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Level: Intermediate
Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +713/695 ft
Total: 85 riders

Mountain Biking Daley Ranch

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#51 of 1,001 mountain bike trails in California
#877 in the world

This is a network of Fire, double, and singletrack routes. There is a little of everything here, but anyway you cut it you have to climb a little to get to the trails. There is a flat loop in the meadow, some steeper more fun singletrack in the east section of the park, while the west section has some more gentle double, fire, and singltrack trails. Good proximity if you're in the SD area. Lots of hikers. The singletracks are well groomed.

First added by tumbleweed14 on Jul 13, 2007. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take I-15 to El norte exit and head east about 2-3 miles, north (left) at the dixon lake sign, up the hill to the parking lot on the left.
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  • Tony k

    I went tues. and thurs. I saw only
    a few hikers and about the same number of bikers.
    Lots of different trails, the weather was pretty good but on a hot day it's probably brutal bring water and have fun.

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  • BBelfield

    I don't see the appeal of this place for a bike; it's a great hiking spot though. It's very steep and rutted with little reward for all the climbing. Summer is miserable with no shade on most of the trails and triple digit heat. It's basically a giant decomposed granite mountain with zero traction unless it gets a light rain. I live five minutes away and don't bring my bike there anymore.
    If you decide to check it out, you only need legs, lungs and low gears (and plenty of water, none on the trail). Leave the big bike at home.

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  • Chris Pickford

    Daley Ranch is a large open space that lends itself well to rides of varying lengths. Because I enjoy the variety of riding here I tend to do long 3 hour rides of 15 miles or more. If you want to experience all regions of the park and feel like you've had an epic ride, I recommend starting at the Caballo trail head at the southeastern corner of the park. Climb Caballo to the Sage trail and turn right. If you feel up to it try bagging Stanley Peak at about mile 4. It's a mile long brutal climb but the view of the surrounding area is well worth the effort. Follow Sage to the Jack Creek Meadow loop trail. This will take you to the north end of the park. Ride a short way south on the west part of the loop trail until you get to the Hidden Springs trail on your right. This mile long fire road starts out steep, then tapers off for a while then gets steep again until it plateaus out on the northwestern section of the park. This area is dotted with oak woodlands. Once you get to the Engelmann Oak Trail turn left. Watch for the Burnt Mountain single track on your right. This is a fun 1/4 mile ride thru oak woodlands. At the end of the Burnt Mountain you reconnect with the Engelmann Oak trail. Go left and continue down the rocky double track. In a half mile or so you will see a sign for the Bobcat Trail, a mile long single track that is a bumpy straight shot through some woods that will bring you out on the Cougar Ridge fire road; again a steep climb. Follow Cougar Ridge for a couple of miles till you get to the Boulder Loop fire road. This area of the ranch is one of the most scenic. Cyclopean stacks of granite line both sides of the road. Go right on Boulder Loop for about a quarter mile until you come to the Rock Ridge single track on your left. This is a fun but short technical descent that is steep and rutted. Once you connect with the Boulder Loop trail turn left and continue to the end where it connects with a paved road. Turn left until you reach the Jack Creek Meadow Loop. Take the right fork of Jack Meadow then right again on the Sage Trail and follow the route back that you came in on. There are a few single track diversions off Sage that are fun to ride, Diamondback, Coyote Run and Quail Run. The summer can get really hot here so be sure to bring a few liters of water, an electrolyte drink and sunscreen.

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  • Steven Van Ingen

    Visiting from Texas - trails were extremely dry, loose and dusty. Had trouble with traction vs. inclines - up to 35% in some areas. Managed 11 miles, but much of it hike-a-bike due to the poor traction. The North and East sections were easier with fewer big climbs. Overall fun trail system. The central "meadows" section of singletrack was marked as "closed for remediation".

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  • *****

    After reading all 3 star ratings I didn't know what to think. But this is 1 of the best trails around. It's fine for any level of riding.

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  • Chopperdad

    I like this trail because it is very versatile. You can make it an easy ride or a hard ride, short or long route. Close to home.

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  • mreardon

    My son and I love these trails. Since we usually do not carry a map, it's always an adventure!

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  • The_Germ

    very nice trails. this place has a mix of fire break roads and singletracks. if you wanted you could stay out hitting the trails all day. its got some really steep climbs in some spots, or steep DH depending on what way ya go.

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  • david_darling

    With trail access for mtn. bikers at a premium in San Diego, Daley Ranch offers over 3500 acres of open space and multi use trails. There are fire roads connecting to singletrack throughout the ranch with plans to create more miles of trails. Many challenging climbs and rocky terrain are sure to deliver a good time.

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