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Visitor Center Loop Trail is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Diego, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.4 mi Elevation gain 160 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

River

Views

Wild flowers

Bugs

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Renato Torres
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Steve Miller
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Hiking

Definitely a great trail for working on mountain unicycling skills. Uphill, downhill, some bumps, one sandy section. Gotta go early in the morning before too many people are on the trail, but 7am start worked fine. Oak grove loop offers some challenges as well but not as heavily traveled. Saw a velvet ant (pictured) as I was stopped trying to get up a hill!

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Jacqueline Santiago
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LA resident here and I enjoyed this little hike. Went around 7am and I was one of the first cars there. It was a nice easy and relaxing 1.5 mile hike. The lot was full on my way back down to my car so I'd advise on arriving early if you want to avoid the crowds.

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Janet Little
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Good rolling hills. The backside of North Fortuna extreme up and down hills.

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Marina L
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It was challenging for my kids but we made it through.

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Skylar Kelsven
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Short, little shade, road noise

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Linda Torzsa
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I just moved to CA and this was my first little hike with my dog. Brought water for both of us, she had most of it! There were a couple shady areas for her to rest. I would do it again but earlier in the morning next time!

Elz Bellz
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Visitor’s center loop + Grinding rocks + Oak Tree (or creek not sure) loop trails. For a nice 3 mile on a hot day. Some shady spots and the only place dog was off leash was when I let him go in the stream at Grinding rocks to cool off. 9:30 am -11:00. Stopped 3 times to give dog water and let him rest in the shade. He doesn’t usually like to drink when out even on a hot day. But today 2 bottles of water in only 3 miles. People bring enough water for you and a hot thirsty dog!

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Jessica Lukasik
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Took the Visitor Center Loop to the Grinding Rocks Trail. Enjoyed peace and tranquility while having a picnic with my toddler by the water. Then headed back on the Visitor Center Loop. One of my favorites when I need a quick and easy reconnection to Mother Nature.

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Steve Miller
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2nd trail on the mountain unicycle. First section was downhill-a little challenging but ok. The transition to uphill after was tough, along with a sandy section by the river that I couldn’t get the pedals going fast enough to get through. Hopped over to oak grove trail that had a couple uphills that I need to work on. The section by the kumeyaay demonstration shelter through the river was too rocky and technical for my skill level right now. Coming back through the rest of the VC loop was narrow so not good if there are a lot of hikers around. Fun little downhill at a corroded pipe near the return to the parking lot. Good times!

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Eric Reichling
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Ruben Tirado
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Jay Thiv
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Sinned Azogaraz
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I went the wrong way! Long story short. Good work out. Walked my bike most the way. I didn't die. I threw up! Happy 4th!

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Lizette BJ
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My kids loved it! It was easy but there is a bit of a hike on one spot.

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Tiffany Aquino
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Easy with beautiful views, just a little narrow in certain parts so be respectful, let people pass through, wear a mask when others are nearby.

Steve Phallen
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Good for dogs but busy. There’s a stream about halfway through. Not much shade wear sunscreen.

Alyssa Valero
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First time on this trial and I loved it! It’s a nice hike it is rocky and a little over grown in the beginning and end.

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Hunter Watson
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Jay Thiv
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Heather Park
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It’s closed due to Corona Virus

Gabriella Pons
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Great trail for dogs/if you want to jog it. Not too steep. Great views at sunrise.

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ang sadiq
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