NORTH LAKE HODGES - South Escondido
Beginner and Intermediate Rides
8:45 meet, 9:00 Ride
We are meeting in the same parking area as the San Pasqual ride. However whereas San Pasqual went East into the farmland, we are going WEST around Lake Hodges.
This is a beautiful trail that everyone should ride at least once. The trail starts off smooth/fast going under Highway 15. It quickly becomes a fire road with small climbs and drops. There are a few technical sections with rocks and a slightly steep pitch (one area). These areas are SHORT and can be easily walked if necessary. There is climbing and occasional rocks on the path with a stream crossing. This is what makes it fun for the more advanced riders too! Within this area will be secondary trails for the intermediate riders.
The trail joins up with the Lake Hodges Park, and thereafter becomes single track. As the trail goes around the lake, it gets closer to the shore and weaves in and around trees. There are a lot of short up and down sections twisting everywhere. I expect to hear a lot of whooping in this section! The trail ends near a beautiful picnic area overlooking the Lake. We will stop here for lunch with the devotional. This is and 'OUT and BACK' ride, meaning we turn around and go BACK the way we came!
I am not positive on the total mileage, but 10-14 miles sounds about right. Let's get out there!!!!
What to bring:
1. Helmet, of course. No helmet, No ride 2. Seasonal clothing.
4. Water - at least 50 oz, 80 oz is better.
5. Don't forget to prep your bike the night before. Pump air in the tires (40-45 psi), lube the chain, and test the brakes.
6. Spare tube or patch kit
Directions are very easy. Take I-15 (South of Escondido) exit Via Rancho Parkway East (Lake Hodges exit). Take a quick right (after Gas Station) onto Sunset Drive; go to the end and park. There is a parking lot for both the Lake Hodges and San Pasqual Valley trail. Please be at least 10 minutes early -8:20AM.
McDonalds Parking Lot off the 15 and Aero Drive. Take 15 (just north of I-8) and Exit Aero going West. Park south of the McDonalds Parking lot and look for the bikes! Arrive at 8:00am.