8 miles
Distance
138 ft
Climb
-149 ft
Descent
00:33:04
Avg time

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Otay Reservoir
    Chula Vista, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge
  • Global Ranking
    #31762 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

This popular trail encircles the Lower Otay Lake. The trail itself can be completed as a 'lollipop' or it can be connected to other trails in the local network to create an all day epic ride. The trail is primarily singletrack and it pops out onto the dirt/gravel road in a couple spots. There are a few forks and off-shoots, but the overall trail scheme follows the path of the shoreline so a rider can't really get lost. The trail is frequently overgrown in the early spring and then gradually thins out later in the season as the foliage dries. There are a few small 'bridges' along the path on the western side of the lake and depending on the season their use may be necessary to avoid getting wet. Families and new riders will frequent this trail and it is occasionally used for organized races. The boat launch at the southwestern side of the lake has restroom facilities.
In 1897, the first Lower Otay Dam was completed by the Southern California Mountain Water Company. When full, Lower Otay Reservoir has 1,100 surface acres, a maximum water depth of 137.5 feet, and 25 shoreline miles. Lower Otay Reservoir has a water storage capacity of to 47,066.9 acre feet. Water levels are monitored weekly. The reservoir is the home of the United States Olympic Training center for rowing sports. A Curtiss SB2C Helldiver plane was spotted in the lake in February 2009 by a bass fisherman. On May 28, 1945, it had been on a practice bombing run from a nearby aircraft carrier when a stalled engine forced an emergency landing in the reservoir.

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More Stats for Lower Otay Lake Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -12 ft
  • Altitude min
    486 ft
  • Altitude max
    524 ft
  • Altitude start
    522 ft
  • Altitude end
    509 ft
  • Grade max
    -8.3%
  • Grade min
    11.4%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
  • Avg time
    00:33:04
  • Avg reverse time
    00:18:03
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Status:
on Sep 21, 2019
Dry
Avg: 3.65 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • 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 Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Lower Otay Lake... Trail Reports

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      Sep 21, 2019 @ 4:13pm
      Sep 21, 2019
      Dry. Little bridges need some maintenance. All clear though.
      Sep 21, 2019 @ 4:11pm
      Sep 21, 2019
      Nov 4, 2017 @ 9:44am
      Nov 4, 2017
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 44 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      All
      • 107 rides
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      Photos

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      Sep 22, 2019 @ 9:45am
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      Apr 13, 2018 @ 2:36pm
      Apr 13, 2018
      78 |
      Jul 19, 2017 @ 1:40pm
      Jul 19, 2017

      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag Taytoni (Apr 28, 2017 at 14:14)
       Because of the rain we had and the overflow of upper otay, they had to release water and cause lower otay to fill up. This caused some parts of the lower otay to be washed out by water or completely covered. So be careful
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Ibgary (Sep 26, 2017 at 11:13)
       Great beginner ride for kids and adults. Hug the rivers edge and you'll encounter a couple of fun narrow bridges that make this ride that much funner.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag BenLow2019 (Sep 21, 2019 at 16:15)
       The trail is dry and clear. The little bridges could use some attention and the vegetation was a bit heavy but otherwise fine.
      [Reply]

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