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How to MTB Stowe Trail to Goodan Ranch/Sycamore Canyon County Preserve during COVID-19

Note: I am/was not sick at all and I rode solo. When: afternoon of Wednesday, 22 April 2020

How to: I accessed the trail system at Ganley Rd/Fanita Pkwy, connecting into the Stowe Trail. There is nothing on MCAS Miramar’s Stowe Trail webpage updating trail status. There are no signs “in the field” when accessing what is considered to be the Stowe Trail that say the trail is closed due to COVID-19. You do need a permit to ride the Stowe Trail, like it’s been for 2+ years now.

So, going south to north on the Stowe Trail, I came to where it joins up with Goodan Ranch/Sycamore Canyon County Preserve. I saw this.

Hmm? I looked to my right and there was clearly a way to get around the fence. The grass was trampled down, indicating that others had squeezed through and continued on with their passive activities, though there’s no way a horse could squeeze through that tight opening (!).

The sign up close:

I snapped that photo with my phone, lifted my bike over my head and squeezed through the opening to the right.

Martha’s is a trail that I enjoy. I did again, having the entire ride, so far, to myself, meaning I did not see another person at this point.

Coming back through, there was this new reality:

Yepper, the gate was unlocked. Alright! I made my way back down on Stowe and romped around a little here and there.

Stowe Trail, MCAS Miramar, San Diego, CA

Note: Sycamore Canyon County Preserve’s webpage says trails are open but parking lots are not.

It sure was a beautiful sunny Earth Day afternoon out there. Cheers, MTB San Diego!

2 comments on “How to MTB Stowe Trail to Goodan Ranch/Sycamore Canyon County Preserve during COVID-19

  1. Jonathan

    How was the mud?


    • James Murren

      Jonathan! Great to hear from you. It wasn’t all that bad. I’d guess by today/tomorrow with the warm weather, only a few sections will still have puddles. The puddles aren’t across the entire double-track in those sections. Martha’s is completely dry. The creek crossings got deeper with the last round of rain, though! Refreshing! — James

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