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Balboa and Surrounding Canyons (San Diego Tour)  (California)      29k views  
         EDGE305 Software Version 3.20     Route creator ErikMM  
Route Overview

Overall:  5.7
Technical:  6.0
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Distance: 24.6 miles
Ascent: 2,392 feet
Time: 2:39 minutes
Ladder Points +64
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Tour all that "downtown" San Diego has to offer in the realm of mountain biking. Sure there is some pavement involved, not to mention two hike-a-bike and stair sections, but this route connects all the little dirt gems the city has to offer...and its a loop! There are even two 'free-ride' sections you can tool around on. *Beware of cars and crossing intersections. WARNING-Some waypoints are missing @ intersection, there would be too many! Your Garmin will get you to all the dirt spots. Also be weary when traveling down some canyons as there may be "bums" and other "things" going on. Do not do this route alone near dark.

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To get the downloaded gpx file from your computer onto your GARMIN device, login to Garmin Connect at STEP 1). Select ACTIVITIES (far left menu, 5th option) STEP 2). Upper right, click IMPORT, then click BROWSE, middle of page. STEP 3). Double click the activity, then click IMPORT DATA button. STEP 4). The activity opens (in Garmin Connect), then upper right, of the 5 icons, click the GEAR icon 5. then SEND TO DEVICE (Note: you can rename the acivity before sending to your device). The activity will show in 'Courses' on your Garmin device with the default name or the name you gave it. 6. You'll need to unplug your device to view courses on your device. That's it.

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  Route Comments
Most of the trails in Balboa Park west of 163 are too pedestrianized or don't look legit. Same thing with Golden Hill. Probably better to skip these parts. Some of the trails through the South Park canyons are overgrown and not visible on the ground.
If you live near here (or not) you would never believe all the dirt in this city...its a good time
I finally did it...hopefully the photos load and the starting tracks are there...I freaked when returning to the start and saw no tracks on the Garmin being that I took loads of photos and road nearly 25 miles to do it...
there are even some 'free-ride' sections...or jumps city odessey

Route Times
PlaceName  Best Time   Total Time  SpeedCompleted
2:39:564:09:069.2 mph1 

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