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Santa Cruz Trail

 4.3 (4)

4.5 Miles 7.3 Kilometers


Singletrack

35' 11 m

Ascent

-2,662' -811 m

Descent

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

28%

Max Grade (15°)

3,973' 1,211 m

High

1,345' 410 m

Low

Shared By Kevin Fox

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Some of the sweetest, most consistent singletrack around!

Kevin Fox

This has been hidden from our maps to prevent overlap with existing trails, or because our research has found there is no legal access.

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This trail is currently closed due to significant slide damage and high-risk hike-a-bike conditions.

Description

The Santa Cruz trail heads south from Alexander saddle. The trail begins by heading down through a series of steep meadows. There is little to obscure your view but the exposure is quite significant. After a few miles, the trail changes character and encounters a couple rocky technical sections culminating in a series of shale slides.

Once the slides are navigated, the trail winds and twists deeper into the canyon. It is easy to miss the junction on the left with the 19 Oaks Train. As the angle eases the fun continues. A few rocky sections, and some tread balanced precariously on the canyon wall, end suddenly as the Big Pine/Buckhorn road is met.

You'll be wishing the trail was twice as long!

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Apr 7, 2016
Ben Norman
May 16, 2015
Ken Johnson
Initial challenge is exposure on the right. Not the place for a mistake. The trail is immensely rewarding. The views are amazing.

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  4.3 from 4 votes

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Mike Tarpey
Santa Barbara, CA
Mike Tarpey   Santa Barbara, CA
best ridden as a loop from Upper Oso parking lot heading up buckhorn fire-road, hanging a left at the water tower, down to happy hollow campground and crossing over the OHV gate up to the lop of Little Pine.. its all down hill from there! Jul 23, 2014
larry s
west hills (LA)
larry s   west hills (LA)
As of May 9, 2017, the awesome Santa Cruz trail is "closed until further notice". It got hammered in the Spring deluge and is currently closed due to major slides. goo.gl/Ih1ooC Also, the whole Santa Ynez valley is now under "new mgmt", the Parks Management for the Forest Service, and each day visit will cost you $10. Adventure Passes no longer accepted. May 9, 2017

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