12.0 miles
1,609 ft
-1,599 ft
1,196 ft
High Point

Official Route of the Ride On Mountain Biking Challenge presented by the County of San Diego

A solid intermediate MTB tour of the Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch Preserve beginning at the Highway 67 Staging Area 13920 Highway 67, Lakeside, CA 92040 MAP LINK

With a combination of dirt ranch roads and some great singletrack, this area always offers a lot of climbing and a great workout. This route drops down into the valley from the staging area and passes by the historic ranch house. Then climbing back north to the Goodan Ranch Staging area, riders can do an out and back option through Beeler Canyon OR head straight into the chunky singletrack that is Martha's Grove. Martha's carrys you back into the valley for a quick recovery before climbing up Cardiac Hill back to the Highway 67 staging area.

Sycamore Canyon Preserve, managed by the County of San Diego, consists of 2,272 acres of coastal sage scrub and chaparral-covered hills, including the 325-acre Goodan Ranch, a mix of grassland, riparian, coastal sage, oak woodland and mixed chaparral. Other features include an picnic tables, a rest area, outdoor amphitheater, and a horse trough and hitching post.

More than 10 miles of trails lead to grand vistas, abundant wildlife and interesting reminders of human use, centuries ago. View the virtual hike of Martha’s Grove above where you can choose your own adventure as the path splinters in several directions.

Support restoration efforts by following the signs and staying on designated paths. The park and refuge areas are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Always allow at least 48 hours after last rain fall for trails to dry before heading out for your ride. Always practice trail courtesy - Share and Be Aware

Detailed Description
Goodan Ranch/Sycamore Canyon Loop is a 12 mile popular intermediate route located near San Diego California. This mountain bike primary route can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 9 trails. This route climbs 1,609 ft with a max elevation of 1,196 ft then descends -1,599 ft.
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5 Reviews & Comments

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Outdoorsd (Jan 11, 2022 at 9:46)
Fair assessment. A little loose and rocky. Super fun. Between blue and black
  • + 3
Jmlascala71 (Mar 21, 2021 at 18:50)
Intermediate riders take note: The blue rating is stretching the definition in the downhill rock-garden section. Other sites rate this section as black. It's mellow once you reach the grove.
  • + 3
mtb-monk (May 18, 2021 at 16:09)
I agree
  • + 1
ToddE1 (Feb 7, 2020 at 9:12)
Trail Ridge Trail
I just spoke with Ranger Patrick at Sycamore Canyon and he said, "You do not need a permit to access the Ridge Trail from the South gate. So we have a right of entry for that 500 feet connecting the South Gate to the Ridge Trail that is on that section of the Stowe Trail. So nothing to worry about down there as long as you stay on the Ridge Trail and don't keep going down the Stowe Trail and you're good to go."
  • + 1
rwilbur (Jan 29, 2016 at 11:01)
Trail Ridge Trail
Be aware that the southern end of this trail borders on Marine Base property. As of January 2016, the marines have been ticketing and confiscating bikes. Watch for boundary signs!


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More Stats for Goodan Ranch/Sycamore Canyon Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    648 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,178 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,188 ft
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  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    5,043 ft
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