4.0 miles
Distance
471 ft
Climb
-1,602 ft
Descent
00:40:32
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 (3 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
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Owner

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 multi-use 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
    00:40:32
  • Avg reverse time
    00:51:33
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      Camuesa Connector Trail Reports

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      Nov 21, 2023 @ 9:15pm
      Nov 21, 2023
      So good!!
      Oct 31, 2023 @ 6:53am
      Oct 31, 2023
      reporter
      Fully brushed by sage trail alliance - riding like a dream, just in time for temperatures to be cooling off. Enjoy! Please consider a donation to...
      Sep 19, 2023 @ 8:31pm
      Sep 19, 2023
      Overgrown but rideable. A few sections of the trail have been washed away.
      Jul 2, 2023 @ 7:54pm
      Jul 2, 2023
      Way too overgrown to enjoy. A couple of sections are blown out and rutted, but this really needs brushwork. Would not recommend riding until then.
      May 31, 2023 @ 7:05pm
      May 31, 2023
      Extremely overgrown. Not fun at all. The river at the end is waist-high.
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