7.0 miles
149 ft
-128 ft
Avg time


  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Otay Reservoir
    Chula Vista, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    All Year
  • Family Friendly
  • Dogs Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
  • Ride in Rain
  • Global Ranking
    #72405 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #89461 in Trail Running
  • Local Popularity
    70 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 multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    19 ft
  • Altitude min
    486 ft
  • Altitude max
    524 ft
  • Altitude start
    493 ft
  • Altitude end
    512 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
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      Lower Otay Lake... Trail Reports

      Apr 13, 2024 @ 9:36am
      Apr 13, 2024
      Still finding big muddy sections.
      Mar 9, 2024 @ 9:28am
      Mar 9, 2024
      Report for eastern side: the north end is submerged still and the trail under the trees is swamped. Heading south, as the trail approaches the...
      Mar 9, 2024 @ 8:25am
      Mar 9, 2024
      Report for western side: lots of mud and many sections flooded.
      Feb 17, 2024 @ 9:12am
      Feb 17, 2024
      Single track closest to the lake is completely flooded. Recent rain raised the lakes water level by a considerable amount. Fire/service road that...
      Dec 13, 2023 @ 6:28pm
      Dec 13, 2023
      Report for the west side: Good riding - still needs a trim
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 14 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
      • 434 rides
      • Last: May 18, 2024


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      Jul 19, 2017 @ 1:40pm
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