2 miles
Distance
267 ft
Climb
-2,172 ft
Descent
00:24:17
Avg time

Romero Canyon Details

  • Riding Area
    Romero Canyon
    Santa Barbara, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    All Year
  • Global Ranking
    #13090 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    15 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 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, 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!

Local Trail Association
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
    00:24:17
  • Avg reverse time
    00:01:16
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Status:
on Oct 25, 2018
Very Dry
Avg: 4.65 (6 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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  • Uphill Only
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Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • 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 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
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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      Romero Canyon Trail Reports

      datedescription
      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.
      Jul 4, 2018 @ 9:00am
      Jul 4, 2018
      reporter The single track below the fire road is open again! Go ride it!
      Jan 7, 2018 @ 10:04pm
      Jan 7, 2018
      Burned in the Thomas Fire. Closed until further notice.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      Mar 25, 2014 @ 11:12am
      Mar 25, 2014
      Romero Canyon, Santa Barbara

      2 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]

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