4,713 ft
Distance
262 ft
Climb
-35 ft
Descent
00:07:03
Avg time

Powerline Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Los Peñasquitos Canyon
    San Diego, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Green (3 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Dirt/Gravel Road
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat, Adaptive MTB, CX, Gravel
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Uphill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    Jan - Dec
  • Family Friendly
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in E-Biking
    • 75 in Trail Running
    • 75 in Hiking

Powerline trail begins at the bottom of the canyon and is fairly steady climb on fire road all the way up to the top of the mesa. As you can guess, it follows a series of power lines that bridge the canyon. It's not a technical trail, but it is a great climb for people just learning how to tackle climbs. It also provides a good challenge for intermediate trail and all-mountain riders who are trying to increase their climbing speed and stamina. It's primary use is to gain access to some of the better, more technical singletrack riding on the mesa known as Tunnels.

Access Info

You can either incorporate the trail in the middle of a ride starting in the canyon or you can park at the end of Park Village Rd and gain immediate access.

Adaptive Bike Info
aMTB 1 Rating: No obstacles exist. Wide enough. Can be ridden confidently solo.
Local Trail Association
More Stats for Powerline mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    227 ft
  • Altitude min
    186 ft
  • Altitude max
    413 ft
  • Altitude start
    186 ft
  • Altitude end
    413 ft
  • Grade
    4.818%
  • Grade max
    -10.833%
  • Grade min
    20.745%
  • Distance climb
    3,483 ft
  • Distance down
    953 ft
  • Distance flat
    277 ft
  • Avg time
    00:07:03
  • Avg reverse time
    00:04:02
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Status:
on May 9, 2020
Dry
Avg: 2.5 (6 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction
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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intended direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Popularity ?
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  • popular
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • 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
  • Ideal
  • 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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      Powerline Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 33 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 512 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      All
      • 3,743 rides
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      Photos

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      2 |
      Dec 22, 2019 @ 7:35am
      Dec 22, 2019
      4 |
      Dec 22, 2019 @ 7:34am
      Dec 22, 2019
      54 |
      Apr 19, 2019 @ 3:26pm
      Apr 19, 2019
      27 |
      Feb 26, 2019 @ 7:04pm
      Feb 26, 2019

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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      flag currymtb (Mar 14, 2020 at 14:47)
       best way to get to cobbles. looks a lot harder than it actually is, recent rains have somehow fixed most of the ruts.
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