2 miles
Distance
267 ft
Climb
-2,172 ft
Descent
00:24:00
Avg time

Romero Canyon Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Romero Canyon
    Santa Barbara, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    All Year
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #13090 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    20 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking

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, or use one from the trailhead bell box. If empty please notify SBMTV bells@sbmtv.org.

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!

More Stats for Romero Canyon bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,905 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,166 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,071 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,071 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,166 ft
  • Grade
    -14.849%
  • Grade max
    -63.659%
  • Grade min
    70.206%
  • Distance climb
    1,552 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    267 ft
  • Avg time
    00:24:00
  • Avg reverse time
    00:01:16
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Status:
on Jun 9, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4.65 (8 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Romero Canyon Trail Reports

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      Jun 9, 2019 @ 9:56am
      Jun 9, 2019
      Initial creek crossing at the first bridge wash out is hike a bike. Other than that, the climb to the singletrack intersection is more fun and a...
      Feb 21, 2019 @ 8:17am
      Feb 21, 2019
      Rode the second half of trail from mid fire road. Initially fun. Quickly leads to gulf like creek crossings. Erosion has washed away clear...
      Oct 25, 2018 @ 10:41am
      Oct 25, 2018
      Jul 15, 2018 @ 9:52am
      Jul 15, 2018
      Lower trail is back open thanks to the hard work of the Santa Barbara Mountains bike Trail Volunteers. It is very dry and a few creek crossings...
      Jul 5, 2018 @ 8:19pm
      Jul 5, 2018
      Only the bottom half is open. Upper half is closed until further notice.
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 11 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 119 rides
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      Jun 20, 2019 @ 10:42pm
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      Jun 20, 2019 @ 10:41pm
      Jun 20, 2019

      8 Reviews & 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Luis0124 (Oct 10, 2017 at 13:24)
       Just ride it already
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Karlosb10 (Jan 28, 2019 at 8:12)
       This is a black diamond? Looks like a green circle to me.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag gnarwahl (Jun 9, 2019 at 10:59)
       Romero is in great shape right now, considering the debris flow after the Thomas Fire. More flow than before, but still challenging and fun. The climb up has become a but more interesting too. Kudos to those who have taken the time to resuscitate one of SB's best trails!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag pcvagabond (Jun 20, 2019 at 22:36)
       Mostly a green to blue flow trail with short rocky sections that might border on black. Worth the fire road climb.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag DCast89 (Aug 10, 2019 at 22:40)
       Epic downhill and easily accessible in Santa Barbara doorstep. I did the whole 6.7+ Mile climb (plus, because u still have to ride over to the start of the downhill) and 2.4mile descent. Lots of fun, but if I was to do it again I’d stop the climb at the 4 mile mark and do the second part of the descent. Riding to the top was just not worth climb for the quality of the downhill in that section ( loose narrow pumus/gravel trail, with high consequence on the outside shoulder). However the second part of the descend is super riding!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Nschiele (Sep 13, 2019 at 8:33)
       Trail is closed, fenced off at end of Camino Cielo asphalt for “fire restoration “. Maybe a way around?
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag Donikimi (Sep 24, 2019 at 21:35)
       I am not sure if this trail is actually more difficult than Jesusita, but...I felt that Romero has more "scary" factors and higher consequences.
      [Reply]

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