This is a 'no drop' ride, starting/Finishing at Lake Murray parking lot by the concession stand (enter from Kiowa Rd). From there we follow the lake trail to Baltimore Dr, climb up Jackson Dr to Lemon St where the real climbing begins, topping out at Mt Helix Nature Theater. We descend winding Alto Dr to Grossmount Blvd into Fletcher Hills, take the Hillside trail down to Cuyamaca St, then another bike path north to Mission Gorge Rd. Turn west and ride thru Mission Trails park via Fra Serra Trail (another regroup pt at the visitor center) before climbing Jackson Dr back to Park Ridge Blvd into Lake Murray. Re-group at top of climbs.
This is a road ride, but we'll spend many miles on many paved cycling/hiking trails.
**This ride is automatically canceled in event of rain or fog (believe me, you wouldn't want to descend Alto Dr when it is wet or foggy).
If you come, please check bike (road bike only) tires, brakes, cables before hand. The climb of Lemon St - Mt Helix Dr is about 2.6 miles of 6-8% grade. There are some relatively flat bits along the route for recovery. The descent of Alto Dr is very narrow and winding - including 1 switchback turn.
Jackson Dr climb is comparable to N Torrey Pines Rd climb from the beach to the golf course, but a bit shorter. So you want to have good gearing for serious climbing.
Helmet recommended. You should bring spare tube(s), pump or CO2 cartridges, full bottles of drinks, snacks, wind jacket (might get chilled on the descent of Mt Helix) and $10 cash in case of mechanical breakdown that requires taking a bus or a cab home.