Santa Cruz Trail - Trail, Santa Barbara, California

Santa Cruz Trail - Trail, Santa Barbara, California

DESCRIPTION

This ride is generally called Little Pine, but the trail itself is Santa Cruz. You will climb about 11 miles and 3.500' up Buckhorn fire road. Bring a lot of water, it takes 1.5 to 2 hours to climb. Santa cruz trail starts before Happy Hollow campground on the right side after a bief downhill. At the top there is a meadow with views of Lake Cachuma and the Pacific ocean. On a clear day Santa Cruz Island should be visible. Munch some lunch and start your descent, all 7.5 miles of it! Make sure NOT to make the turn to Santa Cruz Campground on the right, turn to the left. The descent is fast and fun, yet it winds along steep slopes that go a long way down! Have fun and watch for hikers. The trail eventually connects up with Buckhorn fireroad towards the bottom. This ride is the best in Santa Barbara, but it is not wise to start it late in the day during the summer due to the heat.

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 03, 2010]
eneff
Weekend Warrior

Takes a few hours (with breaks) to get to... a long climb. The downhill goes by so fast. It's beautiful, particularly the last three miles. Allthough there were some land slides that required walking. The top mile is pretty sketchy being that you ride along a 60 degree slope on a thin single track.

Similar Products Used:

Camueasa Connector

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4
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4
[Nov 21, 2009]
kfox527
Cross Country Rider

As of 11/21/09 this trail is in really great shape. It looks like a bunch of work has been done recently. Only a few short must walk rock slide spots. The fire road climb is not all that bad and has great views all along the way.

Customer Service

Rode the road to happy hollow. Then followed the trail down

Similar Products Used:

Camuesa Connector, Arroyo Burro

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5
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3
[Dec 02, 2003]
tpoltron
Weekend Warrior

Great Ride - just watch your navigation -do NOT follow the sign to Santa Cruz! Once past the first switchback, the fireroad up has an easy grade and great views. The singletrack down is exposed to the drop-off beside you, expecially in the first mile, but is great fun!

Customer Service

As below. Once past the summit stay left and follows signs to Oso. Santa Cruz is the name of the valley to the north and you REALLY don't want to follow the signs there.

Similar Products Used:

Viper neat Santa Clarita, though its really steep rutted and loose.

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5
VALUE
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4
[Feb 17, 1999]
Vince

This ride is an epic by pure definition. Bring a healthy lunch along since you're going to need it at the top of the climb. Also bring at least one extra tube per rider- we had two flats among four riders due to excessive heat buildup on the rim during braking through the rock shale area. The temp. increase was at least 15-20 degrees through here. Don't get all macho and think "Oh I don't need brakes!" This trail is a long, fast and furious one that will claim your bike if you're not careful. DO NOT ride in the middle of the day in the summer. You WILL overheat. I would suggest at least 100 oz of fluids and 3-4 ClifBars (or equivalent).

Customer Service

Same as he said...

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5
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[Mar 18, 1999]
nipples

This is the most fun you can have in Santa Barbara

Customer Service

up Buckhorn road to the water tower-left turn then the climbing is almost done. don't forget to climb up to the meadow - great views

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 14, 1999]
Clyde

This is Little Pine. It's a gruelling 10+ mile fire road climb w/ a moderate break in the middle, but you give up some altitude (ouch). Total climb is about 3,500' net vertical. From Upper Oso it takes about 90 minutes to 2 hours, non-stop, to get to the top. Take an adequate supply of food, water and clothing (arm warmers, etc.). The wind and temp. at the top can be 20-30 degrees colder than the bottom. Start before 9:00 a.m. in the Summer or forget it! It will get very hot about mile 7. It's feels like the High Sierra up there! Last weekend there was snow at the top and Upper Osos was 65 degrees. This trail always breaks something on my bike. The downhill is a rocket-ride and can be punishing. Ticks abound in the Spring. Be prepared. The pay-off is beyond description, views, solitude, etc...Watch for horse people and hikers on the downhill. Dirt bikes on the fire road are common and they are sometimes going way too fast. This is THE ride in Santa Barbara.

Customer Service

Same as Zarks description. Except I disagree on the name of the ride. No one calls this ride the Santa Cruz Trail. So if you asking a local where it is, say Little Pine.

Similar Products Used:

Tunnel, Jesusita, Romero

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5
VALUE
RATING
[May 22, 1999]
Arlan

The best pure single track in SB. For a little bonus single track look for a brown trail marker post on the right just after the fire road starts downhill after the water tower. It leads to about a 100 yrd uphill hike a bike as you leave the fire road, but then its a ridable 2-3 mile loop that ends up at the saddle that starts the Santa Cruz Trail.

Customer Service

DON'T BUY THE ADVENTURE PASS!!. It is a discretionary program (See "beating around the bush" in Mountain Bike Action May 99)By purchasing one you are casting a vote in favor of this money wasting government beurocracy. I have received several tickets, paid none (sent back w/nasty letter) and received no repricussions (They have no recourse to punish you)

Similar Products Used:

Buckhorn trail, Knapp's Castle, Devil's Canyon, Forebush to Blue Canyon or Gibralter dam,

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5
VALUE
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[Aug 09, 1999]
GT

This is a great ride, but be prepared!!! Lots of food (energy bars, fruit, etc) and liquids, the heat is intense by the time you get to the top in the summer.(2 - 2.5 hrs)

Signage is not as good as you would hope as I found myself stuck at a fork in the road near the top with no sign that said "Little Pine", take the route marked "Upper Oso" to get back in one piece.

Other than this it is an excellent intermediate ride; beautiful panoramic views, fast trails with a cliff edge following you down; ride hard, and smart.

Make sure that you bring lots of liquid for the finish. You make just want to lie against a tree by your car for nap, you'll be pretty knackered when you finish this one!!!

GT

Customer Service

Same as listed

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5
VALUE
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[Aug 13, 1999]
Chewbacca

This trail has been known as little pine since the 80's. We used to be able to pry the door around the lock on the top of the water tower. The chalkboard portion of the is the road that switchbacks to cotton mouth.

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5
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RATING
[Oct 06, 2000]
Stan M

Does the annual New Year's Day ride still happen? Check with my bro Sergio at Hazard's Cyclesport!!By the way, on the way down the singletrack, you will encounter some serious exposure--we're talking 400 ft. down!! But the trail is smooth, if narrow, so take a few deep breaths and let yourself flow serenely down that 12" inch ribbon you see stretching out before you.

Customer Service

Same as Zark's

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5
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