Hollenbeck Canyon near Jamul, and just 25 minutes east of San Diego offers some fantastic trails through stunning and unique scenery. A seasoned mtb’er can easily put together a fantastic 12-20 miles ( or more) ride, but just exploring all the paths, trails and tracks. From lush green meadows through fantastic shady oak groves to high and open trails with great scenery of the canyon and surroundings
Trail Stats & Information
Nearby Town : Jamul
Length: You decide : the trail I did was just under 10 miles
Trail Type: You decide
Skill Level: [what the books say] no info
Skill Level: [My Opinion] Technically easy. Physically moderate
Duration : My time was 02:07:34
Elev Gain : 1,265 feet
Top Elev : 1,506 feet
Min. Elev : 761 feet
Hollenbeck Canyon came as a complete but pleasant surprise to me. The scenery from the trailhead is quite unique and different from what you might expect. I was lucky that I met 2 fellow mountain bikers at the trailhead, they had just returned from their ride, and I was able to get some very useful info on what trails to take. Even though it was January, it was hot!!, and I can only imagine how unbearable it would be in the summer.
The loop I did was very enjoyable and pretty easy going, even the climb was not too bad, but I did notice that I was drinking more than I normally do, due to the heat. The trails were compact dirt tracks, and pretty fast flowing through fantastic scenery. There are numerous very fast singletrack downhill sections, that require full concentration, because of some gnarly ruts and loose rocks on the trail.
Traffic on Trail : Although the trail head was fairly busy, I did not see many people on the trails
Wild Life : Snake and plenty of buzzards
Scenery : Great scenery, pretty unique for this area
Getting There : Hollenbeck Canyon Trailhead : the trailhead is just off Campo Rd ( CA94) on Honey Springs Rd
Other : Take lots of fluids, in January it was hot, so just imagine what the summers must be like.
My Trail Rating : 8 / 10