Laguna Cuyamaca Springtime Epic

Who is up for one of the best loop rides in all SoCal, right in our own backyard? 

This ride will be some of the best views and scenery anywhere, with the spring wildflowers and green hillsides.

 This is a great loop ride with miles of excellent singletrack, and a short 3 mile section of Sunrise Hwy as connector. 

We will leave at 8am from the equestrian parking area on Hwy 79, a half mile north of the Green Valley Falls campground entrance. 

The first section will be easy warmup climb on East Mesa trail, then fun summit trail up Oakzanita Peak. We will then head east past Granite Springs down to DeerPark and up over either Pine Mountain or Champagne Pass. Onward to Pioneer Mail, north to LaCima, with northern most point at Pedro Fages monument. 

From there, we rip it back south down through Cuyamaca SP back to the cars. 

Total distance is 32 miles, with over 4,000ft of climbing.

 THIS RIDE IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS OR WEAK INTERMEDIATE, expert and strong intermediate with legs and lungs, ready to ride! 

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  • cindy m.

    Thanks for a great ride! But I did run over the biggest rattle snake ever. Other hikers even hears me scream! I am looking forward to more rides

    1 · May 12

  • Jim

    Really fun ride today. Strong, fast group with no trouble on the climbs, except me! And perfect weather, great day on the trail.

    May 10

  • Todd

    Thanks Jim. Great ride, great group.

    May 10

  • Allie

    Just wanted to check in and see what the estimated end time would be based on past experiences. Is there a chance we'd be done by 2pm?

    May 9

    • Todd

      hi allie, we should be finished by 2 at the latest.

      May 10

  • Jim

    David, no parking pass required as trailhead is in state park. And good news this week is that courts ruled against the US Forest Service Adventure pass:

    "U.S. District Judge Terry Hatter Jr. ruled the Forest Service can no longer charge fees for visitors who simply park and explore in undeveloped areas of Cleveland, Los Padres, Angeles and San Bernardino national forests. The ruling is the latest action in a lawsuit filed in 2012 by four hikers seeking to eliminate the fee for those wanting to hike in parts of the four forests."

    May 9

  • David W.

    Do you need a park pass to ride out here and where do you get this?

    May 9

  • Jim

    Cindy, if you are strong climber with good endurance, you will be fine. Most of route is fast, flowing singletrack, and not overly technical. As Matt said, the scenery is amazing and worth the climb!

    May 9

  • cindy m.

    How technical is the ride? I have ok fitness and can climb but technical skills are developing slowly. I want to find new routes but do not want to hold the group up

    May 9

    • Matt W.

      Never done these trails, but I have ridden out in Cuyamaca and never saw anything too sketchy. Though the scenery is incredible.

      May 9

  • paul

    What a great looking ride... I'm interested in this ride and am wondering if I could carpool with anyone? I live near the I-5/56 and could meet you somewhere even more convenient. Thanks.

    May 9

  • Jim

    We should have perfect weather for Saturday. BRING WATER you need, none along the route.

    May 7

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