5.2 miles
Distance
83 ft
Climb
-3,049 ft
Descent
01:03:49
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  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Santa Barbara
    , California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
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  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #44701 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #57086 in Trail Running
  • Local Popularity
    30 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Owner

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.

Disclaimer

Wear a bell to let other trail users know you're coming. Mountain bike access hinges on respecting other trail users.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Santa Cruz Trail (Little Pine Mountain) multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,966 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,327 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,346 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,309 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,342 ft
  • Grade
    -10.9%
  • Grade max
    -72.8%
  • Grade min
    12.6%
  • Distance climb
    2,087 ft
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,335 ft
  • Avg time
    01:03:49
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      Santa Cruz Trail... Trail Reports

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      Apr 23, 2024 @ 3:29pm
      11 hours
      Trail is quite trashed from 2024 rains, with many washouts. There is a rope to help you across the steepest/worst washout. Check river flow rate...
      Feb 15, 2024 @ 6:09am
      Feb 15, 2024
      Major erosion (major ruts or slumping, large boulders and roots exposed due to erosion). Missing section of trail. There is a rope to help you...
      Sep 5, 2023 @ 3:51am
      Sep 5, 2023
      Closed due to winter storm damage
      May 14, 2022 @ 1:40pm
      May 14, 2022
      It was super overgrown and really quite dangerous. I was out there three weeks ago and while the climb on the fire road was nice the downhill was...
      Apr 30, 2022 @ 10:21pm
      Apr 30, 2022
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      • Last: Mar 18, 2024

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