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Elwood Mesa

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Trail

5.3 mile 8.6 kilometer loop
70% Singletrack
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 280' 85 m
Descent: -283' -86 m
High: 84' 25 m
Low: 9' 3 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)

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Trail shared by Kevin Fox

THE place to take your friend, spouse, partner or mother for their first ride.

Kevin Fox

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Overview

Elwood Mesa is a maze of unnamed, flat dirt trails, some narrow some wide, that wander around a beautiful bluff overlooking the ocean.

This area is very popular among families and dog walkers from all around the Santa Barbara area. It is a great place to introduce someone to the sport of mountain biking.

Need to Know

Give Elwood a few days to dry after any significant rain. The soil here contains a lot of clay and can be very muddy when wet.

Description

The ride on the map above represents one of many possible ways to get around Elwood Mesa. The best way to enjoy the place is to just wander a round, pick a trail, and see where it goes. There are lots of nooks and crannies to explore.

None of the trails have separate names, so it's all just one big Elwood Mesa trail.

There are numerous access points but the most common is at the parking area off Hollister. This lot can get full on the weekends with overflow at the elementary school across the street.

History & Background

Elwood is most well known for a grove of Eucalyptus trees that are the winter home to thousands of monarch butterflies. See goletabutterflygrove.com/ for more information.

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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed

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May 4, 2018
Ryan Blair
The eastern most portion of the trail towards UCSB is gated up and being redeveloped by the university. There is a gate that is open, don't go in l… 5mi
Nov 25, 2017
Pacy Woonteiler
Jun 2, 2017
Matt Hage
Huge mess of trails across flat grasslands. 5mi
May 21, 2017
Carlton Duty II
May 14, 2016
Andy DeFazio

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Looking west across the bluffs
Mar 5, 2014 near Isla Vista, CA

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