Camuesa Connector - Trail, Santa Barbara, California

Camuesa Connector - Trail, Santa Barbara, California

DESCRIPTION

Head up Buckhorn fire road for about 3 miles until you see a rusty sign with Connector cut in it with a welding torch. Thats yor trail. Be happy for for what ahead is 5 miles of fun singletrack climbs and descents. There are even some 30 mph straight aways if yor heart wasn't already pumping. Switchbacks a plenty. So once the fun ends you find yourself in a riverbed with no visible trail. Don't panic, PCR is right across the riverbed, (easier said than done especially in the winter when the waters 40 degrees and creeping up to your crotch). After reaching the road making a right and head a couple miles down to Lower Oso, and head to Upper Oso and the car.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 30, 2012]
Doug Hagensen
Cross Country Rider

HUGE PROPS to the Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers who put serious effort into brushing and re-building the entire length of the Camuesa Connector Trail!! At this moment, it is by far my favorite Santa Barbara area cross country trail. Smooth and lots of flow with enough challenges to keep an intermediate/advanced CC rider happy. Epic scenery with a good fire road climb and paved road return followed by a dip in the Santa Ynes river....sweet!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 19, 2011]
eric s
Downhiller

this trail is better for someone who is more of a cross country ridr than a downhiller. i was hoping to ride my bike up the fireroad to then ride down a fun singletrack and get some adrenaline pumping but boy was i disappointed. the trail goes down for 100 yards or so then steeply up in a series of switchbacks then down again then up again. there are a few sections.....i should clarify too. i would have been fine pedaling a bit throughout the singletrack but this is really a hikig trail that people ride bikes on. certain turns are so steep that even me a 26 year old in descent shape couldnt find fun to ride up. bottom line...see "recommended route" many cross country people love this route, i guess like they say different strokes different folks. i am glad i rode it just to know i am better off never following m camuesa curiousity again on bicycle.

Customer Service

i am going to ride the fireroad from upper oso to little pine...get the climbing done in one foul swoop then hopefully enjoy a long descent from little pine thru nineteen oaks and back to upper oso. i think that it will be a bit longer climb but more consistant climbing followed by consistant downhill sections.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 01, 2011]
Feldybikes
Cross Country Rider

This trail is super overgrown. Judging by other reviews and the description from my trail map printed in 1995, it's _always_ overgrown. The climb wasn't bad, but the descent was teh suck with all the shrubbery. I've been on less good rides, but not many.

Customer Service

We went up buckhorn down Camuesa. I'd recommend another trail.

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Tunnel trail was fun.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 26, 2010]
theugliest
Weekend Warrior

Cardio grind to the take off point, a few more climbs on the single track, but all in all, a fast, fun and definitely challenging enough ride. Downhill rigs are not really the thing due to the climbs, and you don't really need it. I was just laughing and giggling to myself all the way to the bottom on the last bit. It is that kind of just happy fun. One spot that comes up on you fast can lead to a pitch off a very hairy cliff. Other than that, mainly just the sort of fun you ordered. Isolated, no cell reception anywhere nearby, and it gets bitter cold at night in the winter, so be smart.

Customer Service

Well documented already, hard to miss.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 03, 2010]
eneff
Weekend Warrior

This is a great trail... my favorite in the Santa Barbara area. It's easy to get to. It took about 40 minutes of climbing from the parking lot to get to up a fire road. Great views along the way. It definitely gets the heart pumping.

Starting down the trail head on the right off of the fire road (which is well marked), it's a fun fast run into a small valley, a climb out of that, and then downhill for the most part beyond that. There are some switch backs but nothing too technical other than a 14 inch tree root on an uphill switch back.

As previous riders noted, there are some ticks which I encountered on my last ride in mid-January 2010. I had the trail to myself. It was dry but it hadn't rained in at least 12 days.

I had to cross a river to get back to the road but it was easy to do without getting wet.

Overall, the trail flows really well and feels a lot more XC-like than most trails in the area. I enjoyed this a lot more than the Santa Cruz trail. Less work to get to and there weren't any sketchy areas with steep drop offs to the side.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 30, 2008]
jonecat@hotmail.com
Cross Country Rider

11-29-08
Excellent condition after the recent rains, but there are a lot of novice riders on atv's and motos.

Customer Service

I strongly recommend parking at Lower Oso. From Lower Oso take the 1.5 mile sweet rolling singletrack to Upper Oso. Then follow the forest service road approximately 2 miles to the Santa Cruz trail head. Follow the Santa Cruz trail(very difficult, but super sweet) approximately 1.5 miles to the 19 oaks trail. Follow the 19 oaks trail(very difficult trail with a few steep hike a bike sections) for approximately 2 miles to connect with the forest service road again. Once you hit the road follow it down for approximately 3/4 mile to the Camuesa connector trail. Follow the Camuesa all the way to Paradise road and back to Lower Oso. The whole point of this route is to avoid the atvs and enjoy as much singletrack as possible. If you are an advanced intermediate to expert rider this is the choice route.

Similar Products Used:

Arroyo Burro
Little Pine

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 11, 2008]
coachnick
Cross Country Rider

Trail was great! Second time ridden and was better than I remembered. Has great flow but must be ready to click to the small chainring at the turn of a corner. Very diverse with switchbacks, small rock gardens, natural berms, water crossings, and lush tree covered cool areas.

Similar Products Used:

the Santa Cruz trail

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 06, 2008]
El Roberto
Cross Country Rider

On 1-2-08, I rode this trail for the first time in 10 years. It is still super fun. The only change is at the beginning. When you turn off Buckhorn the trail has been bulldozed as part of a fire break. but the single track remains intact from the bottom of the fist climb...1/4 mile in. Also, don't expect an all downhill run once you leave buckhorn road. You do climb a lot on buckhorn, but the more challenging climbs are on the singletrack.

Customer Service

upper oso - buckhorn - connector - paradise canyon road back to upper oso.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 01, 2007]
misctwo
Weekend Warrior

as everyone has summarized the trail sequence, i'll give a current trail update. damn, wish i got out there more. rode today, 3/31/2007. trail is quite dry, as this winter had very little rain. even so, the ticks were out in droves. my riding buddy counted 33+ on him throughout the ride, while I only had a total of about 8. The trick to avoiding the ticks is: short nylon/poly socks and nylon type shorts( i was using TLD Motos). The ticks cannot grab hold, hence they will land on the material and roll off. very important but you still need to be vigilant. AS FOR THE TRAIL, it is in amazing shape. relatively easy uphill and a well distributed downhill. only one downed tree, easy roll around....

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 06, 2004]
Pacific24
Cross Country Rider

I've been to this area quite a few times this summer, but today was the first time I rode this trail. This trail is pretty good and has a good mix of everything that makes MTB riding so damn fun. It starts as some fun straight, slightly DH, flat singletrack. It then turns into rolling singletrack, then uphill switchbacks, then some slightly rocky descents then up again. After all the work climbing the Buckhorn fire road I was expecting all DH, but that was not the case. Then end of the loop with the river crossing was definitely an experience! I'll try to post a picture of it. All and all a fun ride.

Customer Service

101N, 154N, right on Paradise Canyon Road, go back about 6 miles, head up to Upper Oso campground, In the back right of the campground is the fire road that leads to Camuesa Connector Road (singletrack)!

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Try same route but instead taking the Cameusa Road continue for another 7-8 miles make your way across Happy Hollow campground and hit San Ysidiro (I think that's what it's called) trail, more fun singletrack!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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