Camuesa Conector Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,559' 475 m
Descent: -1,558' -475 m
High: 2,302' 702 m
Low: 1,005' 306 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“The best mid length loop in the Santa Ynez River area.”— Kevin Fox
If you are in the area and only have time for one ride this is the one to do! You won't regret it!
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.
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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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Dogs Allowed, History & Background
Local Club: Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers
Jun 19, 2019: Elings Trail Work Wednesday
Jun 8, 2019: Cold Spring Shuttle Trail Work Day
Land Manager: USFS - Los Padres National Forest Office