Fort Ord National Monument

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Fort Ord National Monument

Monterey, CA ⎢aMTB1⎥

This area is not the most exciting riding, but it is very scenic and reliant on fire roads, which are closed to motorized traffic and great for adaptive riders. I rode three trails and all are aMTB1. If accessing from the Laguna Seca Raceway, there is a gate that is sometimes closed. Consult TrailForks POIs.

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Sea Otter DH Course

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Sea Otter DH Course

Monterey, CA ⎢aMTB1⎥

The rating does not reflect difficulty level. This is an expert only DH course with features. The rating indicates that the course is plenty wide enough and no obstacles exist.

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Northstar Bike Park

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Northstar Bike Park

North Lake Tahoe, CA ⎪aMTB1⎪

I know this place has MUCH more to offer, but I had limited time and was only able to ride three trails the day i was there. I am sure there are others that are adaptive friendly, but I just have not ridden them yet. Hopefully i will get back there soon and be able to add more.

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Glorieta Camps

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Glorieta Camps

Santa Fe, NM ⎪aMTB1-3⎪

This is a crazy fun area but you need permission and a support rider for most trails.

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Los Peńasquitos Canyon

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Los Peńasquitos Canyon

San Diego ⎪aMTB 1-3⎪

PQ Canyon is my home turf and where i ride most of the time. I know it very well and am working on documenting ALL the trails that i have ridden.

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Silver Canyon

Silver Canyon

Bishop,CA ⎪aMTB1⎪

Silver Canyon is a ten mile long fire road that descends from the Ancient Bristle Cone Pine Forest in the White Mountains down to Bishop, CA. The vertical drop is 6000 vertical feet. Thats 6000ft in ten miles and all aMTB1 fire road!

Daley Ranch

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Daley Ranch

Escondido, CA ⎪aMTB2⎪

This is a super fun area and I can’t wait to go back! Its rocky and I like that. The one thing that causes a problem for adaptive riders is all the big ruts. I had to get help in a couple spots so it needs to be rated aMTB2. If you are by yourself, you should be fine if you stick the main trails and fire roads though. The route provided here is what we did. There is a section of single track called Crest Trail that would add a significant distance, but we opted out until further recon can be performed.

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Santa Rosa Plateau

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Santa Rosa Plateau

Murrieta, CA ⎪aMTB2⎪

There are just a couple rock gardens that are questionable (see videos) so hesitantly i am rating this route aMTB2. It is almost all aMTB1 though. I rode the rock gardens by myself BUT they are definitely tricky. Support rider highly recommended.

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Ted Williams

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Ted Williams

San Diego, CA ⎪aMTB2⎪

This is a DH area. Advanced riders only! I have ridden Otter and Berm Trail both by myself but needed some help on Berm Trail the first time.

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Gonzalez Canyon

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Gonzalez Canyon

San Diego, CA ⎪aMTB2⎪

This route would be rated aMTB1, but the first section is single track and gets pretty tight. I have ridden it solo, but had to work for it and caught some cactus. Lots of cactus.

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Encinitas Ranch Loop

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Encinitas Ranch Loop

SAN DIEGO, CA ⎪AMTB1⎪

Encinitas has some really cool community pathways that make for a fun ride. They boast some incredible easterly and ocean views. While most of this loop is wide open and easy, there unfortunately is a significant amount of road time. Exercise caution. Wear a helmet and observe traffic laws. Be sure to consult the POIs because there are a couple problem spots (see below). The route takes you onto a golf course in order to access a pedestrian bridge that otherwise only has stair access, through a steep rutted section where adaptive riders might need a spot and onto a brief section of private property.

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Lusardi Creek Loop Trail

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Lusardi Creek Loop Trail

San Diego, CA ⎪aMTB2⎪

This route is mostly fire road and double track and would be rated aMTB1 if it weren’t for two potential problem spots. Be sure to consult the POIs. There is a section of singltrack that was pretty tight with a ton of cactus last time i road it. Its been a while though and I highly recommend a support rider, at least for the first attempt. The second potential problem is a narrow bridge. My bike fits no problem, but its definitely tight.

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Los Peńasquitos Canyon aMTB2 Loop

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Los Peńasquitos Canyon aMTB2 Loop

San Diego, CA ⎪aMTB2⎪

This is my favorite loop (until we can work on some more trails) in PQ Canyon. It incorporates the famous Tunnels, Cobbles and some cool bridges. I have done all this on my own, but there are some really sketchy spots and i highly recommend a support rider on your first try.

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Los Peńasquitos Canyon Solo Loop

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Los Peńasquitos Canyon Solo Loop

San Diego, CA ⎪aMTB1⎪

This route is designed for solo adaptive riders to ride confidently in an unfamiliar area. It is comprised mostly of fire road and double track and you will miss a lot of what this area has to offer, BUT you will be able to ride alone safely, regardless of ability level. I will add more advanced loops for this area in future blogs. Happy riding!

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