17 miles
Distance
4,199 ft
Climb
-4,202 ft
Descent
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.

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Details

  • AKA
    Little Pine Loop
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    10
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
    -0.003%
  • Grade max
    -52.645%
  • Grade min
    80.054%
  • Distance climb
    10 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,758 ft
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Trail transparency
      3,612 | 6 comments | 32 faves
      Santa Cruz Trail – Santa Barbara, CA
      Santa Cruz Trail – Santa Barbara, CA
      24:13 | 143 | 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...

      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      traildateconditiondescription
      Santa Cruz Trail (Little Pine Mountain)
      Aug 26, 2017 @ 10:28am
      Aug 26, 2017
      Still closed and in need of a ton of work. Want to help? Look up SBMTV and join in!
      more reports »
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