June 6, 2016
Raptor Ridge is a single track section along the San Pasqual Valley Trail which in turn is a section of the Coast to Crest Trail. The climb from the west up Raptor Ridge is fairly strenuous. Once at the top of climb there is a viewpoint where you can take in a.panoramic view of the Valley. In all likelihood you will see hawks, vultures and maybe even a golden eagle circling around this area; hence the name Raptor Ridge. Descent along the east half of the ridge was fairly easy. There were a few patches of sandy soil that required some good bike handling skills but other than that it was a fun, fast descent. Once at the bottom of Raptor Ridge you can decide to continue on to the end of the San Pasqual Trail (another 4.5 quick miles) or climb back up and descend the west half of the ridge. It feels pretty remote back here so be sure to bring plenty of water, snacks, and your bike repair kit. I ran over some dry thorns and puntured my front tire. I would classify it as an advanced beginner trail.