Sweetwater Bikeway

Sweetwater County Park, California

Elevation Gain70ft
Trailhead Elevation45ft
Elevation Min/Max32/51ft
Elevation Start/End45/45ft

Sweetwater Bikeway

Sweetwater Bikeway is a hiking and biking trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Sweetwater County Park. It is 2.8 miles long and begins at 45 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is a mile with a total elevation gain of 70 feet. This trail connects with the following: Sweetwater Park Trail.

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Diego (Menasha Ridge Press)
Sheri McGregor
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"The reservoir stretches out, a cool blue strip in the arid land—and a tempting taboo for heatweary hikers."
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"To the south and east of Sweetwater Reservoir spread sensuously rounded hills, dotted with sage, pepper trees, and rare coastal varieties of cholla and barrel cactus. Running-shoe footprints overlap the linear marks of mountain bike tires and the inverted-U impressions of horseshoes on the trail that traverses the grassy slopes overlooking the reservoir."
50 Best Short Hikes San Diego (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad & Don Endicott
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"San Diego’s South Bay region—the coastal plain and foothills inland from South San Diego Bay—mixes up square miles’ worth of recently built housing tracts with pristine meadows and mountain slopes, albeit treeless ones. You can still find wide-open spaces where wild oats and foxtails chafe in the afternoon breeze, the spicy aroma of sage scents the air, hawks glide overhead, and coyotes and other small animals flourish. One such space surrounds Sweetwater Reservoir in the semirural community of Bonita. Long before any significant modern settlement of the area, the Sweetwater Dam was built to impound the rather meager flow of runoff from mountains to the east and dole it out to agricultural lands during the summer dry season. At the time of its completion in 1888, the dam was higher than any other dam of its kind in the United States."

Sweetwater Bikeway Trip Reports

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We stayed in the camp ground over the weekend, which was well maintained and is close to town. The camp ground has several parks for the children, hiking trails, fishing at the reservoir, RV electrical hookup, and corals for horses. Access to the multi use trails was easy from the camp ground. Good for improptu weekend outdoor fun for the family. Views are better farther out of town, but that's not what this location is really about.
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Great trails straight from the campground! We especially enjoyed Cedar trail, which (at least this time of year - early May) felt like we were in the middle of a rainforest. There are parts of it that are so shaded by tall, lush trees and the ground is completely covered in green plants that I never would have guessed that were were in Southern California, especially after the 2003 fires. Desert View trail had some great views and is also highly recommended!
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Not too challenging, but great views and pretty well marked. Need to bring lots of water in summer. Some unusual wildflowers and not too much burn damage.

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Sweetwater County Park
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Sweetwater County Park
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
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Additional Use
Sweetwater Summit Regional Park
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