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Recommended Routes in Los Padres National Forest - 14

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Favorite Cistern overlook where the fire road meets Camino Cielo. Trail continues to the right where the paved road turns to dirt again and is a steep hike-a-bike up.
Difficult

Romero Loop

10.2 mi 16.5 km 2,366' Up 721.14 m Up 2,364' Down 720.68 m Down

Summerland, CA
Favorite Lots of people climb the road, but going up the singletrack is lovely and not too challenging.
Intermediate

Mount Pinos Loop

14.9 mi 24.0 km 2,368' Up 721.69 m Up 2,365' Down 720.76 m Down

Pine Mo…, CA
Favorite Camuesa connector upper trailhead on a sunny winter morning.
Intermediate/Difficult

Camuesa Connector Loop

10.6 mi 17.0 km 1,559' Up 475.12 m Up 1,558' Down 474.74 m Down

Mission…, CA
Favorite creek crossing
Difficult

Jesusita Out and Back

6.8 mi 10.9 km 1,323' Up 403.18 m Up 1,323' Down 403.19 m Down

Mission…, CA
Favorite Starting the Tequepis descent.
Difficult

Tequepis Trail

7.8 mi 12.5 km 2,325' Up 708.51 m Up 2,324' Down 708.25 m Down

Santa Ynez, CA
Favorite Dropping into the 'horse trough' about halfway up Gridley. This shady spot is a good place to rest and regroup before the switchbacks start.
Difficult

Nordhoff Peak via Gridley Trail

14.3 mi 23.1 km 3,295' Up 1004.33 m Up 3,294' Down 1003.99 m Down

Ojai, CA
Favorite Turn towards Lower McMenemy at the Girard/McMeney intersection.
Intermediate/Difficult

Girard/McMenemy DH

1.4 mi 2.2 km 45' Up 13.85 m Up 751' Down 228.82 m Down

Montecito, CA
Favorite Although not as steep as at the beginning, still a tough climb!
Difficult

Sisar Canyon - Red Reef Loop

17.8 mi 28.7 km 3,710' Up 1130.87 m Up 3,713' Down 1131.68 m Down

Ojai, CA
Favorite Fogged-in Oak forest
Difficult

Prewitt Ridge DH

3.7 mi 6.0 km 0' Up 0.15 m Up 3,077' Down 937.83 m Down

King City, CA

Los Padres National Forest Biking

  • 539 Miles 867 Kilometers of Trail
  • 15 Recommended Routes
  • 23 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 67 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 18 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Los Padres National Forest - 92

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1.2 mi 1.9 km #1Shooters
Intermediate/Difficult
San Luis Obispo, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
San Luis Obispo, CA 15 
3.9 mi 6.3 km #2Camuesa Connector Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Mission Canyon, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Mission Canyon, CA
5.9 mi 9.4 km #3McGill Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Pine Mountain Club, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Pine Mountain Club, CA 18 
1.3 mi 2.1 km #4Lower Romero
Difficult
Summerland, CA
Difficult
Summerland, CA 16 
14.9 mi 24.0 km #5Nordhoff Ridge Road
Difficult
Ojai, CA
Difficult
Ojai, CA
0.2 mi 0.3 km #6Flying Ewok
Intermediate/Difficult
San Luis Obispo, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
San Luis Obispo, CA 10 
5.9 mi 9.6 km #7Gridley Trail (22W05)
Difficult
Ojai, CA
Difficult
Ojai, CA
1.1 mi 1.7 km #8North Pinos View
Easy
Pine Mountain Club, CA
Easy
Pine Mountain Club, CA
2.0 mi 3.2 km #9San Antonio Creek Trail
Intermediate
Mission Canyon, CA
Intermediate
Mission Canyon, CA 16 
4.7 mi 7.6 km #10Murietta Divide Trail
Difficult
Carpinteria, CA
Difficult
Carpinteria, CA

Photos of Los Padres National Forest - 143

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Lots of people climb the road, but going up the singletrack is lovely and not too challenging.
Sep 16, 2019 near Pine Mo…, CA
Cistern overlook where the fire road meets Camino Cielo. Trail continues to the right where the paved road turns to dirt again and is a steep hike-a-bike up.
Oct 22, 2015 near Summerland, CA
McGill Trail at Mt. Pinos Loop.
Sep 4, 2019 near Pine Mo…, CA
Killer views from the climb up Romero Road
Apr 15, 2013 near Summerland, CA
Great views on this trail
May 20, 2018 near Pine Mo…, CA
Riding across the ridge towards the top of the Romero singletrack
Apr 15, 2013 near Summerland, CA
Camuesa Trail, Santa Barbara CA
Feb 2, 2021 near Mission…, CA
Dropping into the 'horse trough' about halfway up Gridley. This shady spot is a good place to rest and regroup before the switchbacks start.
May 15, 2017 near Ojai, CA