Camuesa Connector Trail

Los Padres National Forest, California

Distance4.1mi
Elevation Gain3,224ft
Trailhead Elevation1,071ft
Top2,317ft
Elevation Min/Max1056/2317ft
Elevation Start/End1071/1071ft

Camuesa Connector Trail

Camuesa Connector Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Santa Barbara County, California. It is within Los Padres National Forest. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 1,071 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,224 feet. This trail connects with the following: Usfs Rd 5n15 Camuesa Canyon.

Camuesa Connector Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This route climbs along the southern flank of Camuesa Peak from the Santa Ynez River to Buckhorn-Camuesa Road. Hot and dry in the summer, this trail is better known as a mountain bike and/or equestrian route, but it can still make for a fine day trip on foot."

"Located in the San Marcos Pass within the Los Padres National Forest. Highlights: Spectacular views of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Hazards: Dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles. Forest Adventure Pass required."

"This well graded road heads east from Upper Oso Campground, climbing and descending the canyon north of the Santa Ynez River to get around Gibraltar Reservoir. Camuesa Road, the area's main access road, has connection points with many other roads and trails."

Camuesa Connector Trail Reviews

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9/19/2008
This trail starts with a 3 mile uphill climb up a fire road with one or two steep slopes embedded in an already rather steep climb. If you're not a weekly rider, prepare to walk some parts. once the single track starts the fun begins some technical switchbacks, some that are steep as hell. And after you get through climbing it rewards you with the last 3 miles of downhill single track.
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7/30/2001
I absolutely love this ride. As stated before, stay off this trail after the rain. It is a reasonably easy climb. It starts out with a couple of steep sections, but just stay with it and it eases off. I like to park at lower oso. It minimizes driving and splits up the road sections. Head up buckhorn road from upper oso to an easily spottable trailhead and just enjoy the single track from there down to paradise road. Hang a right and head back to the car, but if you have time take a swim in the river to cool off. It may be 100% ridable for some, but unless you're a pretty good uphill switchback rider, plan on walking a few of them. If you want more climbing continue up the road and take the little pine loop, or go up as far as you can and drop back down to the trailhead.
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10/5/2000
Camuesa is a classic if somewhat short ride for Santa Barbara locals. The trailhead is a 30 min drive from SB. I usually park at the Upper Oso parking lot (don't forget the stupid Adventure Pass). The climb up the Little Pine road is short (2.5 miles). You can't miss the Camuesa trailhead to your right. The trail is 100% ridable (try to make it without dabbing) but has some very challenging, short steeps and switchbacks. There's a bit of exposure on the lower section. To extend this ride do the Nineteen Oaks loop. The trailhead for Nineteen Oaks is about 0.5 miles further up Little Pine road from the Camuesa trailhead.
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Trail Information

Los Padres National Forest
Nearby City
Los Padres National Forest
Parks
Los Padres National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS: San Marcos Pass and Little Pine Mountain; Conant’s Matilija & Dick Smith Wilderness or San rafael Wilderness
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