4.0 miles
Distance
471 ft
Climb
-1,602 ft
Descent
00:38:01
Avg time
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Camuesa Connector Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Santa Barbara
    , California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (2 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #35129 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #90920 in Trail Running
  • Local Popularity
    65 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 40 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

This trail is very much the little brother of the nearby Santa Cruz Trail. The trail is shorter, the climb to the trail head is shorter, and while there is one exposed area, it is much less threatening than the Santa Cruz Trail.

Most people ride this as a loop starting from the Lower Oso day use area. You can either take the road or the trail from Lower Oso to Upper Oso campground. From there you take the Camuesa OHV Road to the trail head. It is around 2.5 miles and 1000 ft of climbing from Upper Oso to the trail head. The bottom of the trail crosses the Santa Ynez River and meets up with the road from the Red Rock area. Turn downhill and ride the road back to Lower Oso, about 2.5 miles.

From the trail head you descend through a meadow and into a narrow canyon. This leads to the first of three climbs. And this first one is the toughest, with steeply climbing switch backs. The descents between the climbs are fun and flowy on relatively smooth single track. The rest of the climbs are short and a nice break from descending through the chaparral.

This trail is sometimes used by horses from the nearby Rancho Oso, so please ride with a bell.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Camuesa Connector bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,130 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,060 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,307 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,195 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,066 ft
  • Grade
    -5.4%
  • Grade max
    -53.8%
  • Grade min
    45.5%
  • Distance climb
    4,757 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,375 ft
  • Avg time
    00:38:01
  • Avg reverse time
    01:01:46
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on Nov 10, 2021
Dry
Avg: 4.55 (7 votes)
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      Camuesa Connector Trail Reports

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      Nov 10, 2021 @ 4:21pm
      Nov 10, 2021
      Recent work on the trail. Berms and brushing completed. Running awesome. Thanks SAGE!
      Jul 17, 2021 @ 8:36am
      Jul 17, 2021
      getting a bit overgrown in sections
      Mar 28, 2021 @ 8:46am
      Mar 28, 2021
      tree has been removed
      Mar 20, 2021 @ 10:21am
      Mar 20, 2021
      Tree down after the last corner of the second downhill. Behind a blind corner so a bit sketchy.
      Jan 8, 2021 @ 8:49am
      Jan 8, 2021
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 3 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 71 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
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      • 519 rides
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      Dec 7, 2020 @ 10:49am
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      Apr 24, 2019 @ 6:27pm
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      Routes with this trail

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      19 Oaks to Camuesa12 miles

      5 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      getsomesy (Jul 24, 2017 at 20:51)
       it has been overgrown by grass this spring, and doubtful that it has been cleared back. a couple small washouts. otherwise in good condition.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      Toryt7 (Jan 30, 2018 at 23:08)
       Trail is in great shape and fully passable.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      richnuthouse (Jan 24, 2019 at 19:04)
       OSO canyon road closed at river. River is high and strong flow. Abandoned ride.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Littlefish77 (Apr 6, 2019 at 20:24)
       Trail is pretty good shape. Lots of grass and other growth due to all the rain but still plenty good for a day out. Some sneaky PO to watch out for. River is still high and you have to wade across it at the start and end of the ride. Worth the effort.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      vusao (Nov 17, 2020 at 8:20)
       Trail is in good condition. Wasn't majorly affected by recent fires. Creeks and the Santa Ynez river are bone dry, ditto for the trail. The entire loop feels like an awesome XC trail, bring lots of water!
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      Camuesa Connector Trail -MTB- Santa Barbara, CA
      22:03 | 12 | Apr 17, 2022 , Santa Barbara
      Shredding Camuesa Trail - 21 Feb 2021
      15:48 | 140 | Feb 28, 2021 , Santa Barbara
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      57 | Nov 11, 2020 , Santa Barbara
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