3 miles
730 ft
-480 ft
Avg time

Merigan Fire Road Details

  • Riding area
    Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    descanso, California
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    all year
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

The Merigan Fire Road starts at a small parking lot next to a ranger residence on Viejas Boulevard, 0.6 mile east of the main crossroads in Descanso, or 1.1 miles west of Highway 79. You cross an open meadow, climb onto a chaparral-covered slope, and descend a little to enter a strip of live-oak woodland high on the river bank. Don't miss a spur trail on the left, leading to a silted-in diversion dam that has become an artificial waterfall.

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More Stats for Merigan Fire Road mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    250 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,408 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,830 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,408 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,659 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    328 ft
  • Avg time
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Trail Conditions
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
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