23.1 miles
Distance
1,957 ft
Climb
-1,958 ft
Descent
438 ft
High Point

This route through Los Penasquitos Canyon and Del Mar Mesa hits some of the most popular trails in the area (Tunnel 4, Tunnel 1, Deer Canyon, Switchbacks, Sh*ts, Appendix, Cobbles, Waimea and Crabs).

Parking and trail head are at Penasquitos Creek Park across from the elementary school.

The black-diamond trails (Big Waimea/Red Diamond) and Crabs can be skipped by beginners or lower intermediate riders.

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Details

  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    35
More Stats for Los Penasquitos and Del Mar Mesa Intro Tour mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    46 ft
  • Altitude start
    236 ft
  • Altitude end
    233 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -33.9%
  • Grade min
    30.5%
  • Distance climb
    10 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    5 miles
Avg: 5 (3 votes)
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
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MTB PQ Canyon Tunnel 4
MTB PQ Canyon Tunnel 4
trail: Tunnel 4
5:25 | 48 | comments: 0 | favs:
Sep 22, 2021
PQ “MTB KIDS EDITION”
PQ “MTB KIDS EDITION”
trail: West Rim
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Jun 25, 2021
PQ “MTB KIDS EDITION”
PQ “MTB KIDS EDITION”
trail: North Rim
9:45 | 27 | comments: 0 | favs:
Jun 25, 2021

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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The Appendix
Oct 16, 2021 @ 1:13pm
Oct 16, 2021
Some loose gravel but seems the vegetation has been trimmed. First time on this one and it was fun. Several places to fall down the hill on off-camber chunks of trail.
Cobbles
Oct 16, 2021 @ 1:13pm
Oct 16, 2021
Recent rain may have washed more rocks into the top part of the trail…? Seemed looser than usual but still fun.
Two Bridges
Oct 11, 2021 @ 10:02am
Oct 11, 2021
Switchbacks
Sep 28, 2021 @ 4:47pm
Sep 28, 2021
North Side Trail - Far West
Sep 25, 2021 @ 7:19am
Sep 25, 2021
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