Located on the east side of Balboa Park, Florida Canyon offers narrow singletrack trails that wind through both sides of the canyon. Also known as Morley Field, this recreation area is a great place to ride after work for anyone who lives in the area. If you're visiting the San Diego Convention Center, it's worth riding between meetings. This is a fun set of trails with lots of quick ups and downs. Nothing too challenging, but a good workout. Try riding here at night and it feels like a completely new set of trails. Warning, there are joggers, walkers, a few other bikers and occasional dogs off leash, so be careful. Wear a bell.
Check with the Adams Avenue Bicycles crew for the Thursday night singlespeed ride. Geared bikes tolerated. After an evening ride, check out the track racing at the Velodrome. Thanks to neighborhood groups like Friends of Florida Canyon, the trails are in good shape. To volunteer with them, contact Judy Chock.
All Level Ride
Name: Florida Canyon Singletrack
Distance: 2-8 miles
Trailhead Location: From the south - take I-5 North. Exit Pershing Drive. Turn left on Florida Drive. Pass Naval Medical Center and turn next right onto Morley Field Drive. At the top of hill, turn right, then right again into lower parking lot (to Dog Park). Trails start south end of Dog Park.
From the north - take Hwy 163 south and take the Washington Street East exit. At Park Blvd. turn right, heading toward the SD Zoo. Turn left onto Morley Field Drive. At the top of hill, turn right, then right again into lower parking lot (to Dog Park).
Brief: All singletrack. Some technical areas. Short ups and downs. Some stairs and bridges. Great place to learn to ride. Be careful crossing Florida Drive. Drivers aren't expecting to see mountain biker pop out of the brushes so close to downtown. We suggest you start at the dog park, head south and turn right after the bridge. Across the road. Ride up the west side to the top, then south back down to the road. Cross back to the east side. Head south on the out-and-back trail. Work you way up to top of east side and follow trails up and down the canyon back to the dog park.