12.7 miles
1,197 ft
-1,198 ft
701 ft
High Point

This is a suggested out-and-back route for Raptor Ridge that includes a couple other fun trails, Highland Valley and Hokey Pokey. For a longer ride, this route can be combined with other trails around Lake Hodges. Or keep going east in San Pasqual Valley.

The routing is recommended because it hits Hokey Pokey north-to-south which is more fun for the descent. It can also be ridden south-to-north, but the southern side climb is fairly steep. Take the climb on the way out for more challenge and avoid riding on Highland Valley Rd. Beginner riders should probably skip Hokey Pokey. Also note it crosses private land.

The route also includes the odd but convenient section of the Old Coach Trail that crosses through the nursery. It seems like you're trespassing, but it's actually a designated trail.

Beginners can use the very mild Mule Hill Trail instead of Highland Valley and Hokey Pokey. Highland Valley should be good for most beginners, and sections of Hokey Pokey could be walked by beginners.

Expect to share with hikers and trail runners.

Detailed Description
A Raptor Ridge Route is a 13 mile popular intermediate route located near Poway California. This mountain bike primary route can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 7 trails. This route climbs 1,197 ft with a max elevation of 701 ft then descends -1,198 ft.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • E-Bike
    • Horse
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Difficulty rating
  • Route Type
    Out & Back
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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More Stats for A Raptor Ridge Route mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    1 hr 36 min
  • Altitude min
    324 ft
  • Altitude start
    392 ft
  • Altitude end
    394 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
Avg: 3 (1 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Highland Valley
Jun 4, 2023 @ 8:05pm
Jun 4, 2023
Nice and dry. Not too much loose sand.
West Raptor Ridge
May 25, 2023 @ 10:26am
May 25, 2023
Seemed extra sandy today, been a few since riding to Raptor Ridge.
Hokey Pokey
Apr 23, 2023 @ 5:40am
Apr 23, 2023
West San Pasqual Valley Trail
Apr 23, 2023 @ 5:40am
Apr 23, 2023
East Raptor Ridge
Feb 19, 2023 @ 7:22pm
Feb 19, 2023
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