Set against the picturesque backdrop of Poway, California, the Lake Poway Loop stands out as an intriguing blend of cross-country (XC) and downhill (DH) biking. This 7-mile singletrack loop offers both the thrill of swift downhill sections and the burn of uphill challenges.
Navigating the scenic loop around Lake Poway provides a pleasant XC ride, allowing riders to soak in the calming views of the water. However, the real adrenaline rush begins just behind the dam. Here, riders are greeted with a captivating downhill section replete with challenging switchbacks. But what goes down must come up. After the exhilarating downhill, prepare for the flip side – an uphill segment that’s been described as a “lung burner.”
For those keen on maximizing the experience, here are some snippets from those who've treaded (or pedaled) the path:
Reaching the trail is fairly straightforward. From Interstate 15, take the exit for Rancho Bernardo Road. Head east until reaching Lake Poway Road. A left turn and a short drive later, one arrives at the park entrance. Note that there's a parking fee of $5 per vehicle.
The Lake Poway Loop, with its balanced mix of XC and DH, offers a rewarding experience for those looking for both exercise and thrill. While its uphill segments might test one's endurance, the exhilarating downhill makes it all worthwhile. So, strap on that helmet, hop onto the bike, and let Lake Poway’s trails work their charm.