San Ysidro - Trail, Santa Barbara, California

San Ysidro - Trail, Santa Barbara, California

DESCRIPTION

Sweet. This trail is amazing. Very fast with tight switch backs. Towards the bottom there is a section with a handrail on the outside and big steps! ohh yeah its wet from a nearby spring. There is a great swimming hole off to the side about 2 miles down. Watch out for hikers, be nice, this trail is in threat of closure! Also watch out for the chain across the fireroad at the bottom, it could be a bloody mess if forgotten.

USER REVIEWS

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[May 25, 2009]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

Just rode the trail on May 20, 2008. Bit overgrown with one bushy tree lying accross the trail about 1 mile down. The trail is getting sketch in some zones but overall its the same as always. I rode up Romero to get here as I believe East Camino Cielo is closed from the Jesusita fire. The stream is flowing nicely and the swimming hole after the stair section looks really nice.

Customer Service

Top to bottom

Similar Products Used:

Romero - even though ploughed for fire line, it isn't as soft as it was when they ploughed it for the Gap fire and is rideable all the way to the top with no problems.

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4
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3
[Jan 25, 2007]
Anonymous
Downhiller

This trail is has been newly brushed back for optimum ridability. The tope section is washy, heavily deep dust ball desending off camber corners. This trail is so fun I have a chubby just writing about it. This trail combines the type of 'Cold Spring' riding (top) and Tunnel riding (on the lower section.) There are a lot of great techy spots on the trail but my favorite section of the trail is where the stair section starts (you cant miss it) all the way to the bottom. We like rocks here in SB and cant get enough of them. There are three 1' foot steps that lead you to ROCKS all the way down.

It can be 'done' with a 6in or less bike, but what fun is that??? Go 7in or better and have the best time in your life. It is very fast and very dangerous. The are blind corners (3), that will lead you to 100ft. plus drops the will end you so be careful. People have been Heli-vacted off this trail because of the way it is set up. You can go to You-tube and check out some footage by dezul43 to get an idea of what I am talking about. All in all, the way the trail is groomed, i highy suggest ripping this one. Wear a bell and be courtious to the locals, its all we got and we dont want it ruined because people cant yield to hikers.

If your new to DH, go to Romero trail, you'll have more fun.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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4
[Aug 05, 2004]
colleran
Cross Country Rider

I've been riding up Romero Canyon Trail then across Gibralter Rd. then down San Ysidro. The climb is about 8 miles (1.5hrs) and the views are beautiful. The downhill is about 4 miles. The first half of the downhill is on loose terrain and the second half is thru intermittent rock gardens. Great ride...and better the second time knowing what to expect. Put your seat down before you descend. Go easy on skidding the rear wheel...its best to avoid it as much as you can. Some hikers and bikers have an adversarial relationship over this trail and many others on the front range. I've noticed on occassion a pissed off attitude from hikers when we cross paths even when I had pulled over completely and yielded right of way...and I did not fly up on them at a high rate of speed. The reality is that the trails are shared land. Bikers should be sensitive to hikers and horses and an alliance between all trail users should be formed. Great trail!

Customer Service

Up Romero left on Gibralter left on San Ysidro

Similar Products Used:

Romero, Jesusita, Backbone, Sycamore Canyon...

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 07, 2004]
SomeGuy
Downhiller

BEST TRAIL IN SANTA BARBARA. thats really all i need to write here. Goggles are a must on this trail. the top is extremely dusty, and very fast. If you dont have goggles make sure no one is riding in front of you, theres some pretty sketchy switchbacks through out the top half then towards the bottom it gets rocky, if you take the rockiest part of this trail thats what tunnel is like but the whole way. then theres some fireroad at the bottom, its a NIICEEE trail its average is like a half hour to get down.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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4
[Oct 11, 1999]
Anonymous

This trail is beautiful. From full scenic views on Camino Cielo, leading to smooth bermed singletrack, fallign further, and plunging into miles of shady rock gardens, where one prays for full suspension.

I rode this trail on my hardtail Cannondale, with headshock, and was fine. Full suspension would be nice, but the hardtail keeps you honest. Very fun, very challenging trail.

Customer Service

Ride up Romero Canyon to Camino Cielo, then drop into San Ysidro Canyon.

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5
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 03, 2001]
Anonymous

Fun! top 2/3 of trail is slippery dusty bermed singletrack with many high speed sections and fun turns. Last 1/3 is rocky and fast with turns, small drops and other miscelaneous treats. Ride fast and wear a bell, some hikers are present but not as much as other trails in this area.

Customer Service

Shuttle Route: Drive up Gibralter Road, Right on E. Camino Cielo, trail head is 4 miles down on right side, and then ride down this puppy.
XC Route: Ride up Romero Canyon to E. Camino Cielo, take a left, go 1.5 miles and you will see trailhead on your left, then ride down this puppy.

Similar Products Used:

Romero Canyon and Jesusita Trail. Ride Tunnel if you like the rocks!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[May 17, 2001]
Anonymous

Very fast at the top, awesome burmed corners, words cannot describe this trail well enough. A hardtail works fine, even mine that had no braking power, lots of fun! This trail taught me how to ride turns and keep traction. The end is fun but rocky and treacherous when it is wet and you are tired, may want to walk it, but still fun. As always watch for hikers and be nice to them, at least say hi. Take a bell with you. Have fun.

Customer Service

go up gibraltar

Similar Products Used:

Jesusita, Romero, Tunnel, Cold springs, and a new trail at friendship park(no name) email me for directions

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 06, 2002]
Anonymous

Santa Barbara Trail Information

The Santa Barbara front country trails (Tunnel, ColdSprings, etc.) are in danger of being closed to mountain bikes. Recent events, which include irresponsible trail use by mountain bikers and the sabotage or booby trapping of trails by a group of anti-bicyclists are the grounds for these closures. Both of these events have gained the attention of the Forest Service and the media.

If you ride here in Santa Barbara, there are some responsible use guidelines that we need you to follow. Your actions are judged by the other trail users and your actions will either help keep the trails open or help shut down your privilege to ride them.

Trail Use Guidelines:
- The Santa Barbara trails are Public Multi-use recreational trails. Be aware that there are other users on the trail. The SB trails are NOT race courses, do not treat them or ride them like race courses.
- Always yield to other trail users. This means that you must come to a complete stop when encountering another trail user. Ask the other trail user to pass by or allow you to pass when it is safe for them.
- Always use a bike bell. The purpose of a bike bell is to alert other trail users to your presence and take the surprise factor out of your encounter with them. The bell does not give you right of way or the license to race. Bells are available in the bell box at the top of Tunnel trail, at local SB bike shops, and at your local hardware or feed store.
- Stay on designated trails. Do not shortcut switchbacks. Someone in the hiking community has been damaging our Los Padre Forest resources by cutting and opening illegal trails. Do your best to stay off these trails. The trails at the end of the powerline road off of ColdSprings and the trail off of the lower right hand switchback of ColdSprings are examples of illegal trails.
- Allow trails to dry for a few days after rain. Riding wet or muddy trails may enhance and exaggerate the erosion caused by water.
- Strengthen the trails that you ride and use, volunteer for trail maintenance events. Find upcoming maintenance events on the www.sbmtv.org website.
* This may sound like a lot, but it only takes a little effort

!The trails are being sabotaged!
For the last number of months, someone has been rolling large boulders onto the trails. Now in addition, 2 to 3 high rock walls are being built across the trail. Both the boulders and the walls seem to be placed on the trail with intent to injure mountain bike riders. We are worried that these booby traps may escalate to wire or more dangerous traps. Be careful going into blind corners as one of these booby traps may be set there for you. Be sure to scan the trail bed ahead for these traps. A small number of riders have already been injured.


The Forest Service has called together a Front Country Working Group to address these issues. SBMTV is cooperating with the other user groups in this process to develop solutions for increased user safety and the reduction of user conflicts on the Santa Barbara trails.

Chris Orr
VP Trails, SBMTV
[email protected]
www.sbmtv.org

*Your posts to these trail review sites are being reviewed by the anti-bicyclist crowd. How do I know? Because they are using direct quotes from these reviews as ammunition in the push to ban bikes on SB trails

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5
VALUE
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[Dec 10, 2002]
Anonymous

Long, ugly 10 mile climb rewarded with about 3.5 feeble miles of singletrack, the last .5 of which is a boulder field. Then it's 7 miles back to where the car is parked on Gibralter.
If you must ride in this area, bring a roadbike.

Customer Service

Leave your bike at home and go have coffee.

Similar Products Used:

none

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1
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[Jun 08, 2003]
Anonymous

Guidelines to new mountain bikers in this area and visiting mountain bikers:

1. Learn proper trail etiquette this means yielding to any person coming up the trail(even other mountain bikers), yielding to hikers and equestrians by slowing down and allowing them to pass safely
2. Always keep yourself in control- dont be a kook
3. Do not skid around corners- you are not 7 years -old on your bmx anymore
4. Do not cut new trails- we work hard to maintain our forests
5. Do not ride directly after it rained this speeds erosion and kills your drivetrain anyway.
6. Do not cause a hostile environment on our trails local hikers and equestrians are typically the wealthy landowners that have a bigger political voices than we do If we piss them off, they have way more ability to take away our rights to ride local trails.
7. Do ride within your limits
8. Do be courteous to all trail users
9. Do enter and leave our trails in the exact way you want others to enjoy them
10. If you dont understand the point I am making, dont ride in this area you are not welcome.

Customer Service

Ride up Romero and over to San Ysidro - don't shuttle

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4
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