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Old 06-24-09, 02:33 PM
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Kitchen Creek

Any serious cyclist familiar with San Diego's East County will know this is no easy ride. Kitchen Creek Road consist of 10 miles of nothing but hard climb all the way up to Mt. Laguna.

My husband suggested that we do it before the weather gets any hotter. I've done it on our tandem twice before so I didn't hesitate to say yes.

The weather was a bit warmer then I would have liked and the first couple of miles are HELL! Thank goodness it gets a little easier after that. Luckily there is very little traffic except for an occasional Border Patrol agent.

We were only doing around 5 mph up the entire grade. You can't really tell how steep it is by the photo, but it was no picnic. We were sure glad when we finally made it up to Mt. Laguna. Rode to the store and got an ice cream and a small bag of Doritos as a snack.

Anyone else ever done it?
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No, never done it, but it sounds like fun! How do you define it in terms of grade %, i.e. the start vs. the rest of it? How many total feet of climbing?

How can I find this climb? I live in L.A. county, but I get down to San Diego occasionally. Is it near Anza Borrego?

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It's roughly 3764' of climbing.

Here are some directions on the route and how to get to the starting point in Pine Valley. Couldn't tell you what the grade was but it wasn't easy. It took us 2 hours to do 10 miles of just that stretch of road. Our total ride consisted of 35 miles, a little further because we parked at a different spot.

TO TRAILHEAD: From San Diego, take I-8 west to exit 45 (Pine Valley). Turn left off the exit onto Pine Valley Rd. Go .4 mile and turn right on Old Highway 80. Continue .1 mile to Majors Coffee Shop.

Distance 32.85 mi

Navigation Instructions: San Diego, CA: Kitchen Creek Road
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Distance Instruction Distance to next
0.00 mi Start Then Go 0.06 mi
0.06 mi Turn Left Old Hwy 80 Then Go 0.26 mi
0.31 mi Turn Left Pine Rd Then Go 0.06 mi
0.37 mi Turn Left Pine Blvd Then Go 0.59 mi
0.96 mi Bear Left Pine Blvd Then Go 0.13 mi
1.09 mi Turn Left Deer Creek Trail Then Go 0.05 mi
1.14 mi Bear Left Deer Creek Trail Then Go 0.05 mi
1.19 mi Turn Right Valley View Trail Then Go 0.93 mi
2.12 mi Turn Left Pine Creek Crossing Then Go 0.13 mi
2.25 mi Turn Left Pine Creek Rd Then Go 0.81 mi
3.06 mi Turn Left Old Hwy 80 Then Go 2.64 mi
5.69 mi Turn Right Old Hwy 80 Then Go 7.18 mi
12.87 mi Turn Left Kitchen Creek Rd Then Go 11.85 mi
24.72 mi Turn Left Sunrise Hwy Then Go 6.77 mi
31.50 mi Turn Left Old Hwy 80 Then Go 1.35 mi
32.85 mi Stop
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