North Lake Hodges


Beginner 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.  What makes this a strong beginner ride is the slight climbing and occasional rocks on the path.  This is what makes it fun for the more advanced riders too! 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 turnaround and go BACK the way we came!  I am not positive on the total mileage, but 10-12 miles sounds about right.  Let’s get out there!!!!

What to bring:
1. Helmet, of course. No helmet, No ride
2. Seasonal clothing.
3. Food.
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
7. Prayer

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.


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