Tunnel Trail - Trail, Santa Barbara, California

Tunnel Trail - Trail, Santa Barbara, California

DESCRIPTION

Downhills this wicked are rare. Downhill bikes, full armor recommended. Trail is very rocky with 1 and 2' drops. Those familiar with the MTB video Real Simple should reckognize the choppy sandstone trail almost devoid of dirt. Be aware that hiker numbers on weekends can be high. Lower seatpost for maximum clearance. Upon completion have beer in the cooler to cool shaky nerves.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 07, 2013]
Miguel
Downhiller

Tunnel Trail is a one of a kind. If you enjoy rock gardens, then try moving up to the next step in technical riding. It's a steep 5 miles of downhill with no forgiveness in sight. The trail is what you make of it though. Take it slow if you want and learn on the easier sections to build up to the tougher spots, or fly through it as fast as you want but make sure to bring your full gear. This trail will take your lunch money and then some if you don't know what your doing. Oh and forget all that full suspension stuff. I wrote it on a hardtail 29er.

http://youtu.be/-MAZs96VvR4

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 12, 2010]
tls36
Downhiller

Very Arizona like in the rocks dept-stunningly beautifull terrain! But, pay attention to the trail in a couple areas mistakes could be costly! Some 100ft drops just feet off the trail, not super technical, but exposure as I mentioned. Starts loose/sandy and flowy, then becomes a ridge ride showing lots of evidence of the fire in the past. Some loose baby heads will keep your speed and sanity in check. I found it a very pleasant descent, rode this on both my AS-X and Pivot Firebird. Six inch bike is ideal and I think a full-on DH rig may be overkill but not unwarranted depending on your skill level. Stopped a couple times to enjoy the views. The hikers were pleasant and helpfull with directions. Drops are plentiful, use common sense, not a beginner trail by any means but not the toughest I have ridden either. Can be and frequently is cloud covered in early AM and coming down riding thru the clouds was really a cool experience, also the upper ridge region can be wet in early AM so caution on wet wood water bars. Loved it and can't wait to drop in again.

Customer Service

Gibraltar to Camino de Cielo(L turn coming up) Trail marked on your L down about 1/3 mile.

Similar Products Used:

Romero Canyon if you like to climb.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 20, 2010]
Tom Sanio
Downhiller

So I had read about this trail for like 2 years before I finally got a chance at riding(shuttling) it. Awesome trail and great and memorable experience! I rode it Friday morning 4/16/10. Next time would like to hike up to the peak above, so many Mtns, so little time!!! I rode this trail on my Yeti AS-X, which I thought was a little overkill for it, a decent 6 inch AM bike with good binders would probably suffice. Armor is definately reccommended as spills here will put you into rock, or over a cliff in spots. I literally started this ride above the clouds which locals tell me is super common up in the Mtns in SB. Cool feeling descending below the clouds! The upper section was a bit loose with plenty of decomposed granite, but that does not last long. Then you enter a ledgy trail with wet rock, I suspect this is due to early AM and less sun exposure on this side of the Mtn/Canyon. Be prepared to slow down so your front end does not want to slide out, and I was even using a Maxxis stick-e tire up front which usually sticks to everything like velcro. You will even cross a small running creek before a left hander. After that the trail dries out and you can let the bike loose much more. Much is said in other posts about hikers, I only saw them near the end and let them pass. The people here were courteous, super friendly and I chatted with a couple near the bottom, how could anyone be grumpy in Santa Barbara??? Nice folks here. I can however imagine many more hikers here on the weekend though, put a bell on your bike, I picked one up at a local shop. So, after the creek, things get drier, more traction and yes you can get trucking!!! Beautiful views are everywhere, so like Sedona, you have to concentrate on the trail! I stopped a couple times to enjoy the views. I found the trail easier in difficulty than expected and in very good condition, only one spot was slightly washed out to the R side. That is not to say this is a beginner trail by any means, it is advanced. I ride in Arizona, so rocks are my thing, if you don't ride rocks, this trail could be intimidating. Took me a little over 30 min to descend but that is with several stops. A couple more rides on this one and you could really rip it. Will ride this one again and look forward to it!! A gorgeous gem!













Customer Service

First off, finding Gibraltar was a challenge and a very long, windy, and exposed drive to the TH. E Camino Cielo was not labeled, but hard to miss as Gibraltar T's with Camino Cielo and you go L at that juncture. TH on L about .3 miles down. Not too hard to shuttle, or after the run you can almost coast all the way down to State street. Very bike friendly town here and probably the best way to get around town too if you are staying on or off State. P.S. Check out Sandbar for their excellent happy hour and fish taco's-some of the best I have had.

Similar Products Used:

Romero Canyon - really pleasant area. Cold Springs, on hit list for next time!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 25, 2009]
Zachariah666
Weekend Warrior

Sadly, due to the Jesusita fire last May, this trail is closed because of hydro-mulching that they are doing with airplanes to attempt to prevent erosion of the area. I think this may affect a few other trails in the area, too, though I'm not sure which ones. All I know is that it is closed until sometime next year, but Jesusita trail remains open. I was saving Tunnel for when I got used to my new bike, and now that I am, I can't ride it! Damn fires...

Similar Products Used:

Jesusita (still open as of mid-September), Snyder (Knapp's Castle), and Romero Canyon. All good in SB!!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 30, 2009]
power2rice
Downhiller

I will keep this review short since there is no need to repeat what others have said. The trail begins where the moto cross play ground is. It quickly becomes very rocky and fun. You cannot use your front brakes on this trail. Simply you don't even need it. The trail itself has rocks hard etched into the ground and the trail itself is not very steep. But the trail layout is a full on rock garden. Towards the middle it calms down for a bit then near the end get ready for the small rock drops. If you know your lines right and ride fast, the rollable rock drops become 4-5 foot drops instead. One section I had gained so much speed I cleared right over another boulder drop barely by inches. But near the end I over jumped one with too much speed and few off the trail and cock ram'd my self into a tree. I was wearing full body armor but my cock was unprotected... Sad to say but I nearly popped by balls, it was purple and numb for 2 weeks. Worst of all it was bleeding after the impact. My biggest advice... wear a cup on this trail. Full speed cock ramming a tree is worst pain I've ever felt in my whole life......

Customer Service

There is only one route.

Similar Products Used:

Arroyo Burro, Jesusita, Cold Springs

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 29, 2009]
david le
Downhiller

I will keep this review short since there is no need to repeat what others have said. The trail begins where the moto cross play ground is. It quickly becomes very rocky and fun. You cannot use your front brakes on this trail. Simply you don't even need it. The trail itself has rocks hard etched into the ground and the trail itself is not very steep. But the trail layout is a full on rock garden. Towards the middle it calms down for a bit then near the end get ready for the small rock drops. If you know your lines right and ride fast, the rollable rock drops become 4-5 foot drops instead. One section I had gained so much speed I cleared right over another boulder drop barely by inches. But near the end I over jumped one with too much speed and few off the trail and cock ram'd my self into a tree. I was wearing full body armor but my cock was unprotected... Sad to say but I nearly popped by balls, it was purple and numb for 2 weeks. Worst of all it was bleeding after the impact. My biggest advice... wear a cup on this trail. Full speed cock ramming a tree is worst pain I've ever felt in my whole life......

Customer Service

There is only one route.

Similar Products Used:

Arroyo Burro, both forks of Cold Springs

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 25, 2007]
Mutha Hucka'
Downhiller

Ok, so the photo pictured is a great section and super knarly at speed. Watch 'Hypnosis' and check out Kirkaldie just kill it! This is by far my favorite trail we have to offer here. Dont believe me..here is an example. Just this past weekend one of the guys in my crew snapped his fork (in two) on the top to mid section of the trail. I have spent numerous dollars on deralliuers and tires on this trail and it only gets better everytime I ride it. Like the reviews say, be careful, but have fun....Tunnel WILL CLAIM your bike or a few body parts. Armor should be worn so you can go to work the following Monday.

ROCKS are the name of the game here kids. Trail has hikers on all sections so be careful. Thin spots on the trail are present from top to bottom. Rocks, drops, off camber, nasty terrain....just what a DH rider ordered. I have ridden with people who have said they will never ride the trail again because it is too crazy. Its about 4 miles from top to bottom of nothing but rocks, drops and exposed cliffs (100' or so ft. and more) dezul43 on you-tube has footage of tunnel so you can check it out before you ride it. When you finish with the trail, follow the road to Rocky Nook park. During the decent on the road, there are PLENTY of fun hips and jump that parallel the road to keep you from getting bored from just doing the best trail in SB.

If you dont have the shakes after you ride it, either you are going too slow, have balls that clank or dont have a pulse because you didnt finish the trail in one piece.

Have fun and wear a bell. Rich people and lawsuits dont mix well.

Similar Products Used:

Whistlers (Original Sin, Dirt Merchant, Too Tight, etc)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 26, 2006]
downhillracer1
Racer

If you are looking for a technical trail tunnel is the one. Tunnel is probly 98% rock and 2% dirt. I live in Santa Barbara and I ride this trail at least once a week if not more. I started out with a hard tail because that was the only bike that I had and it was fine but I highly recommend having a full DH bike. Some things you have to know before you ride this trail is that you have to be AWARE OF HIKERS, Santa Barbara is at risk of losing its trails to hikers! Always Have a BELL to warn hikers. And when the trail ends there is a road and you should be careful there also but other whys have FUN it’s a BLAST!!!! Other trails that are fun in Santa Barbara are:

Cold Springs (go on a weekday! To many hikers on weekend, not even worth it)
Naps (Awesome smooth and super fast! Not as many hikers but remember to bring a bell!)
San Ysidro (Not quite as technical but still fun!)
Jesesita (no shuttle but can hike easily)
Romero (can either shuttle from top of Gibiltar or can ride up)

REMEMBER! Be AWARE of hikers, I don’t want to lose my trails because some careless downhiller killed a hiker. HAVE FUN OUT THERE!

-Will Boucher-

Customer Service

Tunnel: Drive up Gibiltar and when you get to the top there is a water tower on the right and a dirt side on the left. Park on the left and you can get off there. After you get ready ride down the road for about a 1/4 mile (all downhill with fun berms/wall rides) you will see about 4 boulders on the left and that is the trail. Its smooth for a little while so same your energy cause you will need it in about 30 seconds!

Similar Products Used:

mentioned up above

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 01, 2006]
Ojai Bicyclist
Downhiller

The trail begins at the top of Gibralter road and winds its way down towards the SB mission. It's around 4 miles long and it's extremely rocky. I thought I knew rocky but I had no idea. I can't compare it to any other trail's I've ridden (Mammoth, Big Bear, Fontana, ect.) If you like rocky you'll love it. If you're on a hardtail it's do-able but not as good as a full-blown DH rig. There are some fun drops and small jumps, but it's mainly all rocks. Trail access is an issue in this area, so BE NICE TO HIKERS!!! Always yield to them and never get angry. Also, ALWAYS WEAR A BELL so they can hear you coming down the trail. Don't go too fast on blind corners, either.

Customer Service

Drive from downtown SB to Gibralter road and take it to the top. Then get out and ride down and have your shuttle take you back up.

Similar Products Used:

This is the only one I've ridden in SB, but I hear Cold Springs is fun also.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 02, 2005]
IntenseM1rider
Downhiller

This is by far one of the best trails in California. It's very tecnical and will push your abilites to the limits. You can get plenty of speed and plenty of sections that will challange your balance and your other abilites. I highly reccomend this trail. It's extreemly fun and yet tough at the same time. I would defenately reccomend a bike that is full suspension with at least six inches of travel (you'll use it all). Also, if it is your first time then be sure to take someone with you who knows how to get to the trail head because it's rather hidden. This is the one trail that you MUST ride and it will be worth every bit of energy you expend getting to the top!!

Customer Service

Read the first description...he does a good job of describing how to get there. By the way...once you're on the fire road you'll see the trail head on your right hand side. It's sorta hidden and also about 100ft up the fire road.

Similar Products Used:

nope...not yet!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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