Santa Barbara Mountain Biking Trails

Please take a moment to review the guidelines for proper trail etiquette!

Click the trail names below for detailed information on each one.

*Please note that difficulty ratings are relative to each other.  What is considered a “moderate” trail back home could be very different from a “moderate” trail in Santa Barbara.


  • camuesa

    Camuesa Connector Trail

    Very fun back-country loop located off of paradise road near Upper Oso Camp Ground. The singletrack portion is mostly downhill with a few short and steep climbs mixed in. Camuesa is a great short ride if you are looking for a change of scenery from the front country trails.
  • SanYsidro

    San Ysidro

    Coming Soon!
  • coldspring

    Cold Springs

    Cold Springs Trail is a fun but very technical and rocky descent in Santa Barbara's front country. No large drops or death defying chutes to worry about here, just consistent and large rock gardens throughout the majority of the trail. Most of the trail isn't very steep but there are some difficult switchbacks and steeper sections near the end. Most people shuttle this ride, but many of us prefer to include it in a bigger loop that involves climbing Romero Canyon Trail's fire road and coming down Cold Springs Trail.
  • Tunnel Trail

    Tunnel Trail

    Tunnel Trail is the real deal.......easily Santa Barbara's most difficult downhill ride. If you love steep, rocky, and technical descents then you'll love this one! A larger travel full suspension bike and a full face helmet are recommended equipment for this one!
  • Knapp's Castle

    Knapp’s Castle (Snyder Trail)

    Knapp's Castle (Snyder Trail) is a very popular local shuttle ride. Starting on fire road at the top, Knapp's Castle turns into fast and fun single track for the rest of the way down. If you are looking for a short, fast, and fun shuttle ride then you will love this trail!
  • romerocanyon

    Romero Canyon Trail

    A shop favorite........moderate to steep 4 mile fire road climb leading to a fun descent down the canyon trail. The trail descent transitions from fast and smooth to moderately technical rock gardens as you get lower. If you are looking for a longer ride you can ride the fire road all the way to the top of the mountain for some spectacular views.
  • JesMain

    Jesusita Trail

    The local XC/Trail Favorite. 1200 ft of climbing rewards you with one of the best views in town as well as a very fast and fun descent. Throw that little chainring back on your bike and bring a trail bell, this one is worth it!
  • tuckers

    Tucker’s Grove

    Coming Soon!
  • Tequep


    Tequepis Trail is a hidden gem! The climb to the top is not for the weak but the decent is so very worth it! There are no major technical hurdles to worry about, just point your front end down and hang on for one fun ride!
  • Ellwood0214057982


    Ellwood Mesa is a fantastic network of trails and open spaces adjacent to UCSB. There are no steep hills or overly technical features so the area is fantastic for mellow mountain bike rides or getting that cyclocross bike dirty! Between Ellwood Mesa and the adjacent Santa Barbara Shores County Park, you'll find plenty of trails to keep you busy for a couple of hours....and the views along the bluff are fantastic!

    Elings Park

    Scenic single-track just minutes from downtown Santa Barbara! Elings Park is great for everyone from children and beginners looking to master basic handling skills to veteran riders who have a limited time to ride and want to enjoy the fantastic view. The park has miles of mellow interconnecting single-track trails that reward you with an amazing view of Santa Barbara at the top!
  • SantaCruz

    Santa Cruz Trail

    Santa Cruz Trail is one of Santa Barbara's best long cross country loops. 17 miles and 3,,500 ft of elevation gain will get your heart pumping! The stellar views from the top of Little Pine Mountain alone make the ride worth it.