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San Diego Highway S2 + ADD NEW ROUTE


21   in California California65 Miles Miles

By Spanky B
on February 1, 2005

4.6out of 5

5 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Start your route in Warner Springs, CA which is about 60 miles northeast of San Diego. From Warner Springs, head southwest on hwy 79 and then get on San Diego S2 (San Felipe Rd) heading south. You'll cross hwy 78 and continue on S2 heading south and into the Anza-Borrego Desert Park finally ending up in the town of Ocotillo and at Interstate 8. I encourage you to turn right around (after gassing up) and doing it again in the other direction as you will be amazed at the difference in panoramic views.

Scenery

You will have a fantastic panoramic view of the Laguna and Volcan Mountains. Desert shrubbery, with awesome blossoms in springtime. Part of the route follows the Old Butterfield Stage Route which can be easily accessed. Old stagecoach wheel tracks still survive after almost 150 years. The pink desert hues of the Borrego Badlands can also be seen from an overlook along the highway.

Road Quality

The road is normally kept in great condition. There are some long straight stretches intermingled with many great, fun twisties. You will need to watch a few of the sweepers, however, as the road is still built in its original desert roadbed and remain flat throughout some of the turns with little to no bank angle

Roadside Amenities

Not many roadside amenities, pick up gas before you go. There are a couple of gas stations in Ocotillo at S2 and Interstate 8. A couple of campgrounds along the way with meager mini-marts and NO gas. The Lazy Lizard bar is a real gem of a desert pub in Ocotillo. At the other end of S2 in San Felipe, several miles before Warner Springs, The Log Cabin has great food and cold beer but has no normal operating days and hours. Well worth a stop when they are open. Be forewarned that it is VERY HOT in the summer through Autumn. Take lots of drinking water with you always.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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By Guest
on January 28, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

It should be noted that the intersection of S2 and 78 is not an exact crossing, you need to turn right onto 78 and travel about 500 yards then turn left to pick up S2 again as you travel this route south. There are no gas stops along this route that I know of and during the summer it does get VERY hot. This is probably one of the greatest and least ridden routes in San Diego county.

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By Guest
on May 3, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 07

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

This is a great ride, I start in Temecula and take the 79 to the S2 to the 8 south to sunrise Hwy up to Julian then back to Temecula. The S2 route is Ca desert at its best, lots of rolling hills and great scenery and the pie in Julian is xlnt.

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By Guest
on November 24, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Touring

I would not do this run in the summer,but was very nice in November.Started on the 79 around Temecula.No traffic ,this on Saturday.Pleny of places to open her up.Will go again weather permitting

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By Guest
on September 26, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Other

I have driven this road 5 or 6 time and it s always exciting to do the ride again. There is nothing like a ride in the desert, it calls you back again.

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By Guest
on June 18, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Touring

Went through here last august - was fun but hot.No one on the road . Stopped for a couple of INS officers .

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