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West Camino Cielo

Los Padres National Forest, California
Distance8.5mi
Elevation Gain4,332ft
Trailhead Elevation2,956ft
Top3,975ft
Elevation Min/Max2438/3975ft
Elevation Start/End2956/2956ft

West Camino Cielo

West Camino Cielo is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Santa Barbara County, California. It is within Los Padres National Forest. It is 8.5 miles long and begins at 2,956 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 17.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,332 feet.

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Aventura, FL
Explorer | 20 pts
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12/29/2014
Just completed this trail today. The views are amazing and the road is relatively easy, just a couple spots that are tricky and only one of them requiring actual 4WD. We started on Refugio Road and finished in Route 154. Not a soul to be seen other than a couple motorcycles and a couple trucks by the antennas on the west end of the road. Took us about 1.5 - 2 hrs to complete at a very slow pace as the road isn't exactly smooth. But all in all a wonderful experience (first offroad one for my kids) with astonishing views of both the coast and the lake.
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San Dimas, CA
Pathfinder | 80 pts
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8/8/2012
Nice easy trail with great views of the Channel Islands and the coast. We entered off of Refugio Road at the 101. We exited on the 154 and turned right toward Santa Ynez. There is a cool old place at San Marcos Pass called the Cold Water Tavern to stop for a drink or a bit to eat.
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Diamond Bar, CA
Adventurer | 210 pts
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8/16/2006
This is a fun trail with great views. Some of the trail information is outdated however. There is no longer a sign saying the gate is closed. There is a sign prohibiting off road vehicles. Also the total time for the drive was a bit longer than advertised at least for me. Not that I went blazing fast, but I didn't stop much either. I'd allow at least 2 hours with no stops. Paint ballers have ruined three or four spots along the trail.
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Santa Barbara, CA
Explorer | 30 pts
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9/14/2005
Great views, you get to see both the ocean and (I beleive) Lake chumash at the same time. I actually rode this on my Mountain bike while my Girl Friend followed me in the truck. This was a blast since the trail is nice and wide and on a bike this means fast (30+) , yet still enough terrain to keep it interesting, but not hard core. For driving, this is a very mellow trail, with great views. Excelent if your looking for some good views and a relaxing ride with dirt involved.
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Calabasas, CA
Explorer | 30 pts
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7/4/2003
The best description of this trail I got from e-books was that it is "easy to moderate." For a novice like me who just got a 4WD SUV and dying to take it on an adventure, this trail proved to be as exciting as I could have imagined. We found nearly everything we expected, including some other things we didn't, like a whole collection of ammo shells at an open site. Nearby, one could hear the gun shots from a gun club. For someone who has never been exposed to guns or shooting, this was an exciting and even scary experience. That is until I found out I was completely safe.

The views of the ocean on one side of the ridge and the mountains and Lake Cachuma on the other side were stunning. The weather was perfect and we only saw two other jeeps on our way. Both disappeared within seconds never to be seen again, one of them even did a trick that left us with our mouths open in disbelief, he just took off on the side of the rocky mountain as if it believed it was a mountain goat, then disapppeared. We were envious. We weren't going to try that in our brand new Explorer. Maybe next time.

It was truly a great adventure. Add a picnic under a shady tree and great company and it was a perfect 4th of July.

Highly recommended.
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Doleway, AL
Trailblazer | 5056 pts
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7/30/2001
This is not really a trail, but rather an old fire road. I typically ride it as an out and back starting from the gun club. From there the road turns to gravel and drops sharply, but from there it is a steady climb, not very steep, almost level. The views are great as the traverse the top of the front range. When you get tired turn around and you only have the steep section at the end to worry about. If you travel a long way out (past broadcast peak) the road eventually begins to drop down, at this point keep in mind you will have to ride up what you ride down. Technically this is an easy trail, but very relaxing if you stop along the way to enjoy the views. Take a lunch and some extra water and make a day of it. If you're a rock climber, take your shoes and do some bouldering at Lizard's Mouth when you get back to the car.
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Los Padres National Forest
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Los Padres National Forest
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Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara Ranger District
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