Santee Lakes To Sycamore Canyon

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3.50 out of 5
About This Trail
added by Xerien Gnarly on February 19, 2009
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This route appears to be primarily used as a connector between the city of Santee and the Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch trails. With the inclusion of the many spurs, and the pleasant singletracks that were reportedly cut after the recent fires, it rivals the majority of SC/GR with the exception of Martha's Grove and the ridge trails.

Please note that there are many no-trespassing signs along the route. According to locals and the guidebook these are not to prevent access, but merely to keep you on the main trails. (*See warning below)

From the trailhead just west of the intersection of Mast and Medina, at the end of the sidewalk, head north paralleling Santee Lakes following the most heavily tracked trails. Just past the powerlines, cross a ravine (may or may not be wet) and continue northward, between the hill and the lakes. Shortly after the water treatment plant at the northernmost lake, the terraing begins to pick up some trees. Continue north either on the main trail (east fork) or the singletrack (west) Please note again the warning below - don't venture East of the lakes...
Continue north until you reach the gate to Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch Total out and back distance to the gate along the main trail is ~11 miles (5.7 o-w)

*Warning - truck trails on the east side of Santee Lakes appear to be off limits. No entry/exit is available short of a vandalized fence, and signs are not friendly. Please avoid the east side of the lake without special permission.
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david_darling on July 27, 2011
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Review: A fun trail linking Poway to Santee. Some fast and rolling sections with a few rocky parts. Good for night rides.

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JerryC on June 10, 2011
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Review: The trail description is accurate. This is an excellent suburban trail network and appears to be heavily used. We rode to the Martha loop, be careful on the descent as it can get technical. These trails can be a good technical challenge for beginners. There are also several sections of loose sands and rocks. The out route is a barely noticeable climb. Return was almost all big chain ring. There are a number spurs that all seem to run parallel. We did find a new trail that went wear through a revine but only followed it a mile or so.

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Santee Lakes To Sycamore Canyon MTB Trail 3.50 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 2 user reviews.
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  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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