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Camuesa Conector Loop

 13 votes


10.6 Miles 17.0 Kilometers




1,559' 475 m


-1,558' -475 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (14°)

2,302' 702 m


1,005' 306 m



All Clear 35 days ago
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The best mid length loop in the Santa Ynez River area.

Kevin Fox


A National Forest Adventure Pass is required to park at the trailhead.
This is the best, and hence the most popular, intermediate trail in the Santa Ynez River area. It combines a fire road climb, A singletrack section that will have you smiling from ear to ear, and an easy paved spin back to your car.

If you are in the area and only have time for one ride this is the one to do! You won't regret it!

Need to Know

Be careful on both the dirt road and the paved road. ATV's and motorcycles use the dirt road. Listen for their approach and stay out of the way. On weekends there can be significant traffic from the many picnickers and fisherman along the Santa Ynez River. Be especially careful once back on the paved road.

While you are in the area make sure to check out the many nearby swimming holes in the Santa Ynez. You can drive up the road and find one to your liking or ask the locals where the more hidden holes lie.

During the rainy season the road is frequently gated at the river crossing just west of the Lower Oso paring area. You can still ride these trails but use EXTREME caution should you choose to cross the river. The water can be fast and the footing is very slick. Also remember that if you cross the river EMS will have much more difficult time assisting you in case of an emergency.

Finally - Use a bell to alert others to your presence.


Park at the Lower Oso Picnic area. Begin by taking the Lower Oso Trail up through the valley. It crosses back and forth across the road and makes a more interesting alternative to ridng the pavement. Once the trail ends find your way to the Upper Oso Trailhead. Skirt the right side of the large metal gate and begin your trip up the Buckhorn/Big Pine Road.

The dirt road starts off gradually with only a gentle incline for about the first 0.75 of a mile. Once the Santa Cruz Trail is passed on your left the gradient increases significantly. The steepest sections of the road come low in the ride but the grade never fully eases off. Wind your way up the road enjoying the views into the Santa Barbara backcountry. About 2.5 miles after going around the locked gate the road reaches a large flat area and the start of the Camuesa Connector Trail.

The Camuesa Connector trail takes off east from the Big Pine Buckhorn Road. There are no junctions or turns to make, just fast and fun singletrack. There are a few Rocky sections that can easily be walked, and some exposure you'll want to be wary of, but most of the trail is very suitable to the intermediate rider.

4 miles comes too soon as the trail drops down and crosses the Santa Ynez River before ending at Paradise Road. Turn right and cruise about 2.5 miles back to your car. If you're looking for an alternative to the road, try to pick up the river trail just on the left after the first river crossing on Paradise Road.


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Feb 2, 2018
nick brooks
Trail in great shape. Forgot how much climbing there is - but worth it! Great to do during the week for no traffic.
Jan 20, 2018
Steve Giddings
Nov 24, 2017
Ken Steele
Nice loop. Someone has done a bunch of maintenance. The trail is in great condition.
Jan 3, 2017
Jonatan Schumacher
Beautiful trail! The river that we had to cross in the end was about 8" deep - wet feet could not be avoided. 13.7mi
Dec 21, 2016
Brad Anderson
Aug 13, 2016
jason donovan
bloody hot out with no shade. We took our time climbing up due to the heat. Brush is high and some loose areas, rode fast downhill. GREAT TRAIL! 10.3mi
Aug 6, 2016
Dan Lau
May 22, 2016
Kurt Hess
Too rocky

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Hit the trail head at about 10:30 AM on May 30th and it was already 75º. It got up over 90º on some of the exposed sunny stretches! Trail is in good shape, though narrow in spots. Lots of loose scree over hard pack. Jun 1, 2015
Mike Tarpey
Santa Barbara, CA
Mike Tarpey   Santa Barbara, CA
SBMTV recently finished rebuilding the first mile of Camuesa Connector Trail, which was devastated by the Rey fire and subsequent heavy rains in 2017. Work included installing culverts in large gullies, repairing switchbacks, brushing, and re-benching big slides. Ka-Moose-a is in in excellent shape. Get out there, YEWW!!!! Note: The gate to trail head Upper Oso Trail is closed, however this is only to prevent motorized vehicles/OHV from access Buckhorn Rd. The trail is open to non motorized recreation and its ok to hop the gate here. 1/22/18 Jan 23, 2018

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