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Santa Cruz Trail

Average Rating:    (4.86 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

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.
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Latitude
34.54573169289346
Longitude
-119.77277755737304
Trail Directions
From 101 in Santa Barbara Take highway 154 about 15 min to Paradise Canyon Road. Stop at the Ranger Station and pick up an adventure pass to avoid a ticket. Continue on Paradise Canyon Road and take the branch to Upper Oso Campground. Park off to the side. And start up Buckhorn Fireroad.
Trail Length
18 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Santa Barbara
   


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Review Date
February 3, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: eneff ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Camueasa Connector



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Review Date
November 21, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: kfox527 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Rode the road to happy hollow. Then followed the trail down

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Camuesa Connector, Arroyo Burro



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Review Date
December 2, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: tpoltron ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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!

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Viper neat Santa Clarita, though its really steep rutted and loose.



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Review Date
March 9, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Joey , from Newbury Park

Summary:
For you weekend warriors, this ride is awesome and epic. There are miles and miles of trail, so if you just want to do the 18 mile loop, here's my take:
1)(from Socal)101N-->154-->RIGHT on Paradise Road(it's right after the first big bridge, and it's not paradise 'canyon' road like some other directions say.
2)Drive to Upper Oso camp(there may be an enthusiastic ranger there, so drive 5 mph and park in between the lines.
3)Take Buckhorn trail up approx. 11 miles(uphill only and the steepest portion is the first 2-3 miles. We gunned up the first portion and were sucking big time air the last 8 miles).
4)At the split point, there's a water tower on the left side of the trail. You'll see signs. TAKE THE SHARP LEFT toward Happy Hollow.(We kept going straight and had to do unnessary uphills back to get to the single track).
5)At the split between Upper Oso and Santa Cruz, take the LEFT towards Upper Oso(that is if you want to do the 7.5mi single track everyone's talking about. I don't know where the Santa Cruz trail takes you.
6)Total bike time for us was 3.5 hours with .75 hours of breaks. Both of us finished our 100 oz camel packs, so bring water. I recommend taking it slow on the single track. I tried to power through a portion of the single track where it was straighter and faceplowed when I slammed on the brakes to avoid a snake(my partner really got a kick out of that). The trail has tons of ruts and rocks. A lot of the trail is sketchy. One wrong move and off the cliff you and your bike will go. There are 4-5 trail dirt slide outs where you'll have to carry you bike. Be careful, and when you finish the trail, you'll definitely be high fiving your partner when you complete it.

Recommended Route:
Buckhorn--->Happy Hollow--->Upper Oso 18mi round trip



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Review Date
October 31, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Rick , from Folsom

Summary:
My wife and I did this ride yesterday. WOW......great ride......in fact...I would call this ride at the edge of being EPIC. Why? 1) 7 hours from start to finish. 4:45 hours of riding, probably 30 minutes of pushing and some rest time. 2) Over 1 hour of riding single track with serious, you are going to get hurt if you screw up, "exposure" 3) A sense of being way the heck out in the middle of no where with no hope for help if something goes wrong. 4) The 5 mile downhill at the end of the ride was sweet and tough at the same time. 5) I was exhausted at the end, both mentally and physically. What turns this ride from being great to EPIC is to add about 9 miles from the typical 14 mile loop by riding down to the Santa Cruz camp and then back up the Santa Cruz trail. What has been described previously is riding out on the Buckhorn Road and then back on the Santa Cruz trail. If you add the 9 miles we did, you still get to do the entire Santa Cruz downhill portion, plus a very challenging single track uphill, plus a very, very steep fire road downhill that will test your ability. We both "bit it" on that part. Here is the trick for adding the 9 miles...it is very easy to figure out. When you get to the water tank at about 9 miles (there is no way you could miss it), instead of turning left and going to Happy Hollow and then the Santa Cruz trail, keep going straight for 0.8 miles. Then you will see a fire road with a gate heading up and to the left. You can't miss this. The hill on the other side of the gate is super step and we found it unridable at first, but when you get around the first corner, it becomes ridable. Then you just follow the fire road to the Santa Cruz camp. No turns to worry about...you can't get lost. When you are in the camp, you will find a sign that points to the "upper oso campground" trail. You should cross a creek in about 100 yards from the sign....if you don't...you are going the wrong way. Then just follow the single track up the hill. It is an awesome climb. You should not do this ride unless: you feel good after getting to the water tank and you have been making good time, you don't have a fear of hieghts, you have a partner with you, you have enough time. The map I bought said there was water at Santa Cruz camp, but I looked hard and didn't find water anywhere except in the creek and I didn't have any sort of water treatment equipment.

Recommended Route:
I got a map at the Santa Barbara bike for $2.95. It has a description of the route. The trail head and the trail are really easy to figure out....so the previous descriptions should work for you.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
We rode Romero trail the day before and it was good. We came down San Yisdro (spelling??) and I suspect there probably was a better way of getting down??



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