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Lower Otay Reservoir: West Side

EASY 123 reviews

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

5.3 miles
104 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

trail running



no shade
27 days ago

4 months ago

Where can you park besides the lake area? Thanks.

5 months ago

Great easy hike. Can be used for easy hiking, running or just an easy walk with your family overlooking the beautiful mountains and the lake.

mountain biking
6 months ago

7 months ago

Where does everyone park? Where is the trailhead? How long did it take you to complete the trail? Thanks

mountain biking
9 months ago

Perfect biking trail for any rider. All the shade makes it an obvious choice when other trails are too hot. It has a great flow to it in either direction and allows you to quickly access surrounding trails if this isn't long enough.

This place is amazing for intermediate mountain bike riding. There are a lot of trails that lead to the same destination. The beginning of the trail starts of with a lot of big bushes and lead to the long trees and branches near the lake. There will be a lot of unexpected turns and you can get little scratches so make sure to wear long pants. There are so many hills and turns and you can really enjoy the ride. Once you get deeper into the trail it’s almost like a desert, lots of open grainy terrain, and small bushes. If you go around summer, the sun will be on you so hard, so make sure to wear sunscreen and bring lots of water. Be careful for snakes and bugs!!! But overall this trail is amazing and the end result rewarding. I always feel the ride back to the parking area is a shorter ride than the way in!!! My husband and I love it so much, it’s become one of our favorite trails.

It had a beautiful Scenic Mountain View overlooking the lake a lot of winding roads great for biking! Really close to the Olympic training center! USA!! XD

11 months ago

Lots of interesting vegetation with many small little forests. Lots of lizards small birds and frogs and wooden bridges. Just wish there was parking and a sign at the entrance naming the trail. Very nice view of the mountains and the lake. Will return with my family.

11 months ago

took my wife and son for nice and easy hike this morning. For the most part we are rookies to hiking, so this was a good way to do something but not push ourselves too hard. we had our 3 dogs with us and they seemed to enjoy their hike . trail is mostly flat with a few ups and downs on the road. a few bridges that my son liked a lot. some mud and sections with water because of recent rain but there are alternate narrow paths in areas where water accumulates. we only did about 5 miles total because we it is our first time walking long distance but you can make this hike as long or short as you want to. very light trail traffic today, a few bikers and walkers. trail was clean for the most part, a little trash and dog droppings in some areas but it doesn't seem to be a problem. parking is on side of road at entrance to trail. highly recommended hike

11 months ago

Nice and easy hike for beginners. Straight shot, forward and back.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Really nice easy in and out walk with views of the water... some shade but not much. A lot of bikers so watch out for bends.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Beautiful trail with tons of things to see and cool little bridges mostly for the bikers but some to get through little pockets of water or weeds. Honestly an amazing hike especially since it’s so close to the lake for about 90% of the trail, new favorite spot close to home! One thing to keep in mind, since it is a hiking trail as well, just make sure if you’re hiking or running you keep an eye out for bikers, while there’s a ton of smaller trails that offer bikers access to an alternative route there’s just some areas you need to keep an eye out cause the path is a bit smaller. Overall super happy i found this place :)

Sunday, January 21, 2018


Sunday, November 12, 2017

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

mountain biking
Friday, October 13, 2017

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.

Friday, August 25, 2017

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

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Nice easy scenic walk not hard at all

trail running
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

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

mountain biking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Great trail for beginners, a lot of fun

trail running
Monday, March 06, 2017

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.

Friday, February 10, 2017

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.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Great for mountain bikes and dog friendly.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

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

mountain biking
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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

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.

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.

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