West Camino Cielo - TRAIL

West Camino Cielo - Trail, Goleta or Santa Barbara, California

Option 1: Start at the Gun Club. Head down the steep dirt road at the end of the pavement. Super down hill. At the bottom you will start climbing, climbing, climbing until you hit Santa Ynez peak. Shortly after that you will hit pavement and the road down to Refugio Canyon. Option 2: Head east from Santa Ynez Peak. It's a very long and fun downhill. Lots of challenges along the way. Arrive at the big hill up. Dig in. It's a pretty steep climb. NO WALKING ALLOWED! Arrive at the gun club. The road takes you down from there to HWY 154. Option 3: Park a car at either end of the starting points, and drive back to the other to start off. Option 4: The REAL RIDE. Leave from Goleta on your bike. Ride up the coast to Refugio. Ride up the pass to the saddle. Turn right and climb up to Santa Ynez Peak. Ride down, down, down. Ride up the big hill to the gun club. Ride down to Hwy 154. Ride up East Camino Cielo to Painted Cave Road. Turn Right. Bomb down the pave road. Cross HWY 154. Ride Down Old San Marcos Road. Turn right on Cathedral Oaks Road. Head back to Goleta. You will know you have been on a great ride.

User Reviews (3)

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Steadie Eddie   [Dec 16, 2000]

Not a trail for beginners. Lots of erosion on road, big rocks, loose rocks, sharp rocks. Also sandy areas where you can wash out when flying down hill. Also by any route the distance and climbing is only for those in good shape. As said, NO WALKING.
The views from Santa Ynez peak are unbelievable. When you get there go up the small paved road to the top for a snack break. Your jaw will hang open from the views, so it may be hard to eat! But do eat. This ride will make you hungry. Be prepared to adjust your tires and/or forks for the assorted conditions along the way.
There is a side trail near Broadcast Peak (the shorter hill just east of Santa Ynez Peak). It's called Tequipis trail. It will take you down to Lake Cachuma.

Customer Service

I like the long ride version. The climb up to Santa Ynez peak is long and steep, but the total ride is worth the Views. Shooting down the hill is awesome. So is that climb up to the gun club. Many people just park at the gun club and head west to Santa Ynez Peak and return by the same route.

Similar Products Used: Tequipis Trail. This trail needs a review. Single Track. I've only ridden it once, so I think regulars would do a better job of reviewing it
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T-Eye   [Dec 28, 2001]

Guys, the peak you are talking of is Broadcast Peak if the maps are correct. It's the highest mountain along the SB coast.

I also don't really think of the way out to the peak from the gun club as climbing the whole way. I'd call it rolling terrain, tending towards more uphill onthe way out and more downhill on the way back, but there are decent climbs going both directions.

This trail is really fun as an out and back race- but quite brutal. The downhill guys that started earlier than I and flew by on the descents were really bummed when my hardtail butt flew by them on that last steep one mile climb to the gun club.

Not my highest rated local trail cuz I'd prefer more technical stuff up or downhill.

Customer Service

Gun Club to Broadcast and back.

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Steve T.   [Aug 16, 2002]

The dirt road is what everyone else is saying about it. The trail down to 154 is all single track. The first mile is long switchbacks with super-smooth trail. The rest of it from there is a little rocky(with dualie).The part I love the most is the final half mile of single track. It is pretty technical and super fun. It's definetly worth doing. When you get to Cachuma you can get a drink or some ice cream(My favorite).

Customer Service

First, this route is if you can beg someone to drop you off and pick you up. Go down from the gun club. Then, right before you ride up to broadcast peak there is a trail that turns to the right. That goes all the way down to some camp grounds. You can keep going on the main road until you hit Hi-154. Then you can go towards Solvang until you see the Lake Cachuma park area. You can get picked up there.

Similar Products Used: Tunnel(If the stupid hikers haven't closed it yet!!!)
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