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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction
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The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.
  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Last Ridden
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  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intended direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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  • Description
  • Photos
  • Description & Photos
  • Videos
Trail Popularity ?
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  • most popular
  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular

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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      A few ways up the mountain, don't use the hiking trail, use the back trails which are more bike orientated.
      Enjoy the Harsh climb. Love the hard descent. Good place to get your technical riding skills down. Fire road/Access road is very steep, not necessary. Beyond the fire road is a trail to Pike's Peak. Very steep as well, but fun.
      Primary Trail Type: All-Mountain & Downhill
      Region Details
      • 2
      • 1
      • 6

      Region Status
      Caution as of Feb 6, 2020
      Local Trail Association
      local trail association
      SDMBA
      (sdmba.com)

      Hike Stats

      Global Ranking
      #2,358
      State Ranking
      #117
      Trails (view details)
      9
      Trails Mountain Bike
      9
      Trails Hike
      9
      Trails Trail Running
      9
      Total Distance
      7 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      5 miles
      Total Descent
      2,641 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,414 ft
      Reports
      26
      Ridden Counter
      33

      Recent Ridelog Activity in Region

      Today
      • 0 rides
      • 0 ft avg distance
      Yesterday
      • 0 rides
      • 0 ft avg distance
      Past Week
      • 0 rides
      • 0 ft avg distance

      Photos of Sweetwater Reservoir

      trail: Mesa Trail
      56 |
      Oct 22, 2017 @ 9:04am
      Oct 22, 2017
      trail: Mesa Trail
      43 |
      Oct 22, 2017 @ 9:00am
      Oct 22, 2017
      358 |
      Jan 20, 2015 @ 3:22pm
      Jan 20, 2015
      305 |
      Jan 20, 2015 @ 3:22pm
      Jan 20, 2015
      | 3 comments

      Videos of Sweetwater Reservoir

      Redemption at Big Rock Trail
      8:46 | 272 | Apr 25, 2013
      ET's
      trail: Shortcut
      5:35 | 145 | May 27, 2011
      San Diego Mountain Biking: Cowles Mountain...
      11:05 | 9 | Jan 9, 2020 , San Diego
      San Diego Mountain Biking: Cowles Mountain...
      11:05 | 10 | Jan 9, 2020 , San Diego

      Recent Trail Reports

      statustraildateconditionuserinfo
      Ticks DH
      Feb 6, 2020 @ 1:56pm
      Feb 6, 2020
      DryMattrodriguez001Mountain Bike Turns are rutted and dry, overgrown...
      Cowles Mountain Backside (Big Rock DH)
      Dec 25, 2019 @ 12:03pm
      Dec 25, 2019
      VariableBprejeanMountain Bike
      Shortcut
      Dec 25, 2019 @ 12:03pm
      Dec 25, 2019
      DryBprejeanMountain Bike
      San Diego River Crossing Trail
      Nov 7, 2019 @ 6:50pm
      Nov 7, 2019
      DryHookesHMountain Bike River had some water need cross through...
      Big Rock Trail
      Jul 13, 2019 @ 6:55pm
      Jul 13, 2019
      DryjessemeyersMountain Bike
      Mesa Trail
      Jul 13, 2019 @ 6:55pm
      Jul 13, 2019
      DryjessemeyersMountain Bike
      Pyles Peak
      Jul 19, 2017 @ 10:01am
      Jul 19, 2017
      Very DrympwiedenfeldMountain Bike
      Cowles Peak Fire Road
      Jan 2, 2017 @ 11:20pm
      Jan 2, 2017
      Variableshaughn-reillyMountain Bike Minor erosion (trail braiding, small ruts...
      Mesa Road
      Nov 17, 2016 @ 6:50pm
      Nov 17, 2016
      Dryshaughn-reillyMountain Bike

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #1768449Mattrodriguez001addreportTicks DH
      Feb 7, 2020 @ 7:57am
      Feb 7, 2020
      user #1423741Bike-Rack-ZachaddreportTicks DH
      Feb 1, 2020 @ 7:50am
      Feb 1, 2020
      user #1814583smeader0515wishlisttrailSan Diego River Crossing Trail
      Jan 23, 2020 @ 7:34am
      Jan 23, 2020
      user #143436greybikewishlisttrailCowles Mountain Backside (Big Rock DH)
      Jan 5, 2020 @ 10:03am
      Jan 5, 2020
      user #1225662pboncherriddentrailBig Rock Trail and 1 more
      Jan 3, 2020 @ 9:12am
      Jan 3, 2020

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #1470418jrcookreportSan Diego River Crossing Trail35 sez
      Jul 2, 2019 @ 6:25pm
      Jul 2, 2019
      user #1470418jrcookreportSan Diego River Crossing TrailWt
      Jul 2, 2019 @ 6:23pm
      Jul 2, 2019
      user #1734524ItschanmanmantrailTicks DHRuts are wicked and the berms are hammered up...
      Mar 22, 2019 @ 11:12pm
      Mar 22, 2019
      user #1225662pbonchertrailBig Rock Trailnot a blue...railroad ties ,ROCKS,heavy rock...
      Feb 14, 2019 @ 2:47pm
      Feb 14, 2019
      user #992997CamPowtrailBig Rock TrailI normally link this with Mesa trail, going up...
      Nov 23, 2018 @ 9:20pm
      Nov 23, 2018

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Mission Trails Regional Park 7 13 11.8 km
      Fanita / Melbrooks Trail System 15.4 km
      Sycamore Canyon OSP 1 6 16.1 km
      Balboa Park 28.5 km
      Sweetwater Reservoir 1 79.2 km
      • By rickaybobbay & contributors
      • Admins: SDMBA
      • #7852 - 2,655 views

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