15.6 miles
1,427 ft
-1,427 ft
1,146 ft
High Point

This route combines some nice bits of single track along the south side of Lake Hodges as well as lung buster climb up Bernardo Mountain. Of course what goes up must go down so you get a nice descent off of the mountain.

Detailed Description
Hodges South Side and Bernardo Mountain is a 16 mile popular expert route located near San Pasqual Valley California. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 7 trails. This route climbs 1,427 ft with a max elevation of 1,146 ft then descends -1,427 ft.
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10 Reviews & Comments

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C4SEM4N (Jul 31, 2022 at 11:27)
Been mountain biking for a month. Stupid tough climb. Hiked probably 25%-30% up. Rocky at parts and walked a few portions of the downhill due to hard trail and skill level.
Super rewarding hitting the peak. The wind and view is stellar. For sure hitting this monthly.
  • + 1
coachzed (Mar 4, 2022 at 16:35)
Great trail. The top 0.5 mile or so is difficult--very steep, fairly loose, and some small ledges mixed in. The rest of it is a great ride and it seemed like there was some recent trail work on a couple of sections that were wiped out before.
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lqLvl5 (May 18, 2021 at 23:38)
I’d love to see somebody climb this whole thing, for me it was brutal. Prolly walked 20% of it. The ride down was great tho. Definitely on the easier side for a black
  • + 1
Wells86 (May 18, 2021 at 11:02)
Definitely the best trail in the area of lake hodges. Black diamond? That's questionable. There's some chunky sections near the top that are fun. Everything is rideable. Couple tight loose switchbacks from people grabbing to much rear brake. Ride it, improve.
  • + 1
brianpetry TRAILFORKS (May 18, 2021 at 11:43)
Sure -- vote for blue by hitting the "rate" button. Looks like average grade is 10% (although there are some steeper sections) and unavoidable obstacles are not that big ( 8"), so I agree it's blue.
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brianpetry TRAILFORKS (May 18, 2021 at 13:21)
Hmmm---some punctuation didn't come through. Meant to say average grade is "less than" 10%. But looking at just the top segment (.7miles), the average grade is 12%. So you could say this trail is black. www.strava.com/segments/842197
  • + 1
Jmlascala71 (Feb 2, 2021 at 17:25)
A fun trail, but it takes an extremely skilled rider to climb it cleanly. Once past the halfway point or so, it becomes relentlessly steep and rocky. Most riders will wind up doing a fair bit of hike-a-bike. But great views from the summit, and then, the downhill!
  • + 0
bobleeswagger77 (Sep 29, 2019 at 17:02)
The trail is in good condition, a little washed out from the rain but nothing too crazy.
  • + 1
DertBug (Apr 9, 2019 at 19:49)
The best downhill you will get in this trail system. The climb is technical near the top but there is nothing that cannot be cleared. Nice views from the top.
  • - 1
humungus (Jan 24, 2019 at 13:26)
Don't even bother unless you are in halfway decent shape, some spots are technically demanding and will zap your energy, 95% was disable for me, but then I'm 60 year's old, don't have the steam I used to have, plus I road 8.5 miles to get tbere. Not easy to do even if your are somewhat fit and younger, bring your big boy shoets cause this will rip you a new one.


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More Stats for Hodges South Side and Bernardo Mountain mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    316 ft
  • Altitude start
    336 ft
  • Altitude end
    338 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
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