stuff along the fire roads. A few dips, a few winds and some open area peppered in between makes for an awesome ride. I strongly recommend at least trying it.

Recommended Route:
I started at the SC road end where the parking lot is (by the gate) and took the Martha's Grove one-way track. At the bottom, we tracked along the open fire roads and then took a right at the four way split and followed that until we came out on the south side of the Ranger's Cabin. We followed that track until we met back with the main road and followed that to the parking lot (which ends with a pretty relentless uphill - not technical, but long).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
MIssion Trails is the only other that I've ridden - a great challenge and fun, but no nearly as scenic as SC.



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Review Date
November 25, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: no_skillz ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Ridden it ~5X. The first part of the trail is boring from Mast Rd, but a good workout if you go fast enough. The single track east of Martha's is so so. It all gets much better at the Main trailhead by Sycamore Canyon Road going to the rigeline or crestline trail or whatever it is called. Just follow the little trail that heads off of the main parking lot at Sycamore Cnyn Rd end of the canyon with the mountain lion sign / riders-must-ride-together-sign. This section has solid climbs, fun rocky descents and many corners to carve. This section includes some nice short and steep descents off of corners. It does wind up being alot of riding for ~30 minutes of solid fun. The major weakness of this canyon is that it has too much fire road and not enough single track. No section of the ST lasts for more than a few minutes before you are dumped onto a fire road except for the ridge trail. I actually enjoyed the sandy sections on the floor, they are too deep and are a solid length (~100-200ft each).
Aerobically it gets a 3 because the climbs are weak with a few notable exceptions (none of which last longer than a few minutes), but you can crank away and more or less big ring it from one end to the other if you feel like it.
Technically it isn't too fast, descents are entertaining but not crap your pants thrilling and none of the climbs require any sort of skill. Also a 3 because there spots that are great skill builders, but relatively few of them.
I'll ride it again, but only if I can find that "tip-top" trail.

Recommended Route:
I always start from Mast Rd and approach the canyon from the SE. Blaze straight through past Martha's flat as heck single track and up the hill.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Alpine more technical/aerobic uphill, faster/ same technical downhill.
Cowles much much more technical/aerobic uphill, slower/more techy downhill.



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Review Date
August 3, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: amor587 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is a nice relaxed ride. Be sure to incorporate Marth's Groove into the route. You can do the loop a few times if you wanted to. It also would be a nice after work ride.



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