Elfin Forest Reserve and Del Dios Highlands County Preserve

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3.67 out of 5
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14.0
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↑ 5,200 ft
↓ 3,100 ft
509
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About this trail
Start with The Way Up Trail on the Elfin side for a technical climb or, if you want a grueling climb, start on the Del Dios sid wit the Del Dios Trail.
Once in the network of trails Equine Incline is a nice tough singletrail.
For area views, try Lake Hodges Overlook Trail
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  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (32 total check-ins)
  Kevin Brewster   on Sep 1, 2019
  Scott V   on Jun 9, 2019
  Paul Rine   on May 25, 2019
  Rick Lombardi   on May 25, 2019
  Dave Leuck   on Jan 19, 2019
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Gramcounter

April 25, 2016
 
Review: Good place to practice your technical riding chops. Once you get to the top of the Way Up Trail there is a network of trails that you can mix and match to make rides of varying lengths. My ride: Way Up Trail > Quail Trail > Escondido Overlook > Lake Hodges Overlook loop > Witch Trail diversion > Equine Incline Loop (clockwise) > Way Up Trail.

Trails here at EF are characterized by steep technical climbs and descents, lots of switchbacks, typical SD rockiness, ruts and low to medium drops. The Way Up Trail is busy on weekends so watch out for hikers on the way down and get one of the courtesy bells at the trailhead before you ascend.

Similar Trail: Rancho La Costa Preserve




Granny Gear

May 31, 2015
 
Review: Big climb. Loose small rocks in sandstone ruts. A few technical turns, and decent descends . Can be flowey if you're a beast of a climber. Take a full suspension that can climb well, don't think a hard-tail would as enjoyable. Trail is not exclusively designed for bikes, but is fun!

Similar Trail: el morro in Newport beach




Granny Gear

May 31, 2015
 
Review: Loose with a lot of small rocks. Lots of climbing and decent decent. Can be flowey if you're a strong climber. Hot and exposed. Best bike to ride would be a 6 inch full suspension.

Similar Trail: el morro in Newport beach




Gramcounter

April 8, 2015
a_rev Gramcounter  
 
Review: I chose the Elfin Forest as my maiden voyage on a new bike after almost 10 years away from riding MTB. It's one of those work vs reward trails - the first mile up the Way Up trail was pretty brutal, I was pushing almost as much as riding! Slightly discouraged after leaving my helmet in the truck, a short bomb down reminded me exactly why all of that work is worth it. Up on top things mellow out a bit and I kept working my way to the Lake Hodges overlook. Trails were dry but techie and super fun - for every foot of climb is a few seconds of descent right around the corner and to me, that's what kept me pushing through the tuff stuff.




Granny Gear

January 19, 2015
junnyhda Granny Gear  
 
Review: The way up is challenging, one on the top is nice and multiple trails to follow. Definitely a good place to ride but not for beginners.




Gnarly

February 22, 2014
sandyfun1 Gnarly  
 
Review: Tough start, a few breaks then tough downhill. Start from Del Dios has less traffic, but steeper too.



Elfin Forest Reserve and Del Dios Highlands County Preserve MTB Trail 3.67 out of 5 based on 6 ratings. 6 user reviews.
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