2.6 miles
376 ft
-2,276 ft
Avg time

Romero Canyon Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    All Year
  • Global Ranking

The top half of the singletrack is very loose and off camber with some tight switchbacks. Once you cross the Romero Canyon fire road you get some fast hard packed trail to the first switchback, another fast section to the second switchback then its pretty much a rock garden the rest of the way. A few creek crossings and short punchy climbs with a few short smooth flowy bits in the mix. The best way to get to the top is to follow the fire road all the way up, the top half of the actual trail can be hard to find above East Camino Cielo but if you stand on top of the old cement water tower base and look south east you can see it. CAUTION there are a lot of hikers that use this trail and fire road. Pick up a bell from a shop in town, the bell boxes at the trail head almost never have bells in them. They are generally under $10 & proceeds go to the local IMBA chapter who do an amazing job of maintaining trails in SB.

Access Info

From the 101 take the Sheffield Drive exit, follow Sheffield to East Valley Rd. Make a left and then the first right onto Romero Canyon Rd. that will curve right to stay on Romero. Follow it up to Bella Vista, take a right, go a little less than half a mile and look for parking, make sure you park completely off the pavement, there are a few small turnouts or the driveway for the Romero Canyon fire road as long as you don't block the gate!

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More Stats for Romero Canyon mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,900 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,170 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,070 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,070 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,170 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,940 ft
  • Distance down
    2.2 miles
  • Distance flat
    323 ft
  • Avg time
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on Oct 10, 2016
Very Dry
Avg: 4.75 (4 votes)

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Romero Canyon Trail Reports

Oct 10, 2016 @ 6:59pm
Oct 10, 2016
Upper DH section has some super soft and slide out sections that you have to walk.
Aug 6, 2016 @ 3:21pm
Aug 6, 2016
Dry and loose
Jan 1, 2016 @ 8:45pm
Jan 1, 2016
Top part is loose as usual. Water in creek
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1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag austinbenge (Dec 17, 2015 at 15:43)
 Really enjoyed this epic downhill. It was so nice to be shuttled to the top by SB fit tours and Pual the guide made the ride down very enjoyable.

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