2.5 miles
Distance
474 ft
Climb
-495 ft
Descent
00:28:31
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Equine Incline Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve
    Escondido, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (3 votes)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Doubletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Gravel, Adaptive MTB
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #74873 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #36224 in Trail Running
    • #19982 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    40 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 25 in Trail Running
    • 35 in Hiking
  • Land Owner

I labeled this trail as singletrack, but it's really kind of a mix of singletrack and wider-than-singletrack-but-not-really-doubletrack. Some areas of the trail get to be 4-6 feet wide, but don't think that makes this an easy ride.

In the direction I've posted, it starts as a fun rocky downhill section that has a good flow to it. A few of the corners are a little loose and rocky, especially in the summer months. For the most part though you can really rail the corners. There are some small rock drops, but nothing too technical or gnarly.

About halfway through the loop, you'll start the climb back up. It's not a particularly steep climb, though it gets fairly steep for brief periods throughout. It's the rocks that really make it tough. There is a pretty good line through most of the climb, but the rocks are always there. This trail really gives you a chance to work on controlling your cadence and power application to prevent loosing traction.

In the clockwise direction, this trail is pretty similar. It starts with a fun, flowy downhill and transitions into a long, tough climb. I think the downhill is a bit more fun counterclockwise, but it's also a tougher climb.

Access Info

The Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve is located at 8833 Harmony Grove Road, Escondido, CA 92029. The entrance to the Reserve is located between the 6 and 6.5 mile markers on Harmony Grove Road. The parking area opens at 8AM and the park closes at 7:30PM daily.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Equine Incline mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -22 ft
  • Altitude min
    831 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,318 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,186 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,165 ft
  • Grade
    -0.2%
  • Grade max
    -35.9%
  • Grade min
    29.5%
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    499 ft
  • Avg time
    00:28:31
  • Avg reverse time
    00:37:24
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on Dec 18, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 3.35 (6 votes)
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      Equine Incline Trail Reports

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      Dec 18, 2021 @ 9:30am
      Dec 18, 2021
      Loose rocks, ruts, but normal.
      Nov 7, 2021 @ 7:50am
      Nov 7, 2021
      Jul 31, 2021 @ 7:54am
      Jul 31, 2021
      All clear and running fine
      Sep 23, 2020 @ 12:37pm
      Sep 23, 2020
      Jul 4, 2020 @ 9:42am
      Jul 4, 2020
      Tough climb up, but the decent is super fun. Mostly lose rocks, so proceed with caution.
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