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Tunnel Trail

Average Rating:    (4.64 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 45

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.
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Latitude
37.1252862849668
Longitude
-129.111328125
Trail Directions
From the101 in Santa Barbara take Mission street exit and head to the mountains. Follow Mission past the SB mission to the 192. Turn right, then take Mission canyon road to tunnel road. Park as high up as possible if shuttling this ride (recommended). Then take the other car back to 192. Turn left and follow it to a resivior. Turn left at the resivior to get to Gibralter Road. Gibralter road goes 10 mi. to East Camino Ciello Road. Make a left and head down about a1/4 mi. to a motocrossy playground. The Tunnel trail is at the back of the area.
Trail Length
4 miles, @3,200' descent
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Santa Barbara
   


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Review Date
October 7, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Miguel ,  Downhiller

Summary:
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



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Review Date
June 12, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: tls36 ,  Downhiller

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Romero Canyon if you like to climb.



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Review Date
September 25, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Zachariah666 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Jesusita (still open as of mid-September), Snyder (Knapp's Castle), and Romero Canyon. All good in SB!!



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Review Date
July 30, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: power2rice ,  Downhiller

Summary:
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......

Recommended Route:
There is only one route.

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



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Review Date
January 25, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Mutha Hucka' ,  Downhiller

Summary:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Whistlers (Original Sin, Dirt Merchant, Too Tight, etc)



Comments
dezul43 (02/13/2007)
this is a video clip of me breaking my forks at tunnel .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH4LVZ7cYi0
cr_mmurillo (02/14/2007)
OMG, That video is crazy. Does the armor help a lot? I've fallen before and it hurt like a mofo. What kind(brand) of body protection or armor do you have?
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