Biking through San Jacinto Valley

 

San Jacinto Valley Mountain BikingCycling – both road cycling and mountain biking

have enjoyed a renaissance in the San Jacinto Valley over the past ten years. Cyclists are once again taking to the highways, byways and trails in and around the valley. Over the years, road cycling has dominated the riding scene in the Valley. However, improved equipment, new and expanded trail complexes and the explosion of high school mountain bike racing in Southern California has shifted the momentum of the sport away from the roadway and into the mountains and foothills.

While mountain biking is gaining momentum, road cycling will always be present

Road cycling enthusiasts visiting the San Jacinto Valley can experience flat to rolling terrain or the extremely challenging mountain landscape featured in the 2013 Amgen Tour of California. Favorite rides of locals who enjoy road cycling include Bautista Canyon located in the southeast corner of the San Jacinto Valley. As you pedal up the Canyon, you will experience varying landscapes including the Citrus Belt, chamise chaparral, cottonwood groves and oak trees. At the end of the pavement, rest in the shade of an oak grove while you recharge for the exhilarating ride back down the Canyon.

Amgen Tour 2013 thru the San Jacinto Valley

For the road cycling enthusiast looking for a more challenging route, the climb up Highway 74 from the Cranston Ranger Station to Mountain Center and Garner Valley or the mountain hamlet of Idyllwild will provide the challenge you seek. Featured in Stage 2 of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California this climb begins near the Cranston Ranger Station and winds it way through varying landscapes to Mountain Center. At Mountain Center remain on Highway 74 to reach the Garner Valley or turn north at Highway 243 to reach Idyllwild. Mountain biking fans in the San Jacinto Valley are treated to equally challenging trails in the local foothills and mountains.

Beautiful views biking in the San Jacinto Mountains

Simpson Park is a wilderness park located in the foothills on the southern edge of the Valley. Trails within the Park are enjoyable for riders of all skill levels from beginner to expert. When biking in the park, check the kiosk found near the picnic tables for valuable safety information and trail maps. Or, contact the helpful staff at Casino Bicycles found at 43906 Florida Avenue, Hemet CA, 92544 or on the web at Casino Bicycles.

San Jacinto Valley Mountain Biking

 

Mountain bikers’ seeking a multiple day adventure should also consider a day in the San Jacinto Mountains. A short drive east along Highway 74 will take you to May Valley or The Hub. In either area, trails can be found that will satisfy riders from novice to expert. For trail conditions and information, contact The Hub Cyclery at 54425 North Circle Drive in Idyllwild or on the web at The Hub Cyclery.

Quick Biking Links:

San Jacinto Cycling trails – http://www.mapmyride.com/us/san-jacinto-ca/

Hemet Cycling trails – http://www.mapmyride.com/us/hemet-ca/

Mountain biking in the San Bernardino National Forest/ San Jacinto-Santa Rosa Mountains Recreational Area – http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/sbnf/recreation/bicycling/?recid=26225&actid=24

Mountain bike trails near San Jacinto Valley http://www.scout.me/mountain-bike-trails–near–san-jacinto-ca

San Jacinto Valley biking

For more information:
San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce (951) 654-1645
Hemet/San Jacinto (951) 658-3211
Email: info@visitsanjacintovalley.com