2 miles
301 ft
-510 ft
Avg time

Sage Canyon Details

  • Riding area
    Manchester Preserve
    Encinitas, California
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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The several trails span about three to four miles if you wandered around the entire preserve. The main trail is about two miles round-trip. Allow at least an hour.

Manchester Preserve supports coastal sage scrub, southern maritime chaparral and willow woodland and is home to the endangered species of the coastal California gnatcatcher bird, San Diego thornmint (a tiny funnel-shaped, two-lipped, light violet flower that blooms in spring) and Orcutt’s hazardia (a native shrub that blooms in late summer and early fall).

Signs urge hikers to stay on the trails to help protect the habitat.

Manchester Preserve’s trails are open to hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders, but no motorized vehicles of any kind are allowed. Dogs are welcome but must be on leashes.

Access Info

Trail head: From Interstate 5, exit at Manchester Avenue, heading east for about one mile. You must turn right to continue on Manchester when it intersects with El Camino Real, which continues straight. Manchester Preserve’s parking area is just before Manchester and Trabert Ranch Road. There is also a northern entrance into the preserve off Landquist Drive.

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More Stats for Sage Canyon mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -209 ft
  • Altitude min
    41 ft
  • Altitude max
    302 ft
  • Altitude start
    251 ft
  • Altitude end
    41 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3,664 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    419 ft
  • Avg time
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on Oct 15, 2016
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Sage Canyon Trail Reports

Oct 15, 2016 @ 9:38am
Oct 15, 2016
No bikes are allowed on this trail system. I unfortunately found this out after pedaling here and through a neighborhood from the San Elijo beach...
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