Rancho La Costa

3.50 out of 5
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↑ 1,300 ft
↓ 1,300 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Switchbacs up
Horned Lizard down
added by palom0Bunny Hop
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (8)


April 4, 2016
Review: I have ridden four of the trails here and enjoyed them all. Switchbacks is probably the easiest descent but has a few areas you can get hung up on if you don't have rock clearing skills. Horned Lizard has a couple of steep and rocky sections that might scare novice riders. Whiptail Loop is my favorite. It has a lot switchbacks and curves. It has a few sections where you can really pick up speed. Becareful because these often end in a gnarly switch back or a rough patch of sharp rocks. The lower slope is much more easy going. Whiptail Loop connects with the Copper Creek trail. This is a fun descent down into a little gorge. There are a couple little waterfalls to enjoy down here and a nice shady ride through some woods. I have not ridden much beyond the woods but I understand you can connect to some other trails in the San Elijo area.

Granny Gear

October 15, 2015
marecean Granny Gear  
Review: Excellent climbing trail. Very rocky, my 26 in tires took a beating. Coming down was a blast. Give way to more experienced bikers as they are flying. Loved it.

Granny Gear

May 8, 2014
detacinst Granny Gear  
Review: This is a good climb with challenging rock steps adding to the difficulty. Short ride, but extends to other trials. Seems to be a popular trail for hikers, but everyone appears real friendly and are more than willing to let bikers climb on.

Similar Trail: Anderson Truck Trail


April 11, 2014
Hyrum1959 Gramcounter  
Review: Being from Kansas I was not quite ready for climbing immediately, but well worth it. Fun and challenging switchbacks, with enough technical to keep me focused. One minor tumble gave me the battle scars needed as souvenirs. Watch out for the rattlesnakes!


January 10, 2014
Eric Foltz Doubletrack  
Review: This is a pretty fun little area. I've ridden here a couple of times and although the mileage is limited, you can link up with the San Elijo Hills trails to make some longer loops. There are some new trails over on the other side of Rancho Santa Fe that can be added on. Nothing really technical, just a lot of sharp rocks so use beefy tires.

Similar Trail: Palo Comado

Granny Gear

December 15, 2013
flexnit Granny Gear  
Review: Great switchback with some challenging sections. I seem to always leave with a sense of survival and a scratch or two...only reason not giving a 5/5 is due to it being a short trail.

Bunny Hop

February 10, 2012
wheelerj1 Bunny Hop  
Review: Not for the beginner / novice. Took my son to it & being a beginner, he likened it to seeing a shark on your first day surfing! I can't wait to explore more of it next time though!

Granny Gear

September 10, 2011
rkwelsh Granny Gear  
Review: Local spot with something for everyone. Takes about 30-40 minutes to get up the hill. There's one downhill trail, and multiple XC trails that are fun. Typical SD rockiness.

Rancho La Costa MTB Trail 3.50 out of 5 based on 8 ratings. 8 user reviews.
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