10.1 miles
Distance
1,907 ft
Climb
-1,916 ft
Descent
1,323 ft
High Point

A route for Elfin Forest starting from the northwest side and avoiding the Way Up Trail, which is typically more busy with hikers.

Park on Harmony Grove Road near Via Ambiente. The trails for this route start in the Los Cielos Preserve and the Los Cielos trail enters the Elfin Forest Recreational Preserve and meets the Equine trail.

Some sections of the trails are rocky and steep. Less advanced and fit riders will need to walk some sections on the climbs. Descents should be no problem for intermediate riders.

Good views of Elfin Forest valley and Lake Hodges.

Porta-potty, water and bike repair stand are found near the picnic area just northwest of the Olivenhain Reservoir, near the Tyke's Hike trail.

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Details

  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Out & Back
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    2
More Stats for Elfin Forest via Equine mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    392 ft
  • Altitude start
    402 ft
  • Altitude end
    394 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -43.9%
  • Grade min
    40.5%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
Avg: 3 (3 votes)
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Margarita Adventure
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

statustraildateconditiondescription
Lake Hodges Overlook Loop
Sep 30, 2021 @ 8:05am
Sep 30, 2021
Minor erosion (trail braiding, small ruts developing, brake bumps)
Equine Incline
Jul 31, 2021 @ 7:54am
Jul 31, 2021
All clear and running fine
Ridgeline Maintenance Road
May 18, 2021 @ 5:38pm
May 18, 2021
Quail Trail
May 18, 2021 @ 5:38pm
May 18, 2021
Upper Tyke's Hike
Jul 4, 2020 @ 9:42am
Jul 4, 2020
Nice views!
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