Hello everyone! This is a friendly reminder that any of these fun places we may visit, we are a guest at. Please treat both businesses and trails with the utmost respect. We here at Hidden San Diego follow the 'Leave no Trace' mantra, meaning whatever you bring with you comes back with you. If you see trash on a trail, please do your part to help remove it. Remember, we are not picking up trash from another person but instead cleaning up for Mother Nature. Happy adventures!
On the northwest side of the park, at Sixth & Upas, is a gateway into five trails:
The 1.5-mile trail goes along tree-lined walkway loops through the north end of the West Mesa area. Type: Level concrete walkways. Difficulty level: Easy. Follow the #1 round green trail markers. View Google map.
The 4.1-mile trail is the best way to see the world-renowned cluster of museums and gardens. Type: Mostly level with gradually sloping concrete walks and segments on roads. Difficulty level: Medium. Follow the #2 square light orange trail markers. View Google map.
The 3.6-mile trail offers varied scenery and trail surfaces with some shade, but mostly in sunny locations. Type: 2/3 concrete walkways and 1/3 sloping dirt trails with some steep slopes. Difficulty level: Difficult. Follow the #3 diamond-shaped blue trail markers. Map coming soon.
The 5.4-mile trail features major elevation changes and some portions that require running or walking against traffic on road shoulders. Type: ½ level concrete walkways (some slopes), and ½ roadway shoulders. Difficulty level: Medium. Follow the #4 square purple trail markers. Map coming soon.
The 6.6-mile trail goes through not-often-seen natural areas of the park, including pine and oak-covered trails. Type: ¼ concrete walkways, ¼ asphalt road, ¼ sloping dirt trails, ¼ steep dirt trails. Difficulty level: Difficult. Follow the #5 diamond-shaped red trail markers. View Google map.
Personal Experience: Whether you are a hiker or biker, this area offers plenty of challenges and scenic beauty. With jumps, inclines, drops, twists and turns, I would imagine this to be a dirt biker's heaven. This will connect you to the Bridle Trail, which is another beautiful, hidden gem in Balboa Park.
Is it actual dirt biking trail, or mountain biking trail? (ie engine verse pedal power?)
February 28, 2014
It’s a mountain biking trail.
March 15, 2014
The title of this is misleading, the trail is for mountain biking, not dirt biking.
August 23, 2014
Demolished by city 9/2014
September 23, 2014
I heard the jumps were leveled by the city in 2014, does
anyone know if they’ve been remade?
October 27, 2016
Bunch of pigs ?
August 2, 2017
Im wondering the same thing!
July 3, 2019