15.5 miles
2,187 ft
-2,168 ft
4,234 ft
High Point

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

This advanced ride will explore the trails in the Santa Ysabel East Preserve. Get ready for substantial climbs and some rugged dirt roads on this route - ebikes are allowed. Ride will start from the Santa Ysabel Nature Center staging area and head along the rollling singletrack trail toward the Coast to Crest Trail. Then a steep climb up the Coast to Crest Trail to the West Vista Loop Trail. These dirt roads wind through beautiful meadows and oak groves as you then hit the Coast to Crest trail again and continue up to the Kanaka Loop Trail. After completing this loop, you will head back down the C2C the way you came up, eventually hitting the Nature Center Connector and you can coast back down to the Nature Center

This is an advanced or advanced/intermediate ride due to the amount of climbing over 15 miles. Not for beginner riders. Please gauge your skill and conditioning before attempting. To explore on your own you can always try just a part of this route or even just the singletrack out and back from the nature center.

The Santa Ysabel Preserves are surrounded by oak woodlands, native grasslands and fields of wildflowers. Set in a beautiful natural landscape of gently rolling hills, hikers, cyclists, and equestrians will enjoy an outdoor adventure within this combined 4,600-acre sanctuary. Discover more than 15 miles of trails through both the East and West Preserves including two loops that traverse through unique habitats – over the river and through the woods! Picnic tables and a rest area are available.

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
Santa Ysabel East Loop is a 16 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve California. This mountain bike primary route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 1 trails. This route climbs 2,187 ft with a max elevation of 4,234 ft then descends -2,168 ft.
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More Stats for Santa Ysabel East Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    2,993 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,045 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,064 ft
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  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,071 ft
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