Socal - San Diego County - Carlsbad NickNames: #LaCostaPreserve switchbacks, mule deer, nascar, others
Main start point is a short access road on Sitio Salvia. From I-5, take the Leucadia Blvd exit and turn east (away from coast). Leucadia Blvd becomes Olivehain Rd, then Rancho Santa Fe Road. Turn right onto Camino Junipero, left onto Corte Romero, right on Silio Salvia. All trails can be accessed from this point except Horned Lizard and Vista del Mar. Trails split off about 40 meters up the gated access road.
The switchback turns are generally very steep and rocky, but nicely rimmed for your descent. The traverses vary from smooth and level to short and choppy. The surface has been worn to powder in the turns, and large rocky outcroppings are frequent and always in the wrong place. You should have good tread to avoid any slippage going up.
I rated this trail intermediate because of the tough, grinding turns and the narrow track, which make coming down almost as hard as going up. For advanced riders, there is the NASCAR trail that cuts down through the middle of everything. All in all it's a short ride, but really tests your aerobic and bike handling skills.
Ride rating: Intermediate
Ride distance: 3.5 miles r/t Elevation change: +/- 600 ft
FirstSarnt a 60 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Jamis Dakar XCR Comp from Encinitas, CA