16.8 miles
4,215 ft
-4,218 ft
4,380 ft
High Point

Great loop with a tough fire road climb up to one of the best ST descents in Southern California. Follow Little Pine Mountain FR to Happy Hollow CG where you meet up with Santa Cruz Trail. Serious exposure on the descent. Great views throughout. Other than the exposure, the descent is mostly intermediate level, without any of the serious rock gardens present on the Santa Barbara front country trails like Tunnel, Cold Springs, and Jesusita. Hardtails are welcome on this route.

Local Trail Association
Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers (www.sbmtv.org)
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Trails in Route


  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
More Stats for Santa Cruz Trail Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,186 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,199 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,196 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    9.7 miles
  • Distance down
    6.5 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,670 ft
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Santa Cruz Trail – Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Cruz Trail – Santa Barbara, CA
24:13 | 113 | comments: 0 | favs:
Dec 9, 2014
The Santa Cruz Trail takes a little work to get to but it’s really fun coming down. It was a little muddy that day as you can tell by the mud...

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