2 miles
Distance
887 ft
Climb
-214 ft
Descent
00:19:19
Avg time

The Way Up Trail Details

  • Riding Area
    Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve
    Escondido, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Wilderness Trail
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Family Friendly
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #34423 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking
  • Land Manager

This is one of the tougher climbs around San Diego. It starts off steep right from the bridge, and rarely lets up all the way to the top. There are also a number of rock outcroppings along the way that brings the difficulty level up a few notches.

In many areas there is only one good line through the rocks, in other areas there are no good lines through, you just have to get through. There are some pretty good step-ups along the way as well, over both rocks and railroad ties. Some of them can be as high as 10-12 inches.

For me, the most difficult part of the climb is the left hander after the covered bench at about the 3/4 mile mark. This portion is a gnarly mix of steepness, step-ups, no good line, large loose rocks, and fatigue from the climb to this point. This part is not very long, but it's very rewarding if you can make it through.

Access Info

The Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve is located at 8833 Harmony Grove Road, Escondido, CA 92029. The entrance to the Reserve is located between the 6 and 6.5 mile markers on Harmony Grove Road.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for The Way Up Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    673 ft
  • Altitude min
    500 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,212 ft
  • Altitude start
    508 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,180 ft
  • Grade
    8.06%
  • Grade max
    -32.841%
  • Grade min
    60.939%
  • Distance climb
    5,278 ft
  • Distance down
    2,484 ft
  • Distance flat
    582 ft
  • Avg time
    00:19:19
  • Avg reverse time
    00:25:23
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Status:
on Mar 28, 2018
Dry
Avg: 3.25 (4 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

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  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • 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
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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The Way Up Trail Trail Reports

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Nov 7, 2018 @ 4:37pm
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The Way Up Trail, My City
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Jun 13, 2018 @ 11:39pm
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The Way Up Trail, My City
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Jun 13, 2018 @ 11:39pm
Jun 13, 2018
The Way Up Trail, My City
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Jun 13, 2018 @ 11:39pm
Jun 13, 2018
The Way Up Trail, My City

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3 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag dirtchurner (May 7, 2016 at 21:38)
 good miserable cardio ride despite the trail sheepp on their phones paying no attention to their surroundings.
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  • + 0
flag Nanner (May 19, 2017 at 19:13)
 Pretty miserable technical climb on a multi-use trail.
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  • + 0
flag Zurnap (Apr 5, 2018 at 18:13)
 Great technical ride that sucked. I haven’t ridden in a couple years and decided why not. Lots of very technical parts, some steep steps but the ride is totally worth it
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'Way Up Trail' Elfin Forest / Kona Honzo ST
9:17 | 157 | Feb 28, 2018 , Escondido
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