42.4 miles
Distance
5,371 ft
Climb
-5,651 ft
Descent
1,320 ft
High Point
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Archipelago Mountain Bike Ride

Detailed Description
2020 Full Archipelago Route is a 42 mile intermediate race route located near San Marcos California. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 22 trails. This route climbs 5,371 ft with a max elevation of 1,320 ft then descends -5,651 ft.
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38 Reviews & Comments

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Ridlam (Jul 3, 2022 at 19:54)
Trail Whip Tail
This trail may have been a blue 20 years ago when it still had topsoil but now it's a solid black in my opinion. If you enjoy chunk, sharp rocks and trails marked with jagged rocks than this trail is for you.
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gkd008 (May 8, 2022 at 22:29)
Trail Side Hill
I would name this trail Blurry Vision. When you hit the bumps/ruts, at the end of the trail at full speed everything gets out of focus.
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bike4us (Dec 21, 2021 at 11:23)
Temp Bridge washed out
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coachzed (Oct 30, 2021 at 11:08)
Trail Side Hill
Washboarding is starting to come back already but great dirt. Fast.
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mattyj2001 (Sep 18, 2021 at 18:48)
Trail The Sh!ts
It gets roughed up quick. Would still consider this blue due to steepness and tight turns. Some of the pavers have been removed from the very bottom, which to me seems like an improvement. I hope it’s permanent.
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bike4us (Aug 27, 2021 at 21:21)
Trail Side Hill
Looks like new profile is correct
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bike4us (Aug 26, 2021 at 9:56)
Trail Side Hill
Sidehill grade at 1300ft +/- is steep maybe 18%, does any body know. Trailforks profile way off.
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bike4us (Aug 30, 2021 at 16:54)
Trail Side Hill
looks like profile revised to show 16%, cool!
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bike4us (Aug 16, 2021 at 10:11)
(Aug 16, 2021 am) suspension bridge temp closed. May have some carry necessary on small foot bridge.
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CrzyMD (Aug 11, 2021 at 2:53)
The bridge us tricky to ride across. It is a suspension bridge so it “bounces” as you ride across. You screw up you fall in to the creek below. Actually challenging to cross!
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Drew12345678911 (Jul 14, 2021 at 22:34)
Trail The Appendix
Not very fun it was super loose and there were many blind corners with no berms and was very overgrown
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GranthiVdgf (May 15, 2021 at 9:10)
Trail The Sh!ts
Seems to have been smoothed out a bit, making it significantly less challenging. I think this is now closer to green than black as some have previously stated. Still a nice run.
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ItzSpoonYt (Apr 3, 2021 at 11:49)
Trail Side Hill
Jumps are mini but the lips are trash sdmba please fix
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brianpetry TRAILFORKS (Apr 3, 2021 at 15:29)
Trail Side Hill
I don't think they are actually allowed to build jumps in city parks. So, those are water diversions. Maybe someone will coerce the dirt into more jumpy shapes next rain. Don't ask, don't tell...
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prognostication (Mar 6, 2021 at 12:43)
I am 99% sure this trail is not unsanctioned and I don't know why it's marked that way. I have passed someone from the land management organization parked near the entrance on the weekend (counting users?) more than once, and you'd think they'd say something if it were.
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infinoah (Feb 20, 2021 at 23:39)
Trail The Sh!ts
Definitely not a black, but very fun. It’s a little challenge before you merge into cobbles and one of my favorite trails.
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mattyj2001 (Nov 29, 2020 at 16:55)
Trail The Sh!ts
Agree with @NFLPhD. I consider myself a strong intermediate rider and I think this run maybe butts up against being black diamond but perhaps doesn't cross that line. It's close.

There are some tight turns to be aware of. I'm a big, slightly overweight guy (6'1, 225) and I needed to slam on the brakes a couple times when I was overambitious with my downhill speed. Ha ha. Gravity, what are you gonna do?

I meant to turn right and take a loop around the pond but I was going too fast and missed it. This run is so quick it's over just as you're getting into it, but overall super fun. Will ride again.

Good lead in to the lower part of Cobbles.
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NFLPhD (Oct 25, 2020 at 15:08)
Trail The Sh!ts
There is a log jump you can fly off of at the top and get a decent amount of air on. You can rude around d the jump so if you don't know how to jump, this isn't the jump you want to go off of... Flowy towards the top then a series of tight s turns with berms towards the bottom. It's geared for more advanced riders but not sure I'd say its Black Diamond. Good challenge for intermediate riders.
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NFLPhD (Oct 25, 2020 at 14:52)
Trail Bowtie Rim
A fun trail to start your ride on after climbing up Powerlines... Flowy and fast with three rocky but flowy turns. A great trail to see how fast you can go on... One jump about 70% the way through the trail. Ride this before heading out to the west rim trail and the north rim trail.
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NFLPhD (Oct 25, 2020 at 14:41)
Knoll DH is a Black Diamond. Probably one of the more challenging trails to go fast on because of how many large rocks there are... Also has a switchback that you can't fly through... Connects to the Artichoke/Artiflow trail that is super fast and fun with a few small jumps.
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JGiovanni (Oct 9, 2020 at 21:46)
This trail is VERY rocky, honestly feels closer to a black rating for me simply because the trail wraps around the edge of the mountain with pretty significant consequence if you fall off.
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firepigmtb (Aug 9, 2020 at 14:39)
Trail The Sh!ts
Awesome jump near the top with an easy bypass and then some fun berms with some pedal sections connecting them.
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budgetmtb (Jun 11, 2020 at 20:11)
Trail The Appendix
Would recommend starting at the tunnel/ cobbles and ride clockwise. More fun that way.
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MikeSD (May 9, 2020 at 20:10)
Trail Side Hill
Super fun descent, totally plowable ruts yes but wide open enough to be very doable
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currymtb (May 2, 2020 at 16:20)
Trail Side Hill
Horrible ruts make it nearly unrideable. We should rename it to rut hill
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currymtb (Mar 16, 2020 at 18:59)
Trail The Sh!ts
Nice jump, pretty precarious at some parrs
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budgetmtb (Mar 9, 2020 at 14:52)
Trail Side Hill
very rutted/ deep holes
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budgetmtb (Mar 9, 2020 at 14:44)
Trail The Sh!ts
epic jump
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brianpetry TRAILFORKS (Sep 10, 2019 at 10:37)
Trail The Sh!ts
Riding up is ok, and a challenge! Let's just be careful. Technically, uphill riders have the right of way. But downhill riders are having more fun, so I like to get out of their way.
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kre62 (Sep 9, 2019 at 20:40)
Trail The Sh!ts
This trail should be downhill only. No one ride up it. Lets post some one way signs at the bottom.
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JeffreyB1956 (Aug 2, 2019 at 12:04)
Srxl
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Crock619 (Oct 12, 2018 at 11:03)
Trail The Appendix
Rode this for the first time before hitting cobbles. Was an awesome extra section! Tight with a few little jumps, and about the same climb either way.
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anthonydiaz (Jul 18, 2018 at 12:52)
Trail The Appendix
fun trail with an easy climb at the end. definitely one to hit before going down cobbles
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gqmalibu007 (Mar 26, 2018 at 8:44)
Trail The Sh!ts
The lower section is being repaired and is looking awesome! The PQ Rangers said that San Diego County workers are doing it?
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ridealongside (May 30, 2018 at 14:11)
Trail The Sh!ts
The Boy Scouts and SDMBA volunteers did it for the rangers. It was an Eagle Scout project! How cool is that?!
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gqmalibu007 (Oct 17, 2018 at 19:48)
Trail The Sh!ts
Go BSA Eagle project! It looks and rides nice at the bottom now. The banks are kind of funky, but not much more they could do. The dirt they dug out was hard as concrete and the blocks weigh a ton! THANKS!
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gqmalibu007 (Aug 17, 2017 at 8:48)
Trail The Sh!ts
Dry, rutted, fun! Going up is difficult. Going down is fun.
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Tomiller10 (May 8, 2017 at 13:44)
Trail Whip Tail
Nicer trail, needs some erosion work in a few sections
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Details

  • Race Course
  • Race Date
    Saturday April 4, 2020
  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • eBike Allowed
More Stats for 2020 Full Archipelago Route mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -278 ft
  • Altitude min
    51 ft
  • Altitude start
    658 ft
  • Altitude end
    381 ft
  • Grade
    -0.1%
  • Grade max
    -62.6%
  • Grade min
    82.6%
  • Distance climb
    18 miles
  • Distance down
    19 miles
  • Distance flat
    5 miles
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