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BY DOUG WILLIAMS-San Diego Union Tribune
Double Peak Trail in San Marcos draws mountain bikers as well as hikers.
SAN MARCOS — In literary terms, the trip up Double Peak can be told in two ways.
There is the novel, and then there is the short story.Preview
The long version makes for a nice morning or afternoon outing up Double Peak Trail — just one piece of the city of San Marcos’ extensive trail system — that ends at the 1,644-foot summit.
At 5 miles round trip, starting from Discovery Lake Park, the trail is long enough and steep enough for a good workout, but also family-friendly enough that almost all ages can do it – with a few rest stops, perhaps.
For those who live nearby, it’s a release valve.
It’s a trail Brad Freese of San Marcos says he tries to do “at least once a week.” I enjoy it,” Freese said, pausing as he headed uphill on a recent late afternoon. “It’s nice to be 10 minutes from home and essentially have the chance to get out on a trail, out in the open, without having to go out to the Cuyamacas or someplace like that. It’s very nice.”
The trail begins at Discovery Lake, where hikers – and mountain bikers – take off on a wide path that crosses a spillway bridge and then climbs steadily toward the new hillside homes of the Stone Canyon development.
Here, the way is paved and you hardly feel as if you’re headed into the wilds, but the views — looking back down on the little lake and new homes — are immediately rewarding.
After following the signs through a small section of the housing development, you’ll come out the other side onto a well-groomed dirt track. Follow the trail signs as you head higher on switchbacks cut into hills covered with such plants as manzanita, scrub oak, a few remaining wildflowers and coyote bush.
Below, built into canyons, you’ll see red-tile roofs and blue backyard pools of the new development, a contrast of colors against the dry, wild vegetation of browns and light greens.
But remember to keep your eyes on the trail. Even though you may not feel like you’re out in the wilds, critters are about. As I focused on a roadrunner up ahead on the trail, I nearly stepped on a rattlesnake. Be careful out there.
Eventually, about a half-mile from the top — as hikers pass through a gate that carries a sign warning of recent mountain lion sightings — the dirt trail intersects with a paved, two-lane road. And it’s here where the short-story version of Double Peak is unveiled. You find out you could have driven to the top.
The long story: A 2.5-mile uphill walk.
The short story: A quick drive from San Elijo Road on the other side of the mountain to Double Peak Drive to Double Peak Park. READ MORE VIA SD UT
The new Ridgeline Trailhead in San Marcos will open to the public on Friday, October 15, 2010. The trailhead is located at 102 San Elijo Road, about two miles south of SR-78 on Twin Oaks Valley Road.
The Ridgeline Trailhead includes vehicle and horse trailer parking, restrooms, drinking fountains, shaded picnicking, views of South Lake (a future city park location), and trail access to the Lakeview, Double Peak and Ridgeline trails. There are also bicycle racks and horse tie rails available at the site.
The $1 million trailhead was funded through an agreement with the developers of San Elijo Hills. The agreement also included the development of the entire ridgeline trail system, open space, remote group picnic area, Double Peak Park and San Elijo Park.
The Ridgeline Trailhead provides one of the easiest access points to the Cerro De Las Posas Ridgeline as the trail access location is at the same elevation as much of the Ridgeline trail. Outdoor enthusiasts looking for a more vigorous hike, bike or horseback ride may do the five-mile loop down to Discovery Lake and then back up Twin Oaks Valley Road. There is also a slightly shorter look up to Double Peak Park using the Double Peak Trail and then returning via the Secret Trail.
The City of San Marcos features a proposed 72 miles multi-use trail system. There are 56 miles of existing trails currently that are great for hiking, biking, running, equestrian use and more.
For more information, please call the San Marcos Community Services Department at (760) 744-9000 or visit www.san-marcos.net (Departments/Community Services/Trails).
The climb through San Elijo Hills up to the new Double Peak Park has fast become a popular training climb for local cyclists, triathletes and runners. Send us your time and we will post unofficial records. Use hash tag #doublepeak to chatter about the climb on Twitter.
Distance: 3.70 mi
Elevation Gain: 1,195 ft
6% Grade Percent Change
Scientific data thanks to Garmin; the two steep pitches on L’alpe D’Double Peak are 16% grades with a dash of 17% ouch!
*Palomar ascends 4,325 feet over 11.8 miles at an average grade of 6.5 percent. Alpe d’Huez ascends 3,708 feet over 8.6 miles at an average grade of 7.7 percent.
Standing Start: 45 MPH sign at San Elijo Road and Melrose.
Finish: The Top (tables)
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9.4.09 Tom Kattus 24:00
9.8.09 Jake Jansen 20:45 http://twitpic.com/h1lc3
9.8.09 Brandt Furgerson 22:36 http://twitpic.com/h1lc3
2.24.09 Larry Shannon 17:14 PDF of power data
2.24.09 Karl Bordine 16:45 **** Best Time******
3.18.09 Mike Plumb 19:43
1.1.10 RaeLynn Milley 39.17
3.09.10 Stephen Park 17:57 PowerTap Data
5.28.10 Molly Polderman 24:13 **** Best Female Time****** Cycling Computer Photo
3/28/10 Martin Liljenback 39:07
This was without a bike (running)
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