San Clemente/ Rose Canyon Trail - Mountain Biking

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The San Clemente/ Rose Canyon Trail is one of the best singletrack rides in San Diego.

Written by

Taylor Reilly


16.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

9.1 miles


3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

2 hours


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


Topographical Map

Rose Canyon Map

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Rose Canyon Info



The San Clemente/ Rose Canyon Trail is one of the best single tracks in San Diego! This 16-mile route runs through San Clemente Park and Rose Canyon Open Space Park, which is just north of the city. The trail itself is moderately difficult, but it can also pose a bit of a challenge in some parts.

What Makes It Great

You'll cross a stream bed a few times and also experience plenty of turns and occasional rises. This is a great semi-urban trail where you can escape the city and experience nature. If 16-miles isn't enough, add some mileage by exploring some of the many offshoot trails on offer. Coastal vegetation covers the hills, with surrounding oak trees and fields contributing to the subtle beauty as well. Rose Creek also meanders through the length of the park, making riders quickly forget how close they actually are to downtown.

Who is Going to Love It

None of the terrain is technical, so riders of all abilities can enjoy getting out on the trail -- though riders who hunger for big rock gardens, steep climbs, and wild roots will feel a little left out. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Take the 805 to 52W. Exit (south) Genesee Ave. There will be a park entrance to the SE. Park and hit the trails. 


San Clemente/ Rose Canyon Trail

San Clemente Park
San Diego, CA, 92117
32.844582, -117.19485

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