Socal - Santa Barbara County - Santa Barbara, CA NickNames: #RedRock
From the 101 freeway in Santa Barbara take the 154 (there is only one way to go). From the 154 take the Paradise Road exit on the right. Follow Paradise road all the way to the end if you want to start at the Red Rock Trailhead.
For longer rides, you can park anywhere in the parking lots along Paradise Road. You are required to purchase an adventure pass for $5.0 to use this area.
This area has plenty of other trails and I would recommend purchasing a trail map for the area. You can get one from any Santa Barbara area bookstore for $3.00.
I took my wife on the trail; many people were walking to the famous Red Rock pool, so we decided to ride up the nice steady uphill fireroad. It's in very good condition. Once you reach the top, you can see in the distance Gibraltar Dam to the North. I would suggest turning back right then and there. The downhill trail leading to the base of the Dam is unsatisfying at best; the worst is yet to come.
I was told by a MTB'er on the trail that the first river crossing is the worst, everything else is easy and flat. If you're reading this, I curse you and I regret having helped you with your flat tire! There were -->11<--, ELEVEN river crossings, each of them either very fast, or very wide and deep. Luckily we were running large volume tires, so the bikes floated across while we waded sometimes up to our necks!!!
After each crossing, we'd eventually find a remnant of the trail, but it would abruptly vanish again and again due to serious rain damage. Along with the trail just simply disappearing, there were huge landslides, rockslides, and fallen trees in the remaining trail.
The worst was at the end. the trail at the Red Rock pool has been completely buried by huge piles of dangerous, sharp rocks. If one were to fall there, you're going to bleed very badly.
This trail is unrideable. It's beautiful no doubt, but it needs more than just a little trail maintenance. I will post pictures when I get the chance.
dingburp a 33 year old Weekend Warrior riding a American Beryllium from santa barbara
Ride rating: Intermediate
Singletrack=30% Dirt Road=70%
Dino De L. a 43 year old Racer riding a Fischer from Vandenberg AFB, Calif
As beginner, I had to hike-a-bike in a few places, but those with more experience should have no problems. And for the beginner it is a nice challenge and an excellent place to learn as the majority of the difficulty comes from varying terrain rather than elevation changes. So you only have to worry about one variable.
WARNING: This is a VERY popular weekend spot for the locals as the river water is warm and there are numerous pools for sunbathers and swimmers. So, you have to be especially careful ... I almost ran over a co-ed who decided to sunbath in the middle of the trail!
Then again ... all those half-clad college girls (and boys depending on your predilections) only add to the scenery. Posted:06/25/2000
Ride rating: Novice
Alienist a 27 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Giant Rincon with training wheels from Lompoc, CA