5 miles
Distance
582 ft
Climb
-3,505 ft
Descent
00:52:31
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Santa Cruz (Little Pine Mountain) Trail

Details

  • Riding Area
    Santa Barbara
    Santa Barbara, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Global Ranking
    #4819 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    10 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

Santa Cruz Trail, also known as Little Pine, is a Santa Barbara back country classic. The upper trail head is near Happy Hollow camp ground at the top of Little Pine Mountain, and the bottom trail head is a short way up the Camuesa OHV road from the Upper Oso camp ground. While some adventurous souls climb the Santa Cruz trail, most continue past the lower trail head and up the OHV road. Take a left at the intersection with Buckhorn road. Next take the cut off to Happy Hollow at the cistern. The trail head is on your right as you arrive in Happy Hollow. It is about 11 miles and 4000 feet of climbing from Upper Oso to the upper trail head.

While overall an intermediate trail, there are sections of extreme exposure and loose shale. The section near the top from Alexander Saddle down to the upper meadow has breathtaking views, but you really don't want to ride off the trail here. And don't be shy about walking areas in the shale slides. Otherwise just hang on for more than 5 miles of single track bliss.

You will often encounter hikers on this trail, so please ride with a bell.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Santa Cruz Trail (Little Pine Mountain) bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,923 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,344 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,352 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,302 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,379 ft
  • Grade max
    -51.037%
  • Grade min
    48.475%
  • Distance climb
    4,164 ft
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,109 ft
  • Avg time
    00:52:31
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Status:
on Aug 26, 2017
Dry
Avg: 5 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • 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
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  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
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      Santa Cruz Trail... Trail Reports

      datedescription
      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!
      Dec 3, 2016 @ 11:41am
      Dec 3, 2016
      Closed due to forest fire
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      Routes with this trail

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      Santa Cruz Trail Loop
      17 miles

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      flag otahally (Nov 30, 2017 at 14:32)
       I went to ride this late November 2017. Upper 2/3’s of the trail is completely overgrown, washed out and desrteoyed by forest fire. Unrideable. Highly recommend to skip this until it’s fixed, if that is a Even feasible.
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