5.0 miles
504 ft
-491 ft
296 ft
High Point

In these Modern Times, it can be challenging to find time for a long, epic ride. Sometimes, a quick fix is in order when time is short, but the need is great. This route fills exactly that need with a quick ride through the best of what Florida Canyon in Balboa Park has to offer.

You'll start with the technical Schittz Creek, then travel the length of Florida Canyon before turning north for the ascent up Pershing Climb (careful of the bolts sticking out of the guardrail!). A quick bit of fireroad then takes you to the fun blast down Florida Canyon Downhill. Cross Florida Drive, then head north on the long stretch of singletrack found on Encampment. Turn west and ascend West Climb, then prepare yourself for the route's highlight: A long descent down the western side of Florida Canyon punctuated with a few short climbs. Cross Florida Drive again, this time smiling from the downhill run, head up Z-Climb, then work your way north back to the starting point. If this modern era has you hurrying off to another engagement, you'll be doing so with a smile on your face!

A few things to note:

1. The route is suitable for intermediate riders and consists of trails rated green and blue. The route's black trails are really blue if a bit of prudence is used.

2. A bell should be considered mandatory. The trails are crowded and multiple-use. Please be cautious around blind corners. Even with a bell, many hikers have earbuds in place and may not hear you. Assume that someone will be standing in the trail when you turn a corner.

3. This route is just a taste of what's available in Balboa Park. For a longer ride, consider Toto, We're not in Moab Anymore.

4. All the trails are sanctioned and legal. Have fun!

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More Stats for These Modern Times mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    101 ft
  • Altitude start
    258 ft
  • Altitude end
    272 ft
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  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,156 ft
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