5.2 miles
Distance
582 ft
Climb
-3,505 ft
Descent
00:49:23
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Santa Cruz (Little Pine Mountain) Trail

  • USFS
    Land Manager

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Santa Barbara
    , California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #4819 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    35 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
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Santa Cruz Trail (Little Pine Mountain) bike trail 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
    00:49:23
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Status:
on Mar 28, 2021
Dry
Avg: 4.4 (5 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Santa Cruz Trail... Trail Reports

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      Mar 28, 2021 @ 5:41pm
      Mar 28, 2021
      Someone has been doing some trail work up there. Looks good, still needs some work. A bit of hike a bike,but passable and 95%+ passable while riding
      Mar 28, 2021 @ 6:45am
      Mar 28, 2021
      Jun 20, 2020 @ 6:11pm
      Jun 20, 2020
      Not ridable. Didn’t have enough service to see previous comments, and there are not signs stating it’s closed that we saw on either end....
      Feb 3, 2020 @ 8:51am
      Feb 3, 2020
      reporter Officially closed by USFS because of high risk exposure, washouts, and slides
      Mar 11, 2019 @ 2:59am
      Mar 11, 2019
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 21 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 22 rides
      • 22 miles avg distance
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      • 42 rides
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      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Santa Cruz Trail Loop
      17 miles

      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      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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      Matthewmako (Aug 8, 2020 at 11:09)
       August 8th deer hunting opener... at least one hundred hunters on trails early am today. Off highway vehicles and firearms galore. Wear orange if you are gonna head out so you don’t get shot accidentally.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      DentonRamsey (May 24, 2021 at 20:01)
       Is this rideable now? Any updates?
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      shreddedWheat (May 31, 2021 at 22:42)
       I haven't ridden it lately but I spoke with someone from the Sage Trail Alliance last week. He said that the trail is open and rideable. Apparently they've put a ton of work into rebuilding it.
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      Little Pine Loop - 1 of 2 - Santa Barbara -...
      661 | Apr 11, 2016 , Santa Barbara
      Little Pine Loop - 2 of 2 - Santa Barbara -...
      506 | Apr 11, 2016 , Santa Barbara
      Santa Cruz Trail – Santa Barbara, CA
      24:13 | 218 | Dec 9, 2014 , Santa Barbara
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