Sunday, November 7, 2010
Cameron Corners Cruise
I love riding my bicycle in San Diego's East County. It's like going back in time. Relics of times past when people would take the time to stop and smell the roses
are still evident on Old Highway 80 and SR94.
The Cameron Corners Cruise starts in El Cajon, Ca in the Rancho San Diego
area. The route climbs to Alpine via Dehesa and Tavern Roads. From Alpine it's
an easy climb to the Descanso/Route 79 exit on Interstate 8. Once you've exited
the Interstate, you'll take Old Highway 80 through Guatay to the first stop in
Pine Valley. A county park in Pine Valley is a convenient place to fill up the
Out of Pine Valley, the route continues on Old Highway 80 with a great down
hill to the turn off at Old Buckman Springs Rd. The road gently climbs to
the Lake Morena turn off and descends into Cameron Corners.
At Cameron Corners it's a right turn onto State Route 94 which will take the
rider back to the finish. You'll pass through Campo and climb three hills on
your way to Potrero. Once you've passed Harris Ranch Rd it's down hill to
Potrero and the general store.
SR94 continues to descend out of Potrero past the Tecate turn off and blasts
down hill to where it bottoms out at Barrett Junction. From Barrett Junction it's
a challenging climb to the community of Dulzura. From Dulzura the route
descends to the intersection of Otay Lakes Rd and SR94. From here you climb
three big rollers to Jamul.
Once you've made the final summit in Jamul, it's 7 miles of downhill to
On this route services are available in Alpine (16), Descanso (25), Gutay (27),
Pine Valley (31), Cameron Corners (47), Campo (52), Protero (57), Barrett
Junction (64), and Jamul (79).