5 miles
582 ft
-3,505 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Santa Cruz (Little Pine Mountain) Trail


  • Riding area
    Santa Barbara
    Santa Barbara, California
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Global Ranking
  • 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.

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More Stats for Santa Cruz Trail (Little Pine Mountain) 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
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4,164 ft
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,109 ft
  • Avg time
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on Aug 26, 2017
Avg: 5 (3 votes)

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Santa Cruz Trail... Trail Reports

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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Aug 12, 2016 @ 4:01pm
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