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Romero Canyon

Average Rating:    (4.24 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 17

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.
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Latitude
34.490711650881
Longitude
-119.68952178955078
Trail Directions
Take East Valley Rd. East if coming from Santa Barbara up to Ladera Ln., continue up to the top and take a left, continue down the windy road to the bend where there is a locked gate at the enterance to the fire road.
Trail Length
7 miles or so
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Santa Barbara
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Review Date
July 21, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: CFStewie ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Elings Park - easy laps but right on the ocean and fun.
Tunnel Trail/Jesusita - similar to the Romero Canyon singletrack downhill.



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Review Date
October 11, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: stillclimbing ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tunnel Road Cataway . More firebreak, more ocean views.



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Review Date
July 28, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Zachariah666 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Jesusita, Cold Springs, Tunnel



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Review Date
May 29, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jonecat@hotmail.com ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.



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Review Date
November 14, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: rsmarg ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Romero Road up to Camino Cielo, down Romero Trail.



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