Romero Canyon Road

Los Padres National Forest, California

Distance7.9mi
Elevation Gain5,853ft
Trailhead Elevation935ft
Top3,140ft
Elevation Min/Max935/3140ft
Elevation Start/End935/935ft

Romero Canyon Road

Romero Canyon Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Santa Barbara County, California. It is within Los Padres National Forest. It is 7.9 miles long and begins at 935 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,853 feet. Near the trailhead there is a water tank. This trail connects with the following: Romero West.

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Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura (Wilderness Press)
Craig R. Carey
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"This fairly strenuous transect of Romero Canyon climbs 3.5 miles along the lush riparian Romero Trail, topping out at the east end of Camino Cielo Road, and then makes a long S-shaped drop back to the bottom of the canyon." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes Santa Barbara (Falcon Guides)
Bryn Fox
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"This favorite local route begins with a short trip up a dirt access road before heading off the main trail onto a shaded singletrack. Follow the creek for a 2-mile uphill workout before merging back with the dirt road and returning on a long, meandering downhill with panoramic views of the Pacific. Initially developed by the Chumash Indians as a means of obtaining food and trade from over the mountain in the Santa Ynez Valley, the Romero Canyon Trail currently encompasses both a singletrack trail that follows the creek and a wide, flat, dirt access road that winds through the canyon above the creek." Read more

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12/12/2011
This trail is bad @$!*%! You can take a few different routes depending on the difficulty you want. The fire road goes up ~7 miles, however at the 4 mile marker you can choose to take the single track down back to your car. If you blackout and ride to the top accidently you have the choice of continuing a bit further up and taking another single track all the way down. This route meets up with the fire road exactly at the point where the lower single track begins. If you are an experienced rider with both endurance and technical skills I'd recommend going up to the top and taking the single track the entire way down. The lower single track route is very technical at some parts and is a complete rock garden the entire way down. At the top you will have some amazing views.
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9/23/2008
This is a great way to show yourself how out of shape you are! This trail while gorgeous is just straight uphill. The first 1/2 mile being very steep then the rest of the trail going moderately steep. Flat ground almost seems like a downhill treat. You start on a fireroad from the trailhead until you pass a blue gate on your right where the doubletrack begins. The view here is great of the mountains. You climb climb climb and have amazing views of mountains and ocean. Once you soak it all in. Head down the way you came. USE BRAKES OFTEN. lots of hikers and other bikers coming up the hill so unfortunately you can't really bomb down the thing with all the blind corners. All in all a great view ride a great training run. you must love to uphill if you do this trail. It's worth it.
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2/21/2008
Beautiful view but kind of a boring trail. It gets a bit loose in parts. It is a 6.5 mile climb up and you just simply return the same way. Beware of all the grouchy hikers. For some reason in Santa Barbara hikers have a chip on their shoulder against bikers so be polite and slow down for everyone.
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5/5/2007
We left early afternoon and the temp was getting up there so bring water. Really fun ride, not to steep in most places but lots of rockslides. Some breathtaking views and dropoffs so watch your foot clips.
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7/30/2001
Great trail, but traffic can be a problem. Lots of hikers and riders on the weekend. Watch out on those blind corners. I like to take the road/trail all the way up to east camino cielo and take a needed rest on the water tower at the top. Great views of both the ocean and interior valley from there. About halfway down (and up for that matter) there is an intersection of 2 trails. For a more difficult descent take the one on your right as ou come down otherwise go sraight ahead and go back the way you came. Either way you end up a the same place. I would say it is a moderatley techinical trail, maybe a little more if you tack the harder section.
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Trail Information

Los Padres National Forest
Nearby City
Los Padres National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
USDA Forest Service, Los Padres National Forest; (805) 967-3481; Montecito Trails Foundation; (805) 568-0833
Local Contacts
USGS Carpinteria
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