Cycling Kitchen Creek / Lake Cuyamaca in Pine Valley, CA – Great Rides powered by Hyland’s

This episode of Great Rides powered by Hyland’s features the Kitchen Creek – Lake Cuyamaca Loop which is one of the most popular rides in Southern California. A favorite for both locals and visitors that takes you on a challenging climb and rewards you with spectacular views along the way.

This ride is just over 57 miles long with a significant total elevation of 5,337 feet. With beautiful forest and desert scenery it has become quite popular among road cyclists.

The Kitchen Creek road section begins one of the premiere Hill Climbs in Southern California. It’s 11.8 miles long, with an average grade of 4% but with segments up to 12% and an elevation gain of 2,651 feet. The special part of this section begins at mile 14 where motor traffic stops and the single lane roughly paved road will take you from gate to gate as you enjoy this secluded part of the ride ending at Sunrise Highway.

At the top you’ll turn right onto Sunrise Highway finding yourself riding among mountain pine trees at a peak elevation of 6,000ft but you’ll soon be able to take a break and refuel at the popular Laguna Mountain Lodge and Store on the left.

You’ll then continue along Sunrise Highway leaving the wooded forest behind only to reveal a spectacular view of the vast Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

As you cruise along this elevated ridge of Sunrise Hwy, heads up for very high winds from about mile 26 to 31.

After a welcome descent you’ll find yourself among open fields as you reach the top of the loop and turn towards Lake Cuyamaca. With beautiful views as you round the lake, you’ll then begin winding your way towards the wooded Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Upon cresting a climb at the Paso Picacho Campgrounds enjoy a well-earned 8-mile descent back to Old Hwy 80.

A final left turn leaves what’s often a hot last 5 mile slog back to Pine Valley. But when you finish, Frosty Burger is definitely the place to enjoy a well earned old fashioned burger & shake!

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