Lower Otay Lake

EASY 75 reviews

Lower Otay Lake is a 5.3 mile out and back trail located near Chula Vista, California. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
104 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

lake

1 month ago

It's a nice easy trail I've walked both sides of the lake the west side is much more fun

mountain biking
2 months ago

One of my favorite trails to mtb on and take it easy. Not too much uphill or downhill. Most of this trail is leg work. It's also mostly single track and includes some pretty fun obstacles; like multiple single track bridges slightly over swampy area, and some small jumps here and there.

hiking
3 months ago

Only did half the trail started at the mountain hawk park. Extremely easy walk. I think it would be great for biking.

5 months ago

Nice easy scenic walk not hard at all

trail running
6 months ago

6 months ago

Good trail for beginners or for short rides. Really overgrown due to the recent rain.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Great trail for beginners, a lot of fun

trail running
9 months ago

Great for jogging with your dog! Can get muddy from the rain but it's very peaceful and a good variety of terrain with slight moderation.

10 months ago

Liked the longer distance. Did not like the garbage and broken trees along trail. Currently also has quite a bit of muddy spots due to our recent rains. Some parts w wooden bridges need repair.

10 months ago

Great for mountain bikes and dog friendly.

walking
10 months ago

Out walking the doggies today! Extremely muddy so I had to alter the route for today.

mountain biking
11 months ago

Good trail for mountain biking, easy, fun nice and peaceful. Had a great time

walking
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Nice, long-ish walk; in one way and back the same way with a few splits off the trail to break it up. Looks like a fun bike trail. Little bridges throughout. Found a rope swing along the route. Took a couple hours to complete. Go through the tunnel at the end of the trail before going back, for a little artistic treat.

walking
Thursday, November 24, 2016

It has some good views on a clear day. Nice for a moment to get out of the house for a couple hours.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

So beautiful

mountain biking
Monday, June 13, 2016

Went there with my two young kids and we have a good time, the path is easy and fun for beginners, nice ride nice view.

mountain biking
Monday, May 16, 2016

My wife and my first time riding at Lower Otay Lake and we had a lot of fun. The occasional wood bridge and small jumps kept things interesting and had us laughing. We'll definitely be back.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

good trail....ups and downs...not to difficult.

trail running
Monday, March 09, 2015

Only went about 3 miles, 30 yards from shore line. It was beautiful. I encountered a few mountain bikers, and everyone was very friendly.

mountain biking
Sunday, January 05, 2014

This is a scenic trail around a man-made lake, good for biking and hiking. It is relatively flat, with some ups and downs and little bumps. There are some wooden bridges, two of which go over water. If you have good balance and are confident, you can make it across them on a bike, but if you have doubts and try to put your foot down, it and possibly you are going into some very stinky, shallow, brown water. There are a few little jumps in a couple places. The path is narrow, with lots of twists and turns, so you always need to look and listen for bikers coming from the opposite direction, particularly on weekends. Wildlife along the trail are mostly little birds and rabbits, and occasionally hawks flying overhead (although one time I came upon an apparently injured hawk standing on the side of the path). One time I came upon a rattle snake resting on the trail, and one other time I saw what appeared to be a fox. The trail does not go completely around the lake. The longest possible route is to go from the boat landing on the southwest side, up to the clearing on the north end of the lake, then onto the road for a little bit until you get back onto the path to go south to a point where the trail ends. You can enter the trail in the middle, though, behind Mountain Hawk Park, and go either north or south for a shorter ride.

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