5 miles
Distance
1,157 ft
Climb
-1,627 ft
Descent
5,197 ft
High Point

Kelly Ditch Trail Details

  • Riding Area
    Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    descanso, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Mixed
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    all year
  • Global Ranking
    #103461 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Kelly Ditch Trail is so named because it follows Kelly Ditch, a century-old waterworks project. Chinese laborers dug a ditch in order to channel runoff water from the Cuyamaca Mountains into the then newly formed Cuyamaca Reservoir.

Difficult trail for mountain biking. There are many fallen trees on the path forcing you to pick up your bike. This trail is either uphill or downhill (no flat areas). There are many trail logs across the trail that make the ride a bit more difficult for new bikers

Access Info

From Julian, drive eight miles south on California 79. As you reach Cuyamaca Reservoir, just past the point where Engineers Road crosses the highway, you'll see a state park boundary sign and another sign that reads "Trail." Park in a safe manner on the shoulder of the highway.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Kelly Ditch Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -471 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,080 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,653 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,182 ft
  • Grade
    -1.649%
  • Grade max
    -42.909%
  • Grade min
    35.765%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    731 ft
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  • Icy
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
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  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
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