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San Diego Routes: Mountains:HELP(13 posts)

San Diego Routes: Mountains:HELPriderbob
Mar 3, 2003 12:39 PM
I have a question for the San Diego riders. I am going to be spending some time in the SD area and I am looking for any information on good climbing routes. I have looked thru many of the posts and have looked at most of the web sites. I have rode up and down 101 from SD/La Jolla to Carlsbad many times, rode several times with SDBC (local Del Mar routes). I have rode a pretty good climb in Poway, I learned about this one from the Tour de Poway. I am willing to travel east of SD area within 50 miles or so.

Any suggestions or recommentdations would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
re: San Diego Routes: Mountains:HELPnewhouse
Mar 3, 2003 1:02 PM
alpine has some good climbing and is only 20-30 minutes east on highway 8. i just did a nice route there and saw a lot of riders. if i can remember off the top of my head without looking at a map: start on alpine blvd, then south grade road, harbison canyon road, dehesa road (climbing starts here), on to japatul road as far as you like, turn around and make your way back to your car on tavern.
re: San Diego Routes: Mountains:HELPnewhouse
Mar 3, 2003 1:49 PM
there is also a five faces of mt. soledad ride that used to be on the website. that website is gone but you can put "five faces of soledad" in google and look at the cached page. the five faces were soledad mtn road, hillside ave, nautilus street, fanuel street, and la jolla mesa.
The climbs from the south are mild ...Humma Hah
Mar 3, 2003 4:05 PM
... and I've done 'em on the cruiser. The hill is only about 700 ft high.

The climbs from the shore are brutal. I went DOWN one of em, maybe it was Hillside, and it averages 15% with some stretches over 20%. I can't imagine climbing it. Doug Sloan would LOVE it.
re: San Diego Routes: Mountains:HELPCurtSD
Mar 3, 2003 1:25 PM
Here are a few:

The climb up Mount Soledad by way of Via Capri is a fairly steep climb for about 1 1/4 miles with a great view from the top.

Highland Valley Road climbs for 5-6 miles up to Ramona, and is fairly steep in places. Highland Valley Road branches off of Pomerado Road just east of I-15.

A bit further North in Escondido, San Pasqual Road also climbs up to Ramona, but is longer and not as steep - though it is narrow in spots, with fairly heavy traffic at times.

If you're willing to go further, you can go up Mount Palomar via South Grade Road, or East Grade Road.

I hear there are some good climbs in the southern part of the county, around Alpine, but I haven't ridden down there much yet - if someone knows where the good climbs are in that area, I'd like to know too.

Hope this helps.

re: San Diego Routes: Mountains:HELPBruno S
Mar 3, 2003 2:01 PM
How much time? If you are comming here on vacation for a few days I would consider buying a book. There a few good ones that will give routes, elevation, etc. If you are going to be here for a while and you can hook up with local riders then learn about popular routes that way.

BTW SDBC has now a sunday 60 or 100 mile ride that always includes good climbs. This comming weekend we'll ride up the nasty Wildcat Canyon.
re: San Diego Routes: Mountains:HELPriderbob
Mar 3, 2003 2:31 PM
I will be there for 2-3 weeks. I wish I could ride this Sunday, but I am going to go up and ride the Solvang Century.
re: San Diego Routes: Mountains:HELPdavet
Mar 3, 2003 2:54 PM
The ride to Mt. Palomar is LONG and STEEP. The view is fantastic! Sounds like something you would like.
re: San Diego Routes: Mountains:HELPriderbob
Mar 3, 2003 3:12 PM
Awesome!!!!!!! This is one of the hills I was looking for. I did some research and found out how to get there...I have it listed below.

Directions: Get underway 40 miles northeast of San Diego, in the town of Santa Ysabel, at the intersection of Highways 78 and 79. From Dudley's bakery, long a favorite with San Diego-area cyclists, follow Highway 79 to Highway 76, finally climbing up Route S7 to the summit - site of the world famous Palomar Observatory.

Not sure how many miles this will be, but it sounds very awesome!!!! I am so pumped. I am going to ride this this Thursday.


re: San Diego Routes: Mountains:HELPCurtSD
Mar 3, 2003 4:31 PM
S7 is East Grade Road. South Grade Road is the steeper one with more switchbacks - it's S6, and it connects to hwy 76 further north.
Palomar. when?Rubberbandman
Mar 4, 2003 9:46 AM
Bob, when are you going to be in San Diego? I'm interested in riding palomar mtn also. Maybe we could get together.

Palomar. when?damelton
Mar 12, 2003 12:56 PM
I am due to visit san Diego in August. What are some good road or group rides within easy reach of the bay as I will staying at the Ocean Park Inn 710 grand ave. zip 92109. I prefer rides that are challenging if that is any help.

Any suggestion would be appreciated

Dale A. Melton
TD Poway and SD/Carlsbad are cruiser routes ...Humma Hah
Mar 3, 2003 4:02 PM
... Approaching La Jolla from the north you climb a little over 300 ft at about 5% at Torrey Pines. The TD Poway features a 1200 ft climb at 8% that's a killer on a 40-pound singlespeed but not an epic climb on a geared roadbike.

The Laguna Mountains rise to a little over 6000 ft, and the Sunrise Highway climbs about 2000 ft from Pine Valley up that way. That's starting to get good, something I never wished to attempt on the cruiser.

The serious endorphin junkies climb Mt Palomar, at the north end of the county. I traced the route out on a computer topo map once and got a nosebleed just looking at the climb chart. I blacked out before I could memorize the actual climb figure, but it was serious.