Mountain biking is one of the top things to do in San Diego for people who love getting outside. Fortunately, there are plenty of great trails to choose from whether you’re a beginner looking to develop your skills or an accomplished biker looking for a challenge. Below is a list of five of the best destinations for mountain bikers.
Although Rose Canyon Trail is about nine miles long, its main trail is easy enough for beginners. Experienced mountain bikers can also find some challenging offshoot routes. The trailhead can be found just off of Genessee, making it easily accessible. If you’re wondering what to do in San Diego this weekend, consider grabbing some friends and biking through Rose Canyon Trail.
A 4.5 mile loop through the canyons of Balboa Park features some fun hills and inclines but is still manageable for beginners. Even better, there are plenty of spots where you can exit the trail and go bike through the paved portions of the park.
One of the tougher rides in San Diego, Climber’s Loop at Mission Gorge Road features tricky cutbacks, large rocks, and fun steps that cater to the experienced mountain biker who will surely find this one of the top things to do in San Diego.
Summit Trail on Bernardo Mountain near Escondido, right next to the 15, is a solid nearly 7.5 mile trail that affords eye-popping views of Lake Hodges and wildflowers in the spring. This trail of moderate difficulty can even take you over to the coast if you choose not to loop back.
The toughest trail on this list can be found at Fortuna Mountain in La Mesa. Tricky cutbacks and loose soil make this a trail only for the experienced but it contains amazing views and waterfalls that reward your hard work. This is the trail that is sure to get the adrenaline flowing in even the most advanced mountain biker.
Funseekers can purchase a FunGig that pairs them with a knowledgeable mountain biker who can take them on one of these trails. Funbassadors can pick up some extra money while leading some cool new people down one of their favorite mountain biking trails, possibly even supplying an extra bike and gear and bringing along the right amount of water and snacks to keep everyone fueled throughout the day.