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South Rueda Canyon Trail is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near San Diego, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.6 mi Elevation gain 357 ft Route type Out & Back

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Muddy

Over grown

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Note: As of June 2020, users report that the trail head is gated and closed off, however the trail is still accessible if you park farther away and hike towards it. Standard canyon trail in the middle of suburban Tierrasanta. Dogs are allowed on a leash. There are a few creeks or ditches to cross over, but the small bridges are pretty sturdy. The trail is very easy to follow but is overgrown. As you hike you alternate through lengths of open canyon and stretches of overgrown/overhead bushes and trees. There are a few areas with a steep incline but they are not difficult to hike.

There is ample neighborhood street parking nearby.

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Tiffany Hurd
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Hiking

it needs some love but overall good hike

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Tobin Williams
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WalkingOver grown

Great hike, just needs a little TLC - and a bridge or two.

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Aaron Williams
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HikingNo shadeOver grownRocky

If you’re looking for the “trail less travelled” where you won’t see anyone else, this is the trail for you! However, be prepared for little shade, overgrown trails, and lots of sticker plants. There are a couple of cool creek crossings, and some “tunnels” through the bushes. I suggest taking the west loop back after you walk to the golf course, then exit to Baroque Ln and walk the streets back to the park.

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Guillermo Escobar
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Mountain bikingOver grownRockyWashed out

Trail in pretty bad shape for mountain biking Tried to ride it yesterday but plants cover the whole trail. 2 rivers with no way across on bike which cuts continuity on the ride

Alex Alex
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

A lot of spiky plants. Ware pants.

krista Balint
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Hiking

This trail itself is nice. However, they are currently closed and they dont allow pets.

A A.
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We attempted this trail today but the road to the trail head was gated off and said closed. We are military and have IDs but there were no personnel manning the gate. Just closed. You could park nearby and walk the approximately one mile to the trail head...

Lynn Kohl
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

This trail is exactly what I was looking for today. I wanted a trail that was easy to get to, but not highly trafficked. I was looking for a trek that was a little more challenging, but could still be done in a couple of hours. This one was perfect. I walked for about 90 minutes, and didn’t see another person the whole time. The trail is a little rough, of moderate difficultly, and there is a significant portion of the first 1/4 of the trail that is overgrown. I would recommend going when it is cooler, and wearing long pants to protect yourself from the overgrowth. Entering at Road Runner Park is the best way. Go to the south end of the park, past the playground. There is a house on your left hand side as you face the canyon. The beginning of the trail is a little hard to spot, but is located between two bushes. I found it fairly easily. The trail ends at a dirt road next to a golf course. Turn around and go back the same way. There is very little shade on this trail, so bring a hat, sunscreen, and water.

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Javier Ortiz
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Hiking

When you get to end go back the same way.

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Reilly Giunta
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Mountain biking

The trail was in rough shape. It had also just rained and the mud and sand mixture clogged the chain and sprocket. The trail head is completely hidden and I ended up passing it. Just FYI, the trail head is before the river crossing. I didn’t realize this and crossed the river and got soaked. So, if you hit the river, turn around and try to find it again.

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Traveling_Chicana Hp
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HikingOver grown

This is a very secluded trail, but very pretty. The AllTrails parking map provided is located on government property and a military ID is required.

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Brandi Larmore
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Lee Rivera
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Malcolm Shaw
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Hiking

Glad I gave this one another try. The trail is clear and in great shape. I recommend going in at Road Runner neighborhood park.

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Stephanie Hartmann
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Hiking

Just as previous person stated, the trail starts behind the house on the left as you face the canyon. This trail heads down to follow the creek bed. I thought There is one spot in the trail where there could be a log or boards to cross, but you could jump over (running jump!) or climb down and up the other side.. Someone is maintaining this trail though as I saw evidence of erosion prevention. Thanks to whomever this is :)

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Mary Coe
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Hiking

The trail head is hard to find behind the the house on the left if you are facing the canyon at Roadrunner Park. Once you get to the access road behind the driving range at the golf course turn back the way you came because if you follow the arrow you will dead end where the trail is closed.

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Stephanie Robles
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HikingOff trailOver grown

couldnt find the trailhead, wandered for s long time.

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Malcolm Shaw
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HikingClosedNo shadeOver grownPrivate property

Trail is on military property and is so overgrown that you would miss it without the app. It is not safe for two reasons. You have to walk along a golf driving range and there is a risk of rattlesnakes since it is completely overgrown.

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Ryan Brown
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Adam Talbert
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Trail is overgrown and impossible to pass in some areas

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