Posted on 11 May, 2020
If you are itching to enjoy some fresh air, sunshine, solitude and beautiful vistas, lace up (or click in) your bike shoes, air the tires and hit the trails. This month marks National Bike Month, and celebrating it couldn’t be safer when you live at Weston in Santee.
With the 7,200-acre Mission Trails Regional Park just next door, trails of all levels beckon just a few spins from home. No need for parking; you can access a pathway from both West Hills Park and the future park at the north end of Weston. Here are a few options to explore, where you can be far away from others yet close to home. Check the park’s Facebook page for other recommendations.
Fortuna Mountain Trail
The 6.3-mile, moderately difficult Fortuna Mountain Trail is sure to get your muscles moving. And the payoff is a beautiful waterfall and mountain views to the west. This trail has no shade, so be sure to pack sunscreen and plenty of water. And when riding solo, it’s always a good idea to double-check your cell phone battery before heading out.
Kway Pay Peak Trail
Kway Pay Peak Trail brings on more challenge – but big view payoffs as well. This 2.5-mile round-trip ride ascends 885 feet to the 1,194-foot summit. Pack some snacks to enjoy while taking in the views of San Diego and the mountains before the return trip.
Grasslands Loop Trail
Looking for something a bit less challenging? Check out the 1.3-mile easy Grasslands Loop Trail. This dirt path is wide and mostly flat, making it a great spot for a leisurely ride with lots of space to spread out. Enjoy the occasional rolling hills and natural scenery along the way.
At Weston, you don’t have to venture elsewhere to enjoy the great outdoors on two wheels. Celebrating National Bike Month is as easy as taking a spin around the neighborhood. Add in a secluded rest stop (nap?) at West Hills Park on Weston’s western end.
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