7.0 miles
Distance
149 ft
Climb
-128 ft
Descent
00:44:54
Avg time

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Otay Reservoir
    Chula Vista, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Easy
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    All Year
  • Family Friendly
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #72405 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #89461 in Trail Running
  • Local Popularity
    80 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.

Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Lower Otay Lake Trail bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    19 ft
  • Altitude min
    486 ft
  • Altitude max
    524 ft
  • Altitude start
    493 ft
  • Altitude end
    512 ft
  • Grade
    0.1%
  • Grade max
    -11.8%
  • Grade min
    8.7%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
  • Avg time
    00:44:54
  • Avg reverse time
    01:00:29
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Status:
on Jan 21, 2022
Ideal
Avg: 3.65 (6 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Lower Otay Lake... Trail Reports

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      Jan 21, 2022 @ 7:29pm
      Jan 21, 2022
      Pretty much ideal right now. Maybe a few vey small puddles to keep you alert. All good.
      Dec 27, 2021 @ 8:57am
      Dec 27, 2021
      West side is pretty soggy but not terrible. East side is pretty good, but wet. A few puddles to manage. Biggest one on picture.
      Dec 23, 2021 @ 9:43pm
      Dec 23, 2021
      Right now it’s great, but it’s going to be really wet and soggy very soon.
      Dec 4, 2021 @ 7:29am
      Dec 4, 2021
      Lake level getting pretty low exposing more area especially at the northern end. Good riding.
      Oct 31, 2021 @ 10:14am
      Oct 31, 2021
      Good riding
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 22 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 33 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
      All
      • 215 rides
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      Jul 19, 2017 @ 1:40pm
      Jul 19, 2017

      5 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      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
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      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.
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      • + 0
      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.
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      Dylanwylie1 (Jul 14, 2020 at 22:07)
       Fun ride and has harder spots that make it fun for more experienced riders
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      • + 0
      619mtb (Aug 13, 2020 at 23:53)
       Check the reports for most up to date information regarding the trails condition.
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