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 min1,344 ft
Altitude max4,352 ft
Altitude start4,302 ft
Altitude end1,379 ft
Distance climb4,164 ft
Distance down4 miles
Distance flat2,109 ft
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Routes with this trail
|Santa Cruz Trail Loop||17 miles|
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