Bicycling Magazine Chula Vista, CA: The Bonita Trails 

Weave together a spider web of fire roads, singletrack, and doubletrack for some choice mountain biking on this trail network in the heart of Chula Vista.


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Author: Bicycling Magazine
Date: 21 Apr 2008 12:06:57 PM
Activity: Mountain Biking
State: California (CA)
Distance: 8.32 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 1808 ft
Total Loss: 1803 ft
Net Change: 5 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: California, Chula Vista, Mountain Biking
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Start from Performance Bicycle and cross Bonita Road onto a fire road before a short climb to some sweet non-technical singletrack. The trails in this network vary from smooth hardpack to dried-out mud ruts which will test your line-finding ability. Along the way, you’ll have a chance to tackle several man made obstacles including a see-saw ramp, narrow bridges, and drainage crossings. You’ll power over short climbs at several spots along the way with downhill payoffs perfect for testing your precision at speed. Several of these trails cross small washes which may or may not have bridges: be ready to hike your bike or pop some major air. Our Take: Stop by Performance Bike Shop on Sunday morning around 8 am hitch along with some locals who cap help you navigate this fairly informal trail network.

-Mapped by Angela Wimberly

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Chula Vista, CA: The Bonita Trails

Distance: 8.32 mi Points: 704
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
# Distance Instruction Distance to next
1 0.00 mi Straight - Unnamed road by cemetary Then go 0.29 mi
2 0.29 mi Straight - Onto wide trail Then go 0.09 mi
3 0.38 mi Bear Left - Continue climbing uphill Then go 0.12 mi
4 0.50 mi Turn Left - At T-juntion Then go 0.07 mi
5 0.57 mi Bear Right - On trail at T-junction Then go 0.07 mi
6 0.65 mi Turn Right - Onto singletrack at 3-way junction Then go 0.12 mi
7 0.77 mi Bear Right - Head up the hill turning at 3-way Then go 0.23 mi
8 1.00 mi Straight - Through gate and across Terra Nova Dr Then go 0.02 mi
9 1.02 mi Turn Left - Left at 4-way juntion after gate onto singletrack Then go 0.12 mi
10 1.14 mi Turn Right - At t-junction onto singletrack Then go 0.37 mi
11 1.51 mi Turn Left - At T-juntion onto fireroad Then go 0.29 mi
12 1.80 mi Turn Left - Left after gate Then go 0.03 mi
13 1.83 mi Straight - Cross Rancho Del Ray Then go 0.02 mi
14 1.85 mi Turn Left - Fireroad Then go 0.60 mi
15 2.45 mi Turn Right - At 3-way junction onto a wide-ish trail Then go 0.04 mi
16 2.49 mi Turn Left - At 4-way junction onto singletrack Then go 0.71 mi
17 3.20 mi Point Of Interest - Bridge is usually out Then go 0.01 mi
18 3.21 mi Bear Left - Onto trail Then go 0.05 mi
19 3.26 mi Turn Right - Climb fireroad to park Then go 0.07 mi
20 3.33 mi Turn Right - Rancho Del Rey Then go 0.06 mi
21 3.39 mi Turn Left - Buena Vista Way Then go 0.03 mi
22 3.42 mi Turn Right - Onto path through yellow poles Then go 0.01 mi
23 3.43 mi Turn Left - At 3-way onto singletrack Then go 0.02 mi
24 3.45 mi Turn Right - Wide trail Then go 0.02 mi
25 3.48 mi Bear Right - Watch for trash Then go 0.04 mi
26 3.52 mi Bear Left - Singletrack heading to hill Then go 0.14 mi
27 3.66 mi Straight - Through parking lot to wrong way exit Then go 0.09 mi
28 3.75 mi Straight - Cross Paseo Ranchero to driveway on other side Then go 0.09 mi
29 3.84 mi Turn Right - At 3-way junction onto singletrack Then go 1.14 mi
30 4.98 mi Bear Left - Up climb to Home Depot then left Then go 0.05 mi
31 5.03 mi Straight - Plaza Ct Then go 0.06 mi
32 5.09 mi Turn Right - Paseo Del Rey Then go 0.06 mi
33 5.15 mi Straight - Cross H Street Then go 0.15 mi
34 5.30 mi Turn Right - At 3-way onto singletrack Then go 0.33 mi
35 5.63 mi Bear Left - Onto the trail beside H Street Then go 0.16 mi
36 5.79 mi Turn Right - Cross H Street Then go 0.02 mi
37 5.81 mi Turn Left - E H st Then go 0.48 mi
38 6.29 mi Turn Right - At 3-way junction onto singletrack Then go 0.12 mi
39 6.41 mi Turn Right - At T-junction onto singletrack Then go 0.37 mi
40 6.78 mi Turn Right - Onto dirt road Then go 0.06 mi
41 6.84 mi Turn Right - At 4-way junction and climb back out Then go 0.39 mi
42 7.23 mi Straight - Thru gate across Terra Nova Then go 0.24 mi
43 7.47 mi Bear Left - Continue on trail Then go 0.13 mi
44 7.60 mi Turn Left - At T-junction Then go 0.08 mi
45 7.67 mi Turn Left - At Y-junction Then go 0.07 mi
46 7.74 mi Sharp Right - At 4-way junction Then go 0.21 mi
47 7.95 mi Straight - Descend cemetary hill Then go 0.30 mi
48 8.25 mi Straight - Country Hwy Then go 0.07 mi
49 8.32 mi Stop -

Points of Interest

Photo 16

Location: Unknown
Crude, not to scale, genius, this is the local map of the hiking and mountain biking trails.

Performance Bike Shop

Location: 32.657442, -117.042461
Start from Performance Bike Shop at 3901 Bonita Road.

Trail begins

Location: 32.652167, -117.041516
A wide trail begins at end of the paved road and winds through the cemetery.

A short hill follows a sweeping left turn.

Location: 32.649276, -117.041087

Line-finding 101

Location: 32.647433, -117.039886
Which way would you go? Choosing a good line is critical through this rocky, loose section.

Sweet singletrack is tucked between tall shrubbery.

Location: 32.644217, -117.036882

Dead Car Hill

Location: 32.639122, -117.037139
View of the easier climb up Dead Car Hill on the return trip You'll have an option to tackle the medium climb up Dead Car Hill on the return trip. For an easier climb up Dead Car stay left on the return trip. Looking to practice your descending/climbing? Looping Dead Car Hill is is the ticket.

Fire road

Location: 32.639845, -117.035937

If you've got a bite to eat, snag this picnic table along the fire road and rest your legs.

Location: 32.640748, -117.035079

Drainage crossing

Location: 32.642627, -117.023149
Several little bridges cross drainage ditches along this section of singletrack. The last bridge is usually out use caution on your approach.

Rice Canyon Trail

Location: 32.644073, -117.018170
A singletrack silhouette portrait

Ant Hill

Location: 32.641543, -117.010875
Looking up Ant Hill It's steep and short, and it ends in the parking lot--a good smooth stretch to give your legs a chance to recover.

Back to singletrack.

Location: 32.638941, -117.014051
After a stretch of doubletrack, the trail narrows back down to a ribbon of singletrack at this spot.

Snake Trail

Location: 32.640098, -117.018042
Locals know this section as the Snake Trail.

Wetlands

Location: 32.639592, -117.021904
Cross the wooden bridges to avoid getting wet and work on your balance and control in the process.

Man-made obstacles

Location: 32.639122, -117.026367
A see-saw ramp: Follow your buddy too close and get burned. There are a number of man-made bridges and obstacles to test your skills along this stretch.

The Shady Part...

Location: 32.637929, -117.030659
The bushes near Home Depot are a bit on the unsavory side. If you're worried, it's best to ride with a buddy.

Singletrack

Location: 32.634930, -117.030444
Fast and hard singletrack awaits. The singletrack resumes

Descent

Location: 32.636231, -117.032504
Be on point during this short descent over rutted hardpack back down towards H Street.

Back over H Street

Location: 32.637722, -117.035519
Hop off the trail at Del Rey Boulevard and pick the trail up on your left on the far side of H Street.

Dead Car Hill

Location: 32.639122, -117.037139
Distant view of the trail down "Ol' Mexico" (trail on the right) You'll have an option to tackle the medium climb up Dead Car Hill on the return trip. For an easier climb up Dead Car stay left on the return trip. Looking to practice your descending/climbing? Looping Dead Car Hill is is the ticket.


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