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Old 11-18-2014, 02:52 PM   #1
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San Diego to Ortega Hwy loop

I moved to San diego in July and have ridden most of the mountain roads in the area. Palomar Mountain and graded dirt around it is great.

Now I'd like to explore the Ortega Hwy and some graded dirt nearby. Would like to avoid the 5 and 15 as much as possible. Any good loops heading there and back to SD?

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Old 11-18-2014, 03:29 PM   #2
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I moved to San diego in July and have ridden most of the mountain roads in the area. Palomar Mountain and graded dirt around it is great.

Now I'd like to explore the Ortega Hwy and some graded dirt nearby. Would like to avoid the 5 and 15 as much as possible. Any good loops heading there and back to SD?

Thanks! Mike
Check out the De Luz area and Tenaja Road. Paved with some dirt options. Connects with State 74 via North Divide Road. Those roads will take you from 74 to 76. South of there... many more options.
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Old 11-18-2014, 08:38 PM   #3
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If I could give you one good piece of advice if you're planning on riding the San Diego area is to join SDAR...

Regarding this particular thread.... Paging Crawdady, Chris you got your ears on ?
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Old 11-19-2014, 08:15 AM   #4
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De Luz to tenaja to south main divide is one way to get to Ortega hwy avoiding the 5 and 15. Not much dirt, but a fun ride. I usually continue on north main divide and head to the top of saddleback mountian. Also, I typically do a few laps around wildomar ohv while I'm on my way.
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:56 AM   #5
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There are much better roads to ride without all the crowds

I would do Julian to Grapevine canyon to Borrego Springs back to Julian.

Ortega Hwy is a trip to the morgue it is not if but when.

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Old 11-19-2014, 10:55 AM   #6
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There are much better roads to ride without all the crowds

I would do Julian to Grapevine canyon to Borrego Springs back to Julian.

Ortega Hwy is a trip to the morgue it is not if but when.

http://www.russbrown.com/motorcycle-...ia-bikers.html

Ortega is no more dangerous than you make it, it is busy though.

I agree though that the suggested route is a better one.
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Old 11-19-2014, 06:20 PM   #7
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From Escondido take Old Ortega Highway/395 north. It runs parallel to 15.
Then once in Fallbrook use these to get to Ortega:

De Luz Road
De Luz Truck Trail
Tenaja Truck Trail
Wildomar Truck Trail


Here's a GPS track (purple) from when I did it a few years ago:


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Old 11-19-2014, 09:32 PM   #8
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Anyone remember the Green Hornet?

He rode a a lime green KZ1000.

He was know as a speed demon on the Ortega Hwy the CHP gave him the nickname Green Hornet.

He was hit by another Motorcyclist as he was on the side of the road, the guy that hit him was doing over 100mph and killed both of them.

I will not even drive a car on the Ortega Hwy as it is not if but when you will be in a Head on.

I first went over the Ortega Hwy in 1972 so I speak from years of hearing about all the people killed on that road.
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Old 11-20-2014, 04:58 PM   #9
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Ortega is definitely one of those roads that is nicer to ride in the middle of the day than on weekends. I say middle, because a ton of people commute using it. On weekends, it's a combination of slow cars, slow Harleys, and dudes on sportbikes using it as a racetrack. At least half the times I've been on it on a weekend, I've either personally witnessed an accident, or ridden past fire/medics responding to one. The last time, they had the rescue crews repelling down the canyon to fish out someone that went over the side. Nice ride, couple of decent hangouts, but can be a little nuts.
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Old 11-20-2014, 05:37 PM   #10
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Thanks DangerMoney, I looked at that route through Fallbrook and using De Luz road. Looks like a nice ride.

Appreciate the map.
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:11 PM   #11
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Ortega is definitely one of those roads that is nicer to ride in the middle of the day than on weekends. I say middle, because a ton of people commute using it. On weekends, it's a combination of slow cars, slow Harleys, and dudes on sportbikes using it as a racetrack. At least half the times I've been on it on a weekend, I've either personally witnessed an accident, or ridden past fire/medics responding to one. The last time, they had the rescue crews repelling down the canyon to fish out someone that went over the side. Nice ride, couple of decent hangouts, but can be a little nuts.
A ton? I checked the AADT for that roadway. State 74 between I-5 and Lake Elsinore carries the same amount of traffic as I-80 over Donner Pass... a fairly busy Interstate freeway. It isn't the sort of roadway that is really that fun... considering the options not far away (like State 74 east of Hemet). I've seen the aftermath of at least two accidents on that roadway (both solo and both were cars).
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Old 11-21-2014, 04:55 PM   #12
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You gotta remember~ Ortega is the only East/West corridor between the 91 and the 76. That's A LOT OF PEOPLE using a route that was once a twice weekly stage route. It wasn't built for the numbers of vehicles it now handles.
Dangerous? Depends on the level of risk you're willing to accept.
Do I ride it? Occasionally, but I don't go looking for it.
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