Anderson Truck Trail - Alpine Trailhead - #AndersonTruckTrail
Anderson Truck Trail - Alpine - San Diego County - #AndersonTruckTrail
One of the gnarlliest, longest, most technical, downhills in San Diego.
I-8 East to Harbison Canyon Rd. (Dunbar Ln). Take a left on Peutz Valley Rd. and park under bridge. This ride can be a shuttle, or for the manly, a long climb into town and up a hill to the trail head...Either way follow Alpine Blvd. (left from Peutz Valley) into Alpine. Left on Victoria and keep going uphill until you reach the end of the road. You'll see a water tower on the right; park here, or enter trail here.

As of August 30, 03, the trail is closed. There is a steel fence blocking the trail about 1/4 mile from Peutz Valley Road. However, if you proceed up Peutz Valley Road to the 1 mile marker, there is a trail to the left that will lead to Anderson Truck Trail, beyond the Steel Fence. Happy Riding! Thomas Guide page 1233-F4 and 1234
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Parking Warning - Just a note to those who haven't done this ride before. The San Diego Mtn. Bike Guide instructs you to park under the overpass. Well, that's fine, but look around at all the little piles of broken glass and you'll see that it's not the safest place - many an unknowing biker has had their car broken into. The crazy thing is that it seems like the last place this would happen, but it DOES happen. I can't really give you any good tips on where else to park - on my last ride I parked about a 1/2 mile east of there in a very open, visible spot and then biked back to start the ride...
Posted on 08/26/08 Alert moderators of this post
Anderson Truck Trail up & down - Aug, 24, 2008. Even hitting the trailhead at 4:30 pm, it was like slogging uphill through an oven. Luckily the trail gets a bit more technical towards the top, so at least you have some distraction from your imminent heat stroke. I actually find a nice shady spot with some breeze, and settled down to make some cell phone calls while my battered body recovered! aFTER THAT, with temps coming down into the mid70s neasr sundown, I hit the downhill and had a good time with my new dual suspension. AND my car wasn't even broken into at the bottom, what a great day!
Seaclasper a 38 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Skirmish-Qwelsher from Silverado Mine, ov'a yon hillock
Posted on 08/24/08 Alert moderators of this post
watch out! - I rode this trail on the 29th of october, started kind of by world cup. if you are riding down to the lake on the single lane trail to the right after the dowhill about a mile in there`s a 15 foot drop and a rock you ride over to avoid it, my tail kicked up wh`ill trying to ride the rock and I fell head first 15 and some sharp rocks. a lot of stiches a broken foot, fractured hip, and 2 hyperextended knee`s were what I came out of that hole with. just a warning to WALK your bike over that rock its dangerous.otherwise the trail was excellent and awesome like att has been forever!
conrad359 a 18 year old riding a trek session 10 from el cajon
Posted on 11/01/06 Alert moderators of this post
ATT - Rode Att on the 15th of april. Started from the water tower at the top of anderson road. This was the first time my friend and I rode the trail. Took a pretty good spill going down the hill but was not hurt. GREAT RIDE. I was wondering if anybody was having trouble getting on the trail from Peutz Valley road from the local residents.
speicher182 a 19 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a specialized FSR Comp from Santee, CA
Posted on 04/19/06 Alert moderators of this post
Mr. Anderson - Rode Anderson Truck Trail a couple of weekends ago. We rode Anderson starting from the highway overpass up to the highest point of the trail not far from the water tower and then doubled back to the car. The ride was a fun break from the usual trails. The view of the El Capitan Reservoir and some of the rock formations were cool to see. Also cool was watching all of the hawks hunting. The climb is fairly long but of moderate grade. After getting about halfway through the climb is a "four corners" intersection, immediately below and above that point the trails have some sections that are really badly rutted. Be careful on the way down because there are ruts big enough so that you will have to be pretty damn good to jump them and even better to regain control before the next one! Not super scary, I'm just saying that there is a section where you should watch your speed! Enjoy the ride.
ICPAYDIRT a 32 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Santa Cruz Superlight from Pacific Beach
Posted on 11/13/05 Alert moderators of this post
The Beast from the East - I went up the fire trail of Noble Canyon from Pine Creek this past Sunday. It was my first time on this trail, and I must say that is quite an uphill through the 90 degree humid weather. I would rank myself as an intermediate rider, and found this trail to be a bit difficult but not impossible. I took a 2 liter hydration pack and it was pretty much empty by the top. I made the mistake of not filling up my pack with water by the picnic area and was paying for it at the last section of the trail. I would highly recommend refilling your hydration pack whenever possible. The downhill lived up to all the hype and then some. I was pretty much worn out for the last section of the downhill to really enjoy it. But Iím sure with a little more training Iíll be able to enjoy the whole thing. I may need two or three weeks to rebuild my appetite for this beast, but I am definitely going back and highly recommend this trail.
grimace10 a 28 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Cannondale F700 from San Diego
Posted on 08/02/05 Alert moderators of this post
Tough start - Tied this for my first trail... umm yeah, not such a good idea. If it's your first time or haven't biked in years, definately pick the novice or beginner trails. The trail was pretty tore up in my opinion, too.
Also, it might not be such a great place to park your car under you bridge. Some f**kin local broke into my car! No respect! It would probably have helped if I had an alarm, but who knows, doubt full. Its not like your in a "populated" area. Maybe even park out on the main road.
Steve619 a 28 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Mongoose EFX from El Cajon, CA E-mail:this user
Posted on 05/05/05 Alert moderators of this post
In all fairness... - I think you should bike however you feel like. That being said, the majority of dudes I see coming downhill on huge rigs are overweight. I am sure it is scary to fly down those hills, but I don't think it requires as much heart as going uphill. I go up and back down, but I am pedaling an inexpensive Fuji Nevada that weighs over 30 pounds with all the crap on it.
Adam Burch a 24 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Fuji Hardtail from San Diego E-mail:this user
Posted on 09/19/04 Alert moderators of this post
Downhillers suck - Bunch of lazy shuttlers.
All Uphill a Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Everywhere Bike
Posted on 09/15/04 Alert moderators of this post
Whatever, dude. - " superfluous energy being spent here..." OK, dude, you try pedaling a 50-lb bike outta that trail and you'll see just how little effort it is. Just because someone chooses to be a downhiller doesn't make them lazy. To be good and competitve (if you're a racer-type), it takes FAR more fitness that you can imagine. Let's quit giving the Dhers a bad rap, here. I've ridden that trail plenty of times on both a DH rig and ridden up on my XC bike...and I've encountered jerks riding both types of bikes. I get so tired of the DH vs. XC crap...let's just ride our bikes and be happy.
An XC and DH rider a Racer
Posted on 09/08/04 Alert moderators of this post
Anderson Truck Trail Loop - Unlike the last guy, unfortunately I did see a couple of people today, both of them zooming downhill at insane speeds and almost knocking me off a cliff. One of these geniuses had no helmet on...

Got to the top of the 'singletrack' and there was a guy there with a broken shoulder waiting to get picked up and taken to the hospital. Then some kid shows up with a massive DH bike (his mom drove him to the top, obviously - no superfluous energy being spent here), asking for directions to where his mom can pick him up after a grueling ride down the trail.

So anyway, despite the idiots this place seems to attract, its a nice trail. Not particularly technical, but watch out for them sandy patches! I went early (6 am) and had a nice breeze and lots of shade for the climb along the reservoir and beyond. Finished by going down Victoria to Alpine back to Peutz St...
Ride rating: Intermediate
Ride distance: 13 miles Elevation change: 2000?
Singletrack=30% Dirt Road=80% Paved Path=10%
The Seaclasper a 34 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a 'Soupy Sales' model Trek from Sandy Eggo, CA
Posted on 09/04/04 Alert moderators of this post

Rode on Tuesday - Bitchin trail. We took the bypass route, and went around all of the obstacles this time. It seems sandier than when we went a couple of weeks ago, although that is unlikely.

Here is a pic of the first of the obstacles as you are riding out.

My buddy is next to the wall to give you an idea of the size of it. As you can see, a quick lift over the side would get you around, but no need with the new bypass. This shot is taken from the bypass.

Great views were to be had, as it was a clear hot day, and as we came back down we snapped this pic over the reservoir.


Good ride. Total of 2000 feet of ascension, 12 miles and no broken gear. Didn't see anyone else the whole day.
Froggystyle a 31 year old Cross-Country Rider
Posted on 08/05/04 Alert moderators of this post

Confused: poster below - I checked out, and the only thing I found on Anderson was something from summer 2003. Is that what you were talking about? I can see how the residents would be angry about the litter and riders. There is broken glass a'plenty, and I think I even saw a shattered toilet up on the trail. Huh??? I hope the toilet isn't bike-related, but if it is, I would imagine nobody going UP would be carrying it... I was driving my car after the ride away from the 8 north on Peutz, and some Jackson was doing a wheeley on the road in a blind curve on a steep hill. He almost wiped when I came around the bend. There are quite a few idiots on this planet, and unfortunately, we socal bikers are a representative cross section of that population.
Adam Burch a 24 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Fuji Hardtail with toilet rack from San Diego E-mail:this user URL: 2003 anderson article
Posted on 08/01/04 Alert moderators of this post
If you want to know the real story on this trail, go to san diego mountain bike association site ( and ckick on trails, then Anderson. They have the true facts.

Mountain biker and SDMBA member
Posted on 08/01/04 Alert moderators of this post

July 2004 Trail Update - Hit the road at 5:45 this morning. Conditions on the trail are good, it just seems to get more sandy every time I go. Also, the trail is a bit eroded in spots, looks like it could collapse on a couple turns. Is the feud with the metal-wall-guy still going on? When I was driving around, I passed a couple downhillers on the pavement that flipped off a blue house near the metal wall. I assume that is his place....
On a side note, does anyone ever park at the lake and ride up the trail from there? I only ever hear of parking under the bridge, but you could avoid that guy, a bunch of pavement, and increase the length of the uphill climb.
Ride rating: Intermediate
Adam Burch a 24 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Fuji Hardtail from San Diego E-mail:this user
Posted on 08/01/04 Alert moderators of this post
July 2004 Update - First off, I didn't even know about the drama on this trail. We rode last week and had a total blast. Parked under the overpass at the bottom of Peutz, ascended the road until a trailhead on the left, and went over a couple of easy barriers which we assumed were to keep motorized vehicles out, which they would absolutely do, and rode up the trail. After cresting over towards the back side, we turned around, did a little cool loop and descended all the way back. No pitfalls, flying snakes or nailboards this time. We had planned on riding again, but now are worried about it. We found it in a mountain bike trail guide, and a bunch of people recommended it highly, and now I know why.

So, did the problem resolve itself, or is it still a big deal. I have no interest in pissing anyone off, and just want to ride some near-hardcore trails.

I am planning to head up to the one mile marker next time, and avoiding the only spots on the trail I saw any hint of not wanting anyone in there.
Ride rating: Intermediate
Ride distance: 9.8 Elevation change: 1300
Froggystyle a 31 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Specialized M5 from SD
Posted on 07/27/04 Alert moderators of this post

Anderson Truck Trail - I've ridden ATT 3 times since the fires. I most recently rode it on 6/12/4 without any problems. A ranger I encounterd in April 04 didn't stop me to inform me that the park was closed, nor have I had my vehicled damaged while it was parked on Peutz Valley Rd near Alpine Blvd. Moreover, I have never had a run in with any of the kind local residents. FYI- it is now possible to easily pass around the steel wall on the left.

My route includes ascending to the water tank via Alpine Blvd. and descending on ATT. One of my top 3 favorite SD rides. The other two are Lake Morena and, of course, Nobel.

Rock On,

Gear Shifter
Ride distance: 14 Elevation change: 1300
Singletrack=25% Paved Path=50% Truck Trail=25%
Gear Shifter a 39 year old Cross-Country Rider from San Diego
Posted on 06/13/04 Alert moderators of this post

Hey.... mtbiker! We feel your pain....

BUT....use your energy elsewhere. Some awesome trails in
Sa Diego county. I know, I know.... bummer to loose a great
one like ATT. But time mends all. Put that in your past and
ride the other hundreds of miles out there.

Peace, respect.........out
Ride distance: 0 miles Elevation change: no more
Mtbchip a 46 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Blur ... cause I like it from San Diego......all over
Posted on 04/28/04 Alert moderators of this post

LOL - ...yeah attack me for saying I'm going to defend myself and property? This is still America right? I thought it was against the law to willfully destroy someones property? What I am talking about is "right to pass" which causes no person any harm. But you say "We don't want mtnbikers" ...big deal, say that all you want. I am not causing you any loss of income or destroying any property, so why can't I just ride my bike past your precious little house? You are not a nice person, and to attack me for saying I'll defend myself, is lame. You suck ass (by the way that sentance does not really contain any vulgarity - I simply mean to suck donkey :) Have a nice day, oh and by the way "most people" don't hate mtn.bikers, only small minded people like yourself, who have thier own self interests before anything else. Still waiting to hear a good reason why me passing quietly on my bike causes you any harm?
Ride rating: Beginner
Ride distance: 1millionmiles Elevation change: not enough
you blow and suck a 27 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a some old bike from anytown
Posted on 04/27/04 Alert moderators of this post
Hey, what's up with the last guy. Boy, if most mountain bikers are as classless as the 100 year old, "bite me" rider, no wonder most people don't like mountain bikers. Can't you read, Anderson Truck trail isn't public land. Go buy your own land and with all your weapons, ride your bike there. This trail site isn't the place for all your vulgar language.
mountainbkrman a 30 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a specialized from pine valley
Posted on 04/23/04 Alert moderators of this post
bite me - I want to know under what "law" the Forestry service is handing out "500" tickets? And if someone is breaking out windows, they are destroying private property and that is against the law, and if there is all this law enforcement in the area seems stupid that they (law enforcment) should do something to stop it. I do not like to be threatened and one day just might park my van, hide in the back with a bat and break someones face if they try to do anything to my vehical. I am totaly seriuos and if the one posting is the one breaking out windows I am warning you! I could care less what the stupid "Puetz Valley" residents want, if it is public lands, I have a right to pass. Just because you own a little piece of property up there does not give you the right to dictate what happens in the local mtns. If you don't like it go move back to the city, my passing by on a does not harm you in anyway... why do you want to cause me harm? You SUCK ASS! I'll be bringing my bat (and maybe something with a little more kick just in case)
Ride rating: Beginner
Ride distance: whatever Elevation change: very little
Dont threaten me a 100 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a some old bike from any town
Posted on 04/23/04 Alert moderators of this post
I live in Alpine and used to ride ATT all the time, every day from my house in Alpine. The last entry is wrong. CNF does have control over the road at the top, Anderson Road, it is posted closed since the fire, forestry is partolling it thru the day. I have been stopped and warned, almost ticketted. I have called the forestry and been to their Alpine station because of the harrassing Forestry police. This whole trial is either private property and CNF. So whoever thinks different is wrong. Unless you live up here in Alpine you town people do not know what you are talking about. The people who live on Puetz Valley Road and on Anderson Road do not want bicycles out there any more and will do everything and anything to keep riders out. And the guy who thinks that there isn't broken windows busted out weekly under the bridge, well he should park his vehicle under there and see what happens. Or park his truck up at the top, drive thru the road closed posted signs and see if his truck is there when he returns. He doesn't know what he is talking about because this area is patrolled and off limits.
a Cross-Country Rider from alpine
Posted on 04/22/04 Alert moderators of this post
ATT UPDATE - Contrary to what you might have read on the internet, ATT is not in the CNF's jurisdiction. It is open to ride if you don't trespass on Native land and private property. Good luck.
Aquaholic riding a Bobcat from SD
Posted on 04/17/04 Alert moderators of this post
plant? - wtf? this post looks like a plant to me... under what law is the forestry service "giving out $500" tickets, and if I happen to go here and "someone break out my windows" I think I'd break "someones face". I dont like to be treatened, and really think this is a bogus report.
Ride rating: Beginner
Ride distance: whatever Elevation change: kiss it
suck me a 27 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a some old bike from anytown
Posted on 04/17/04 Alert moderators of this post
Anderson is still closed by the Cleveland National Forest. Rangers have road closed at the top, forestry giving out tickets $500. and towing vehicles.
At the bottom at Puetz, sherriff's still harassing riders and if someone does chance it, 90% chance of having window busted out. NEW broken glass all the time. This ride isn't worth all the hassle any more.
from a Puetz Valley resident, mountain biker.
Posted on 04/16/04 Alert moderators of this post
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