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Cranks and Coffee Ride - Santa Barbara

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10.2 Miles 16.5 Kilometers



2,338' 713 m


-2,333' -711 m


3,154' 961 m


890' 271 m



Avg Grade (5°)


Max Grade (30°)



Join us for our third stop of Cranks & Coffee MTB ride.

Hotbox Roasters


Hotbox Roasters will arrive at the the trailhead at 8:00am PT and the ride will depart at 9:00am PT.

Join Hotbox Roasters for a Nitro Cold Brew Coffee infused mountain bike ride! During the ride, we will have a professional photographer documenting the fun and we’ll share the photos with everyone in attendance. After the ride, we’ll kickback and hangout at the trailhead near the Hotbox van for good times and giveaways.

These rides are no-drop rides, intended for all skill levels! We won't leave you for dead.

To learn more about Cranks & Coffee, to see a ride near you, or about Hotbox Roasters visit Hotbox Cranks & Coffee.

To order coffee online for 15% off visit the Hotbox Roasters Store and use discount code: MTBProject


Start the Romero Loop with a big climb up Romero Fire Road, a historic dirt road that climbs all the way to the top of Camino Cielo. It's grinding and steep at first but eventually mellows out into steady pedaling. At about a half mile up, you'll see the bottom of Lower Romero on your left; this is where you'll drop out. It's half a dozen miles up so don't get too much into the thousand-mile stare; you'll not want to miss the views of the Channel Islands and the Pacific Ocean.

At about four miles, you'll come to a four-way intersection of trails which divides the Upper and Lower Romero trails. Upper Romero feeds in from above and Lower Romero drops down below. You'll continue straight but the remaining ~2.5-mile climb ahead is unshaded and taxing. Taking Lower Romero down from here is a valid option, especially if you're feeling the toll of the first few miles of climbing.

After a particularly breathtaking view of the ocean, the trail continues around the mountain to an unexpected pass where you'll stay right as the trail forks. The trail connects with a paved road on which you'll travel downhill for a few hundred feet before taking what looks like a foot path to your right where the pavement stops. You'll have to walk your bike up this section through a couple fences that look impassable but have openings for hikers/bikers.

Once the climb tops out, the route traverses the ridge to the east to access the top of Upper Romero. There will be another fork but you can avoid the vicious wall to your right by staying left and wrapping around the hill. The next fork will come up soon and you'll head right, toward the first switchback. Your sweet reward awaits, a two-part descent that combines the essentials of great trail riding into one experience.

Start with Upper Romero, a fast section of trail. The first few switchbacks on the way down are very tight and difficult to see due to overgrowth so check your speed. Parts of the trail are less than one foot wide and loose so take caution. After the initial part of the descent, the trail carves in and out of the chaparral canopy covering the upper hillsides of Romero Canyon. Views are available, but don't gaze for too long or you might fly off the trail.

Be aware of speed when you approach the intersection to cross Romero Fire Road onto Lower Romero. Look both ways as this road/trail is popular for both climbing and descending.

You'll begin Lower Romero with a fast and flowing section with a few rocks. The trail then quickly gets into several technical rock gardens. Pick your line and pick it quick. A continuous grove of gnarled oak trees lives throughout this section and there are a few creek crossings which may be difficult after heavy rains. The lower you get, the bigger the rock gardens become. Don't be fooled by a few smooth sections because you'll have to have your 'A' game onto the end where your adrenaline will be surging and your legs and arms will be on fire.

Lower Romero dumps out on Romero Fire Road for the last bit of the ride. The final rock section is fast so be aware of your speed as you approach the trailhead.


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