Rose Canyon Trail Details

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    Both Directions
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    San Diego County

This is a fairly easy trail to ride if you are just wanting to knock the dust off (or get dusty) or test out any new upgrades or tweaks to your bike but can be fun for all riders. There are multiple side trails off the main trail that are fun so do not be afraid to explore. There are some places more novice riders may need to walk up or down but are fun challenges for more experiences riders. If you stay on the trail between 805 and 5 you will have a couple of simple climbs but if you venture west and go under the 5 & 52 exchange things will get a little more interesting starting with a ride through or on the edge of a concrete drainage ditch depending on the route you take.

Like most trails there is assorted wildlife so just be aware. Most of all HAVE FUN!!

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Access Info


This trail is accessible in multiple locations but the most popular can be found off the 52 Freeway between the 5 Freeway and 805 Freeway by way of the Regents Road/Clairemont Mesa Blvd Exit or Genesse Exit.

Regents Rd./Clairemont Mesa Blvd Exit:
From East-
-Exit 52 Freeway and make a Left at Red Light.
-After crossing under bridge you will see the entrance to the Rose Canyon Open Space on your Right.
-There are parking lots on either side of Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
-East Lot is accessible by bearing to the right after entering the West Lot and crossing under Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

From West-
-Exit 52 Freeway and bear to the right at the end of the off-ramp
-Entrance will be immediately on your right

Genessee Exit:
From East-
-Exit Freeway and bear to left and take the loop around back under the bridge.
-Continue to the Red Light (you will see parking lot on your left)
-Make a U Turn and parking lot will be on your right

From West-
-Exit Freeway and follow road around to the stoplight (you will see the parking lot directly below you before the light)
-Make a Right at the Red Light and the a Right in to the parking lot.

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