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Old 01-14-12, 12:14 PM
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San Diego routes

Hey guys i'll be visiting san diego, CA during the summer and i was looking for a scenic mountain pass route? Anyone have any of their favorite routes they would like to pass along? Preferably something with gps so i can follow it on my garmin
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Google it and you have a lot of options to check out. Also, https://www.themappything.com/ has some good routes.

Great western loop, elfin forrest, or going coastal should get you some good rides.
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So Cal regional forum. It's pretty active, and you'll get lots of help.
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I found this one of Mt Palomar:

https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/15199750

Ive never attempted it and Im sure some of the locals here can give more insight. Dont forget the coast as a recovery ride if you get a chance.
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Originally Posted by Mike F
I found this one of Mt Palomar:

https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/15199750

Ive never attempted it and Im sure some of the locals here can give more insight. Dont forget the coast as a recovery ride if you get a chance.
That's the back side of Palomar. It sounds like trail or fire road. If you're on a road bike, I suggest parking at Harrah's Rincon and going one mile east on Rincon Rd, turn right on Hwy 76 for 7-8 miles and veer left at South Grade Rd. There's another 7 1/2 miles of climbing until you come to a store. You can turn around there or go another 5 miles to the observatory.

I parked there on New Years Day, rode through the orange groves on 76 and went up a dirt road called Nate Harrison Grade. I don't have a computer but someone told me its 10 miles at 10%. I rode a road bike with a 26/32 low gear. I only saw one other guy on the route.

Preferably something with gps so i can follow it on my garmin
Go to a cycling GPS site and type in Palomar, Sunrise Highway, Mt. Laguna, Couser Canyon, Rice Canyon or De Luz.
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Swami's ride goes through Elfin Forest.
The Great Western Loop is mountainy.
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Here you go, Plow: CLICKY

Have fun and ride safely!
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You might want to do some thinking about temperatures in the San Diego mountains in the summer.

My last couple rides east from San Diego last summer were in mid-July. Any riding I did east of I-15 (where the mountains are - Poway, Ramona, Julian, Pine Valley, El Cajon, Rancho Bernardo, Santee) and it was over 95 and frequently over 100. There is not much shade and very little water.

I didn't start riding again out east until mid-October and still saw a lot of 95 degree miles.

But - I am from the Seattle area and 80 is hot for me. Maybe SoCal riders are used to climbing 7% grades, no shade, no clouds, no wind, no humidity and 97 degrees.
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