12.7 miles
Distance
1,197 ft
Climb
-1,198 ft
Descent
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 moderately popular intermediate route located near Escondido 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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9 Reviews & Comments

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Jmlascala71 (Feb 7, 2021 at 12:29)
A very fun trail with great flow that makes an excellent out-and-back ride.
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Jmlascala71 (Feb 2, 2021 at 17:35)
A fun trail with great flow
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Jmlascala71 (Feb 2, 2021 at 17:33)
A very fun trail with great flow
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Jmlascala71 (Feb 2, 2021 at 17:33)
A very fun trail with great flow
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kylemh (Jan 15, 2021 at 20:08)
Trail Hokey Pokey
Yup, closed. A new wire fence and “No Trespassing Sign” is in place at the entrance.
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Bladeskater (Jan 13, 2021 at 15:53)
Trail Hokey Pokey
This trail is closed 1-13-2020
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srahul (Dec 31, 2020 at 15:08)
Trail Hokey Pokey
Some slick sections on the turns so had to go a bit slower than usual
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jhymas (Dec 29, 2018 at 11:39)
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Bangbrosbike (Nov 14, 2018 at 14:50)
Not too much dirt at this time
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Out & Back
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    13
More Stats for A Raptor Ridge Route mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    324 ft
  • Altitude start
    392 ft
  • Altitude end
    394 ft
  • Grade max
    -33.8%
  • Grade min
    42.3%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
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