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Girard/McMenemy DH

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fun DH run with a good mix of flow and switchbacks, ending at San Ysidro Trail.


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Map Key

1.4

Miles

2.2

KM

100%

Singletrack

1,385' 422 m

High

635' 193 m

Low

45' 14 m

Up

751' 229 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Trail is open again, though the landscape has changed since the December 2017 the Thomas Fire Closure

Overview

A short DH option in the Santa Barbara foothills

Need to Know

The Edison Catway can be confusing, so either go with someone who knows the area, or bring a map and GPS. This DH trail has significant hiking traffic (like all SB front country trails), but has better visibility than most. Remember your bike bell and be prepared for hikers, dogs, and horses.

Description

The Girard/McMenemy DH drops down Girard Trail from the Edison Catway, and eventually goes left onto Lower McMenemy. The difficulty ramps up progressively as you descend, peaking around the McMenemy switchbacks, before a fast, flowy finish through the eucalyptus grove.

Girard/McMenemy is accessed from the Edison Catway. You can ride to the the Catway via either Cold Springs Trail or Hot Springs Trail, both to the west.

Contacts

Shared By:

Paul Shepherd with improvements by James M

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  4.5 from 4 votes

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Turn towards Lower McMenemy at the Girard/McMeney intersection.
Apr 4, 2016 near Montecito, CA

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Oct 12, 2020
Nate Blakely
Quite the clencher. Trail is baked. Very fun but I'd look before you leap on a few of the hucks. The switchbacks are doable with some nosepicks. Fun!
Jan 27, 2019
Eric Chambers