Descanso Endurance Ride
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DESCANSO RIDE DESCRIPTION
- Scenic trail through the pines
- Great completion awards
- Juniors pay half price
- Hay for horses at vet checks
- Café, gas, market & feed store nearby
- Competent, friendly veterinarians
- Refreshments for riders at vet checks
- Lunch provided for all riders & crews
- Includes dinner Friday night
- Includes dinner Saturday night
The Descanso Endurance Ride in southern California is a moderate (plus) to difficult ride.
The scenery is beautiful with the ride starting at the staging area in Descanso, CA and climbing up to the pine trees and meadows of the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. The course is on trails and fire roads, with good footing. There are a few stream crossings. The trail can be rocky in some areas so if it is appropriate, you may wish to consider putting pads on your horse. The trail is safe, but there are some areas that require horsemanship. There is a lot of climbing so you will need to bring a fit horse, or plan to take the full time allowed. You will be sharing the park area with other equestrians, hikers, bicyclists, deer and wild turkeys.
There is crew access to all vet checks, but since hay, bran and carrots will be provided for the horses, rider refreshments at the vet checks and lunches for all riders, support crews are really not necessary. Thank you to our volunteers for making this possible.
The Descanso Endurance ride basecamp is in an open field next to McClintock’s Saddle Works. Descanso Hay and Feed is also nearby. There is a small store with expensive gas (including diesel), and a café within a mile. The only water source will be a water trough that we will keep filled with a hose. If it is more convenient for you, you may want to bring your own horse water. There are no trees at basecamp, so you may want to bring your own clouds also. Dogs MUST be kept on leashes – please!
DIRECTIONS TO BASE CAMP: From San Diego via I-5 or I-15, go east on I-8 approximately 35 miles. Go past Alpine, and the Viejas Casino. Exit at Highway 79/Descanso (exit 40). Turn left and go north under the freeway. A mile down the road (at the café), turn left onto Riverside Drive. The store and gas station will be about 1/2 mile down the road on the left and the basecamp will be 1/4 mile past that on the right.