Romero Canyon - Trail, Santa Barbara, California

Romero Canyon - Trail, Santa Barbara, California

DESCRIPTION

You start off the trail going up the mountain on a fire road...the fire road goes for about 2 miles, then levels off and turns into a singletrack for the remainder of the uphill. Closer to the top, the trail get a little more technical, having a few 1' to 2' dropoffs. At the end of the trail, you will be on East Camino Cielo near one of the water tanks. It takes about two hours to go up, 35 to go down.... be careful on the weekends, the trail is awfully crowded..be sure to remember to yield to other people enjoying the trail.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 21, 2014]
CFStewie
Weekend Warrior

I moved to Santa Barbara in April and have been slowly learning all of the trails in the area. Most of them have not had updated reviews on MTBR in years, so I'm going to try to do some updates. On 7/20/14 I rode Romero Canyon Trail. I started out up the fire road and came down the singletrack. I did the short loop but next time will ride all of the way up the fire road to the paved road to get some extra climbing and miles in. The hardest part of the climb was the first mile. It's rocky and steep in sections but I was able to ride the whole thing. It's pretty well marked and you just keep cranking up the fire road (about 2/3 of the way up, nature has started reclaiming the fire road and it turns into single track) until you hit the trees and there are three signs all saying "Trail" with arrows pointing down to the left. The downhill was really fun up top, smooth with switchbacks and lots of speed. Once you start getting down to the creek bed there are some serious rocky sections and drops. I'm comfortable on my bike and a pretty confident rider, but had to dismount about half a dozen times through some big rocky sections and creek crossings. It was great that the creek was still flowing even during the drought conditions we've been having and the canyon was gorgeous.

Customer Service

I did the standard ride up the fire road and down the singletrack. Next time I will add the additional fire road up to the paved road for more climbing and miles.

Similar Products Used:

Elings Park - easy laps but right on the ocean and fun.
Tunnel Trail/Jesusita - similar to the Romero Canyon singletrack downhill.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 11, 2009]
stillclimbing
Cross Country Rider

Climbed Romero Canyon on the the new bike. Heads-up technical trail is now childproof firebreak road, but I guess Santa Barbara County needs firebreak roads more than singletrack. Makes for great views with the shoulder-high manzanita gone. Very rapid descent on the new Ellsworth.

Similar Products Used:

Tunnel Road Cataway . More firebreak, more ocean views.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 28, 2009]
Zachariah666
Weekend Warrior

As with many trails in this area, it is steep and rocky in many parts, which makes for a challenging ride both uphill and downhill, one more than the other depending on the type of bike you have. Some of the rocky areas will be nearly impossible to climb, which means that on the way down, you'll need to be prepared for some drops (you need pretty long travel, and dual suspension is pretty much required). Some good switchbacks on the singletrack part, too. The fire roads at the bottom and the top are definitely pretty boring, but at least the view at the top is good!

Make sure to wear a trail bell on the way down because of all the hikers.

Customer Service

Drive up Romero Canyon road in Montecito and park near the gate to the trail (on the left), then climb up as far as you can go, then ride back down to your car. At the top of the singletrack, there are three ways to go: left on the fire road, right on the fire road, or up another section of singletrack (which looked really narrow and steep). I went left on the road towards the ocean.

Similar Products Used:

Jesusita, Cold Springs, Tunnel

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 29, 2009]
jonecat@hotmail.com
Cross Country Rider

Trail has just recently been plowed due to the Jesusita fire. The singletrack is still intact, but the entire fire road has been plowed and is really loose in places.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 14, 2008]
rsmarg
Cross Country Rider

The climb up via the service road is still pretty tame since the entire thing was dozed for the fires two years ago. The Romero Trail, though, is still as fun as ever. The service road climb used to turn to singletrack about 1/3 way up with some nice challenging, technical sections, but that's all gone. After the road was dozed some technical features remained, but those have been removed. The good news, though, is that you can see the trail is starting to get reclaimed. The descent on Romero Trail is still great. Its pretty dry and dusty, although the creek is running nicely.

As with all the trails in the area, please use a bell on your descent, especially on Romero Trail as there are a lot of technical sections that run out into blind corners. Please yield to all other trail users.

Customer Service

Romero Road up to Camino Cielo, down Romero Trail.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 01, 2008]
capt.scurvy
Cross Country Rider

Warning to x-country riders: the descent is an advanced mountain/DH trail! The main descent is actually a tree covered, boulder-strewn creek bed which will require a long travel fork (80mm= Endo), lowered seat, lots of clearance, and experience dropping down the face of 1 to 7 ft dia. river rocks. A fun challenge for the skilled DH rider, but a prob to those for whom tree roots are the biggest bump. Also-the popularity of this trail requires one have the skillz to get out 'o the way. Get in a good stretch before the ride too 'cause those endos can tear ya up! The trail IS beautiful, the ocean air-- so fresh . . . so clean. (go Lakers!)

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 13, 2007]
kdenny8
Weekend Warrior

We went out to ride this trail October 5th 2007 and found that the Forest Service or whatever gov. agency is responsible for creating fireroads has plowed this trail out. All the sweet technical single track is gone, replace by a loose fire road all the way to the top of the ridge. A great acess trail is gone, to b replaced by a dull fireroad climb.

Customer Service

Up Romero & down any other trail along the ridge.

Similar Products Used:

Cold Springs, San Yisidro

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 25, 2007]
bwsurfer
Downhiller

romero canyon once a cool singletrack offering up some spectacular views IS NO LONGER EXISTING DONT WASTE YOUR TIME THEY BULLDOZED THE TRAIL NO MORE SINGLETRACK,JUST A LOOSE 10 FOOT WIDE SWATH OF SHLEP WITH LOOSE BOULDERS AND DANGEROUS LOOSE SECTIONS ITS SOO LOOSE THAT YOU CANT RIDE IT, THE FIRE BRIGADE THAT FLATTENED IT, ONE OF THEM WAS A BIKER AND HE CRIED AS HE COMPLETELY DESTROYED THE TRAIL...PLANING IT ALLLLTHE WAAAYYY TO THE TOP, ADD THAT TO THE SURF SPOTS THAT WERE DESTROYED TOO OILPIERS, STANLEYS....

Customer Service

NONE, THE TRAIL BEYOND THE TWO ELECTRICAL TOWERS HAS BEEN BULLDOZED, NO SINGLETRACK, NO RIDING,THE ZACA FIRE IS TO BLAME...THERE IS PROBLABLY MORE TRAILS THAT THEY RUINED, THE THING IS, THEYVE RUINED THE NATURAL RUNOFF AT THE BULLDOZED SITE AND WHEN THE RAINS COME IT WILL BE A WASHOUT, YOU THINK ITS BAD NOW,WAIT TILL A COUPLE OF INCHES OF RAIN FALL....ITS ALL OVER.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 31, 2007]
Foxy
Weekend Warrior

Great ride today. Fire road for approx. the first thrid of the ride, reasonably steep. Strail switches to single track for the rest of the way up the mtn. Fair amount of loose rock on the trail. Look out for hikers on the trail. They provide bells for Mtn. Bikers at the base of the trail. They are really loud on the way down, which is a bit annoying, but I would rather suffer through the sound of a bell for the 20 min decent instead of loosing the use of the trail.

Customer Service

See above

Similar Products Used:

I haven't ridden any others in the area.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 02, 2007]
winner
Cross Country Rider

It is a sustained up hill on sunbaked choppy fire-road to an oak tree covered boulder-strewn canyon down. I am writing to make a distinction for tha cross country riders who might attempt this. This is a MOUNTAIN TRAIL not x-country. When I tackled this one I had 3 yrs exp. on only long rolling up/down hardpack on a "x-country bike". Now bikes are more hybridized of course, but let me say that on this downhill you will need lots (120mm min) of travel in your front fork, ground clearance, seat post adjusted very low to the top-tube (not xcountry-style) in order to avoid endo. Which I did 3 times (1 torn hamstring later . . .) We passed a guy who was walking his dog and exclaimed that he'd broken a collar bone attempting the 3 ft drop we'd just hike-a-biked down. I'm not downplaying this rocky adventure; just a word of caution to the x-county bruthahs and sistahs out there.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
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