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Rancho La Costa Preserve

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Recommended Routes in Rancho La Costa Preserve - 2

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Difficult

La Costa Preserve - South Side Access

8.8 mi 14.1 km 1,216' Up 370.54 m Up 1,216' Down 370.49 m Down

Lake Sa…, CA
Favorite My new 20 year old bike worked great
Intermediate/Difficult

Horned Lizzard to Whiptail Loop

5.4 mi 8.7 km 730' Up 222.39 m Up 729' Down 222.31 m Down

Lake Sa…, CA

Rancho La Costa Preserve Biking

  • 25 Miles 41 Kilometers of Trail
  • 2 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Easy Trail Easy Trails
  • 10 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 1 Difficult Trail Difficult Trails
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Trails in Rancho La Costa Preserve - 10

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2.0 mi 3.2 km #1Switchbacks
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA 20 
1.7 mi 2.7 km #2Horned Lizard
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA 10 
1.7 mi 2.7 km #3Whiptail Loop Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
0.6 mi 1.0 km #4Nascar Trail
Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
1.0 mi 1.6 km #5Copper Creek Trail
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
0.5 mi 0.8 km #6Mule Deer Trail
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
1.6 mi 2.5 km #7Denning Road
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
0.5 mi 0.9 km #8Water Tank Trail
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
1.0 mi 1.6 km #9Diestro Connector
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
0.4 mi 0.7 km #10Connector
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA

Photos of Rancho La Costa Preserve - 19

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My new 20 year old bike worked great
Mar 21, 2021 near Lake Sa…, CA
To the right is the start/end of Switchbacks.  To the left is the start of Nascar (aka Drop Down Trail as indicated by signage).
Apr 13, 2022 near Lake Sa…, CA
One of the bridges that cross Copper Creek.
Feb 3, 2022 near Lake Sa…, CA
By far the most technical section that I encountered.
Feb 23, 2019 near Lake Sa…, CA
Sitting at the top of Nascar
Jan 11, 2015 near Lake Sa…, CA
Copper Creek Falls at end of Whiptail Loop
Oct 17, 2017 near Lake Sa…, CA
The view from the top is worth the climb.
May 27, 2017 near Lake Sa…, CA
Made it to the top!  First time ever on a bike.
Mar 21, 2021 near Lake Sa…, CA