Little Pine Loop
ElevationAscent: 3,470' 1,058 m
Descent: -3,464' -1,056 m
High: 4,376' 1,334 m
Low: 1,180' 360 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“An amazing backcountry mountain bike odyssey.”— 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.
Also, be sure to hit the Paradise Store on your way out for a burger, cold beer, and some live music.
Look for the large concrete tank on your left and make the turn towards Happy Hollow Camp. The aforementioned tank makes for a great spot to take a break and rest your legs. Sometimes the tank will be full of water and you can re-fill your bottles if needed. Don't count on it, however, and make sure to be prepared for the whole ride when you leave the car.
About 1.5 miles after the turn at the water tank, you'll see the trailhead on your right. There is a metal opening designed to deter motorcycles. Climb to the top of a small hill with a brilliant view. If you still have the energy, Little Pine Mtn. is just to the south, and the walk to its summit makes for a worthwhile diversion.
Once you're ready, drop your seat and hang on. The next 5.5 miles is some of the best trail riding around. The first bit along the Little Pine Connector Trail starts off fast before a series of tight switchbacks are encountered. After another short, steep pitch, you'll find yourself at Alexander Saddle. It is imperative that you turn LEFT here heading SOUTHEAST. A right turn will send you deeper into the backcountry and down to the old Santa Cruz Ranger Station.
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.
Follow the road back to your car at Upper Oso.
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Features, E-Bikes Allowed, History & Background
Local Club: Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers
Apr 10, 2019: Elings Park Trail Work Wednesday – April 10th, 2019
Apr 6, 2019: State Trails Day – Saturday, April 6th 2019
Mar 20, 2019: CPR + AED Training
Land Manager: USFS - Los Padres National Forest Office