5 Ultimate Mountain Bike Trails in San Diego

5 Ultimate Mountain Bike Trails in San Diego

If you a looking for a fun activity that invests in your personal health and wellness, then you've reached the right place. Going biking in the great outdoors is a fantastic way to invest in your health. The San Diego hills beckon you with a nearly endless amount of options. The area is rife with paths, tricky and technical terrains and easy treks. Whether you're looking for a family-friendly ride or a track with technical climbs, the region is the perfect MTB-lover destination. There are five top mountain bike trails in San Diego, recommended by the locals.

Closeup of a man's back tire while going on a bike ride at Viejas Grade Road.

1. Viejas Grade Road

The Viejas Grade Road is a moderately technical trail with the perfect gravel climb and descent. The hardpacked dirt road is typically in good condition with lower traffic levels. This trail is located between Alpine, California, and Descanso, California. The point-to-point route is a double track with loose pebble sections and loops. 

Viejas Grade Road is a local favorite and is within an hour's drive from Boulevard / Cleveland National Forest KOA Holiday.

Difficulty: Intermediate.

Distance: 4.3 miles.

Man overlooks Noble Canyon while sitting on his bike.

2. Noble Canyon

Top of the San Diego mountain biking list is Noble Canyon. The route offers three rides in one, giving the utmost variety. Challenge yourself on this magnificent singletrack that takes you through alpine meadow descent, oak forests and desert patches. Initially, the trail is smooth and fast and becomes technical with rock drops and changing terrains.

Difficulty: Hard.

Distance: 9.8 miles.

Mountain Biker doing a bike trick while going down the Cowles Mountain trail.

3. Cowles Mountain

This scenic, 3-mile out-and-back track offers panoramic views of downtown San Diego with steep and rocky sections for some fitness fun. The Cowles Mountain track is suited for advanced kids and intermediate adults. 

Difficulty: Moderate with a few loose rocks for the extra thrill.

Distance: 3 miles.

Person biking downhill while on the Fortuna Mountain track.

4. Fortuna Mountain 

The Fortuna Mountain track is one of the MTB trails in San Diego that advanced riders must take advantage of. Located near La Mesa, all your fitness and skills will be required. The rewards are super, with picturesque hilltop views and a waterfall. Expect steep cutbacks, loose rocks and adrenaline-filled adventure.

Difficulty: Hard.

Distance: 6.5 miles.

Two girls smiling and enjoying a peaceful bike ride at Balboa Park.

5. Balboa Park

One of the best mountain bike trails in San Diego, suitable for beginners and the family, is at Balboa Park. There are various options and alternate routes to keep everyone satisfied. This track is ideal for unwinding while being active on a comfortable off-road adventure. 

Difficulty: Easy.

Distance: 4.5 miles.

Let the Adventures Begin — Book Your Stay

Boulevard / Cleveland National Forest KOA Holiday is the ideal base to explore the best MTB trails in San Diego. Relax, unwind and take care of your wellness by booking a stay at one of the RV SitesDeluxe Cabins or Camping Cabins. The beautiful nature and matchless amenities make for a comfortable and peaceful stay.

During the day, get your heart pumping on the various nearby trails. At night, take it easy with the family around a campfire.

Invest in your health and wellness and book your stay with us today! 

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