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Tecolote Canyon

Average Rating:    (2.06 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 16

Initially dirt access road, then some 50 - 80 foot hills. Many single tracks fork off from main road. I like going left along golf course then along river. Very enjoyable scenery and some well maintained intermediate trails. Going in is slightly uphill. Hills are pretty tough: somewhat steep with loose rock. Singletrack is harpack, with rock and sand near the river. Watch out for cactus and washed out areas on hillsides.
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Latitude
32.792253202336
Longitude
-117.18695640563965
Trail Directions
5 frwy North to (just North of 8 frwy) Tecolote Rd, East trailhead is at end of road. Ample parking, facilities.
Trail Length
at least 10 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Mission Bay
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (16 Reviews Total) View All | Next 5

Review Date
January 26, 2009

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: noodleman ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
You have to MAKE this trail a challenge. It's got a mix of everything. Steep Climbs, fast downhills, hard pack single track. It's also "connectable" to other systems. We ride a set that covers 12 miles on my GPS. Takes around two hours but it's a good time. As far as digging it up to make jumps? That's not what it's for.

Recommended Route:
We start at the visitors center and take it up past the golf course. Watch for the left turn after the fire road crossing that'll take you up the hill and dump you out on the road. You can take the road down teh hill and connect back up with more trail system across from the golf course entrance. That trail ends up at almost a dead end. You have to hike a bike up teh hill and make a fairly terrifying road crossing, I want to say Genessee. I had an idiot throw a drink at me while we waited for the cars to clear. Anyway, the nest section is fast single track that again dumps you out on the road. Follow it about 1 mile and it takes you back to the entrance to Telelote. I'll see if I can get better directions since I'm brain fartign the connecting roads.



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Review Date
May 19, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: loudog5 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode Tecolote for the first time since it was washed out by the winter rain. The trail is very OVERGROWN, with alot of spikey plants that like to take a bite out of you. The trail has been redirected on the Mesa College entrance. The new trail is very well done. The only exception is the last portion which is very loose dirt and very steep with a step or two. I was not able to make it up this portion, that could be because I had no idea what was coming, but I don't believe many people could navigate this 20-30 foot section. Other than that the improvements are very nice. Do be AWARE there are RATTLESNAKES out, I ran over one across from the golf course driving range. There are lots of lizards and rabbits to be seen. For the most part the south end of the trail is very nice but overgorwn, there are also a few larger ruts, but that is just a little more fun. Hope you have fun.



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Review Date
November 9, 2007

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: loudog5 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I love this trail for a quick ride in the city.

Recommended Route:
I usually start right across from Mesa College and go along the east side of the golf course down to the visitors center. Do beware of the stream, alot of water and mud along the trail this time of year. If you are taking the whole trail be careful at Balboa, there is no way to go across without going on the road, you have to go west up by the redevelopment area and cross at the Clairmont Drive light. The north part of the trail is nice as well, not as many hills. This is a great trail for beginners.



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Review Date
November 21, 2004

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: wardubz ,  Downhiller

Summary:
I was riding back in this area a lot since i just moved here from tahoe and didn't know where else to ride. as other reviews have pointed out, this is a pretty dismal area with powerlines, sewer vents, poor trail system and very eroaded single track.
i was bringing my shovel out with me on rides to try and make at least on section of single track more exciting. i dug up a few jumps, enhanced some existing terrain to the point where i had a pretty fast, fun and challenging downhill going. then i came out and it was all torn down and the dirt was put back where it was dug up from. this is disappointing- i suppose the people who manage the area came and ruined it for some erosion control bs. besides this one quick dh shot, there is a single track that follows along the golf course for a while and leads into some windier, flat xc riding that is decent. there are a couple minor technical spots but that's about it. otherwise, this area has a ton of up and down truck roads that basically follow the powerlines. I do not recommend coming here unless you live close by and you are jones'n for a quick fix. It gets boring fast, there are a ton of dead end single tracks, no real trail system and overall boring terrain.

Recommended Route:
I would usually drop in from USD main campus and follow along to a quick downhill and make a right to a couple of hill sections to bomb, or you can keep going for "xc" ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
since my work was destroyed, i have no motivation to come back here. i put in 10 plus hours over the course of several rides to fix up one section and it was torn down. i don't really know where else to go but for my riding ability and style i think i will head to Noble or ATT or find some urban riding. This area will put you to sleep unless you have nothing better to do.



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Review Date
June 12, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: NappyT ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is accessable from the end of my street. This is a fun trail to ride afterwork when you don't have a lot of time and want to go for a quick ride. Lots of hills makes this a good aerobic trail to ride.

Recommended Route:
Best to enter at the Visitors Center and head north.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rose Canyon



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