Explore the most popular mountain biking trails near Santa Barbara with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Best to do the loop clockwise so you get the beautiful views coming down Old Romero Road. Only problem is that it’s easy to miss the trail going up the canyon — make sure you are checking the app during the first half mile or so from the trailhead and read other people’s reviews. Loved this trail!

A lot of new construction happening. There’s a rope swing on the side that’s fun.

Great area to hike and bring your pup. There is a section to the left of the parking area that is actually not part of the preserve and you can have your dog off leash. I avoid this area in the summer because it is exposed and also at dawn and dusk because of coyotes. Easy hiking and most trails are wide

This trail has a steady ascend and is well marked.
The views at the end are amazing and gives you a great perspective of the entire Santa Barbara.

Fun easy walk with beautiful views of the ocean. Dogs can be off leash in most of the park. Then we headed down on a trail to the beach. Turn left and it’s a dog beach-off leash and you can walk for miles. Few people once past first .5. A winner!

Trail is not closed it is OPEN long hike will kick your butt

Very easily defined trail. It ends at Inspiration Point.

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16 days ago

This hike was very pretty. I loved the summit and exploring the paths and panoramic view of the coast. It is worth every step. For beginner-intermediate hikers, my friend and I took our time going up to the point. There is a good amount of shade along they way. We passed a creek with little water and saw small groups of people frequently. The entire hike was about 6 miles for us. Parking on the side of the streets can be crowded in the weekend.

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19 days ago

Beautiful hike. Can't wait to hit it up again in the Spring when the river gets flowing. The trail is mostly under canopy, well maintained, & clearly marked, making it easy to navigate between the trail & private property. There's also a place to refill your water before you start the real climb in elevation which is helpful if you go through a lot of water like I do. Early AM is the best time to start; as it gets later the trail starts to get quite crowded. In a previous comment someone mentioned bees, & they're right. If you have a severe allergy, use caution because they're unavoidable. Otherwise, the view at the top is gorgeous & completely worth the trek. Have fun!

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19 days ago

The first part of the hike is on a road which is not so nice, but the trail is pretty good to walk on after that. The views at the top are cool!

20 days ago

Nice urban out and back hike. The first half of the trail takes you along a creek lined with big oaks and sycamores, then on a road near a couple of homes. The second half is a bit steeper and leads you up to Inspiration Point. The views of the ocean and Santa Barbara were great (the powerlines, not so much). We were there on a very windy day and didn't stay too long at the top. If you coordinated with a friend/driver, you could in theory take the Jesusita Trail to the top and the Inspiration Point Trail down the other side. I could imagine this being a good place to find wildflowers in the spring. Warning about the parking lot... You almost need a high clearance vehicle to park here. We scraped the bottom of our car pretty severely.

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22 days ago

Beautiful December hike that was 6.53 miles according to our garmin watches. We took the wrong turn (to the left) at the first fork and went up a super steep fire road to the transmission towers but found the tiny trail that is there (it's marked with a stake). The trail took us back down off the ridge to the trail that goes up along the creek (watch for poison oak in places). The creek trail was beautiful and a continuously up for 2 miles; parts were steep but the footing was good. The trail crosses the creek several times but wasn't an issue as there wasn't much water in the creek. Got to the intersection with all the other trails and then headed to the right "towards Bella Vista Road". The old Romero fire road had lots of cyclists but everyone was polite and there is plenty of room to step aside. Road is very exposed so be sure to bring water. Footing was good although there were parts near the bottom that were a little slippery due to it being very dry gravel. The views were great. We would definitely do this hike again. I agree that it should be rated 'hard' if you are going up the creek trail.

Trail is closed until January 14, 2019.

Beautiful views of the ocean, nice place to take a walk or jog in the morning

Super beautiful, especially at sunset

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24 days ago

Pretty views, but there is broken glass everywhere. I would not recommend bringing your dog on this hike.

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24 days ago

Trail isn't marked, and it's easy to make the mistake of going in the wrong direction once you reach the first true fork (see previous review about winding up underneath the power lines; the trail is to the right, the power lines are to the left).

I took the reverse route in order to avoid the wickedly steep climb through the stream valley...phenomenal views of Montecito and the surrounding hills once the trail gets above the valley. It's a healthy climb with full sun until the trail winds back into the interior, where you get a little shade until you're in the back of the canyon. On a Friday afternoon, there were very few people on the trail -- more bikers than hikers.

When you're hiking through the valley, note that the red recorded track on your AllTrails map deviates, sometimes significantly, from the actual trail...especially toward the end (or, if you take a left when you start the trail, toward the beginning)...at a couple of points the recorded track is on the opposite side of the stream gorge, so use your app if you start to lose the trail as it's tough to climb out of the gorge given that there is still a lot of loose Thomas Fire ash under the brush.

Overall, great hike and appropriately characterized as Moderate (especially when you go in reverse).

Love it! I walked it many times. Wear sturdy shoes and use walking sticks. Trail is rough and rocky in places.

Just took my new pup on his first hike here. Easy enough for beginners and stunningly beautiful scenery as well. Santa Barbara never disappoints!

Beautiful cliff views, easy walk, but not for people easily frightened or knocked down by dogs - most dogs are off-leash. To increase cardio intensity, go down and back up the steep beach access trail on the North/Mountain side of the property. If you keep walking at the bottom you can reach public bathrooms, the Boathouse Restaurant, and the Pacific Ocean where there’s yet another off-leash area for dogs.

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1 month ago

very beautiful place just from February to april cuz the creek has water at the time

very easy good hike for cardio and good one for beginners too

I really enjoy bringing my pup here. I see trail runners and hikers and other pups here a lot. Several different trails you can choose from. Moderately trafficked.

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1 month ago

Love this area! It's a great little loop to bring your dog on to play and explore. I do get a little sketched out when dogs go to the edge, since it's a cliff and I've seen a dog get stuck on the cliff. Just be aware of that piece! We typically start at the bottom, parking at Arroyo Burro lot and make our way up. It's a gorgeous, fairly quiet, heavily wooded trail.

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1 month ago

This is a fun hike - pretty easy and mellow for the most part. The parking made it seem like it was going to be crowded, but we didn't really run into anyone here. We brought out pup and she had a blast!

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1 month ago

This is an amazing hike...probably my favorite that I’ve taken! Portions of it are flat and easy while other sections provide some challenge (nothing too intense). The majority of the hike is under canopy which adds to the lushness and cool temperature....all around ideal setting. If you’re looking for an active way to enjoy Santa Barbara for a couple hours I highly recommend hitting this trail.

Took the mountain side, went left at the beginning. Super steep, couldn’t make it the entire loop. It should be rated as hard. I work out 3-5 days a week and would consider myself fit.

Updated from 2 stars to 4: apparently we took the wrong trail last time. Started at the wrong trail head so if you end up by the power antennas you’re on the wrong trail.

This time we took the right path that went along the ocean for a few, circles back a bit into the canyon and saw the dried up waterfall which is probably amazing when there’s water.

We went on a Sunday and there are many mountain bikers. We stepped off the trail to let them pass and they were very friendly. Some warned us more were coming. Most bikers had bells so you could hear them coming. It could be a safety concern as some are going pretty fast downhill.

The trail itself is moderate, only a steep part at the beginning once you’re past that it’s pretty mellow the whole way. It is ~6 miles so plan on 2-3 hours when walking. If you have the time it’s beautiful, highly recommend. I didn’t give it 5 stars due to the crowds but it was on a Sunday.

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1 month ago

BEAUTIFUL views! Limited parking space if you go in the morning.

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1 month ago

Started at the top. There were a couple washed out sections that were sketchy to pass coming down. Trekking poles and grippy shoes helped. The views of the ocean were beautiful! Much of the vegetation shown in the photos is gone from a fire but this opened the view up even more. Trail disappeared once we reached the creek but it was fun to make our own trail along it.

very well maintained trail .. moderate hike very nice views of Santa Barbara worth the hike.. early mornings best

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