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Mountain Biking

Bluff 'n Back

Mellow riding beyond the Little Pine turnoff leads to the foot of Big Pine Mountain.

While most riders take the Little Pine turnoff and head over to Happy Hollow for the downhill ride on the Santa Cruz Trail, you will find beautiful country as well as almost complete solitude if you continue on Buckhorn Road in the direction of Bluff, which makes an excellent spot for an overnight camping trip. Read story.

Buckhorn Trail

One of the epic rides though the trail could use some brushing.

This, the ride to Little Pine, and the Gibraltar Loop are the best three rides in the lower Santa Ynez River drainage. The Buckhorn ride combines much of what the Little Pine Ride has to offer, as well as 10 miles of exquisite single track riding in Buckhorn Canyon and along lower Indian Creek. There is a real feeling of wildness about the ride. Read story.

Camuesa Connector

Best short single track ride in the area.

This is an excellent morning or afternoon ride which takes no more than 3 hours to complete, though more may be added either by picnicking along the way or stopping at Live Oak picnic area near the trail's end, where you'll find a great swimming hole waiting for you. The single track on Camuesa Connector is the best 3-mile section found anywhere in the valley. Read story.

Little Pine Mountain

This is the premier ride in the upper Santa Ynez Valley. Incredible views, secluded stands of pine atop Little Pine Mountain, and an exhilarating ride back down make this one of the most worthwhile rides in Santa Barbara County. However, its 3300' elevation gain demands that you be in pretty good physical shape to enjoy it all the way up. Read story.

Lower Oso Single Track

A good starter ride for kids.

This is a short trail, which follows the left side of the road leading to Upper Oso and provides either a short and scenic day ride or a way to and from Upper Oso without having to ride on the road. Read story.

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