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Camuesa Connector

Average Rating:    (4.13 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 23

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.
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Latitude
34.48915528599531
Longitude
-119.794921875
Trail Directions
From 101 in SB head up 154. After 15-20 min youll reach Paradise Canyon Road (PCR). Have your Los Padres Forest Adventure Day Pass ($5) ready, pick one up at a liquor store. Head down PCR about 10 min. till you reach the turn off for Upper Oso. Park and Ride
Trail Length
13 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Santa Barbara
   


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Review Date
November 30, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Doug Hagensen ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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!



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Review Date
December 19, 2011

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: eric s ,  Downhiller

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.



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Review Date
July 1, 2011

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Feldybikes ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tunnel trail was fun.



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Review Date
November 26, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: theugliest ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Well documented already, hard to miss.



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Review Date
February 3, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: eneff ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.



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