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    Headed to Santa Barbara. Camp, ride where?

    So I'm headed to Santa Barbara for some biznatch and driving the truckerz! I can stay longer and make stops if needed.

    Where should I camp and ride along the way???? I want to drive dirt all the way! Well, maybe a little.

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    It is the other way round ! Don't stop at all so you can ride more in SB !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OS-KR View Post
    It is the other way round ! Don't stop at all so you can ride more in SB !!
    What's over there exactly??? Aside from the beach.
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    Headed to Santa Barbara. Camp, ride where?

    Go ride Romero Canyon Trail or Tequepis or even Elings Park for some flowy stuff


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    As for camping, you can camp up on Camino Cielo for free on Nat Forest land

    ...or for paid camping there's plenty more developed camp sites off of Hwy 154 in the Santa Ynez Valley by the river. Also more riding from the camp sites down there depending if the river is crossable. Camusa trail is suppose to be pretty fun.

    Also if you want more beta, hit up Stan Jorgensen, he lived down there for a few years.

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    And if you like the anti flow, Tunnel is a must

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    Quote Originally Posted by OS-KR View Post
    And if you like the anti flow, Tunnel is a must
    Tunnel was trashed after the rain when we were down there. Significant erosion and all in all not that cool of a trail. Just felt like a flat rock garden the whole time until the end before jesusita. Tunnel wasn't my favorite.


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Trail Bum View Post
    Go ride Romero Canyon Trail or Tequepis or even Elings Park for some flowy stuff


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    https://youtu.be/xe-G0DIGdFA

    https://youtu.be/wSTOXXTZYMk

    As for camping, you can camp up on Camino Cielo for free on Nat Forest land

    ...or for paid camping there's plenty more developed camp sites off of Hwy 154 in the Santa Ynez Valley by the river. Also more riding from the camp sites down there depending if the river is crossable. Camusa trail is suppose to be pretty fun.

    Also if you want more beta, hit up Stan Jorgensen, he lived down there for a few years.
    Thank you!

    We're probably riding Romero and something else They told me to bring my own bike so I'm Wreckoning it.

    What kind of fenders should I bring?

    El Capitan Campground any good?
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    ^^^Lots of rocks on Romero...those Santa Cruz trails haven't made you soft have they

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    Quote Originally Posted by griz View Post
    ^^^Lots of rocks on Romero...those Santa Cruz trails haven't made you soft have they
    Are you saying I should bring knee pads?
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    Headed to Santa Barbara. Camp, ride where?

    TTB, maybe it had no time to settle down? I do know, I really liked it. Regarding the speed, maybe you could run more with a double crown? I saw many locals with that set-up

    Also Jesusita alone is still worth, with the bonus of the climbing challenge. It was a lot of fun, but I like more primitive trails.

    Fb, if you want to go to a campground, reserve as soon as you can ! Regarding gear, is one climb one downhill so bring whatever that makes you feel safe.

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    El Capitan Campground in Santa Barbara any good? Might go there this Wed night.

    What about camping and riding in Montana de Oro in San Luis Obispo on the way home?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    El Capitan Campground in Santa Barbara any good? Might go there this Wed night.

    What about camping and riding in Montana de Oro in San Luis Obispo on the way home?

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    You really need to stick around and vanquish the spam-meisters, have you looked at Passion lately?
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    Is El Cap open? They really, really got hammered in the rains and had huge flooding. Cleaned up already? MdO has been riding well lately as it has been one of the few trails open here in SLO with all our weather. The campsites are near empty on weekdays and it's really a nice time out there. I'll be there tomorrow a.m. on the new bike. I'd hit it Thursday but I'm getting nerves burned in my lower back that day. That's actually/hopefully a good thing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    El Capitan Campground in Santa Barbara any good? Might go there this Wed night.

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    Refugio is good as well but haven't been in a few years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Are you saying I should bring knee pads?
    Romero has a few rocks...Cold Springs is what you are looking for. Bring some armor, it is a milder version of Tunnel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OS-KR View Post
    TTB, maybe it had no time to settle down? I do know, I really liked it. Regarding the speed, maybe you could run more with a double crown? .
    It was just pretty trashed and wet up top. Some parts were rad, maybe I need to go back and ride it again. I've ridden much gnarlier trails than tunnel on my Bronson so a dh bike isn't really necessary especially since pedaled from town lol.

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    Thanks all. I think I'll meet Menso and crush his xc dreams with an eBike.
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    Headed to Santa Barbara. Camp, ride where?

    Menso? Then bring a spare battery, ....just saying !

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    Quote Originally Posted by griz View Post
    ^^^Lots of rocks on Romero...those Santa Cruz trails haven't made you soft have they
    Hey! I resemble that remark.
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    I went to college in Santa Barbara—miss the riding down there every day. Definitely hit Romero as others have said. That would be the best place to start—just know that the fire road climb up can get mucky if it is wet.

    These were my go to rides in college:

    Shuttle:
    1) Tunnel top to bottom, then once you hit the bottom of Tunnel pedal up to the top of Jesusita
    2) Cold Spring to Girard to Mcmenemy (there is one steep climb in the middle of this)
    3) Knapps Castle (very muddy when wet), good odd man out shuttle

    Pedal:
    1) Romero: CLimb the fire road to the top then descend the Upper and Lower Single track
    2) Climb the Romero fire road and descend San Ysidro trail
    3) Santa Cruz Trail (Little Pine)—heard this burnt again, but this is one of the best trails I have ridden anywhere (13 mile, 4K vert climb to access)
    4) Saddle Rock Trail—the only SB trail that I would classify as steep in spots. Very rocky.
    5) Camuesa

    Come to think of it, I need to take a trip back down there asap. Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NAYR751 View Post
    I went to college in Santa Barbara—miss the riding down there every day. Definitely hit Romero as others have said. That would be the best place to start—just know that the fire road climb up can get mucky if it is wet.

    These were my go to rides in college:

    Shuttle:
    1) Tunnel top to bottom, then once you hit the bottom of Tunnel pedal up to the top of Jesusita
    2) Cold Spring to Girard to Mcmenemy (there is one steep climb in the middle of this)
    3) Knapps Castle (very muddy when wet), good odd man out shuttle

    Pedal:
    1) Romero: CLimb the fire road to the top then descend the Upper and Lower Single track
    2) Climb the Romero fire road and descend San Ysidro trail
    3) Santa Cruz Trail (Little Pine)—heard this burnt again, but this is one of the best trails I have ridden anywhere (13 mile, 4K vert climb to access)
    4) Saddle Rock Trail—the only SB trail that I would classify as steep in spots. Very rocky.
    5) Camuesa

    Come to think of it, I need to take a trip back down there asap. Have fun!

    This is all solid beta FC. I know that Carpinteria SB is always a good bet, but is a little south. For that matter, El Cap is also awesome but a bit north. Romero is shuttleable from Camino Cielo, but takes practically forever to get to.
    If money was no object, I would say f-it and rent a house at Hollister ranch for a few days. And bring a surfboard. Other cool things to check out is near Pendola ranger station along the Santa Ynez river.
    Other good riding is just over Casitas pass in upper Ojai. I always really liked those trails.
    Have fun!

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    Headed to Santa Barbara. Camp, ride where?

    Thank you. Successful mission!



    I found a beach and some trails with rocks.
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    Where did you stay>?

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    Do yourself a favor and go big- ride the Santa Cruz trail (little pine loop). Real backcountry ride with low traffic. Fair warning there is a lot of exposure, but man is it a ripper once you get past the upper cliff section. No idea what shape it's in after the winter maybe a local can chime in. One of a few truly "epic" rides around. Fairly certain you can camp right at the trail head.

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    Several people warned that was burnt again last year in one of those big fires, so sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DubC View Post
    Where did you stay>?
    I stayed at Hotel Milo for two nights and then El Capitan State Beach for one night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by duderidesabike View Post
    Do yourself a favor and go big- ride the Santa Cruz trail (little pine loop). Real backcountry ride with low traffic. Fair warning there is a lot of exposure, but man is it a ripper once you get past the upper cliff section. No idea what shape it's in after the winter maybe a local can chime in. One of a few truly "epic" rides around. Fairly certain you can camp right at the trail head.
    That trail is GONE. Fire, downed trees, deluge, flood and erosion. It no longer exists. Will be rebuilt someday.
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    Here's some photos. I got to ride Romero a couple times and Knapp trail for a few runs.

    Weather was perfect but the roads and trails are scarred from the recent rains.

    Here's some photos. Thanks again for the intel.

    The drive on 101 is devastatingly green. Never seen it like this.
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    On Camino Cielo Road, a bunch of campers just pull over the side for the night. I SHOULD HAVE gone there! Free! And amazing view. Tough drive though after partying.
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    This is on a little creek trail and that's not even a jump. Kids.
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    We climbed Romero twice so the second descent was dialed.Headed to Santa Barbara. Camp, ride where?-20170308-an0q1968.jpg

    Perfect technique on this Zink.
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    Knapp trail was amazing. Glad we stopped for this photo.
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    At the bottom of Knapp Trail. El grom said. "i think i can flip that."
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    Spent the night at El Capitan State Beach after a brewery tour. Man, campgrounds are expensive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Here's some photos.]
    Looks like a blast. What do you think of the Wreckoning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob-o View Post
    Looks like a blast. What do you think of the Wreckoning?
    It is unreal. It is a 160mm 29er but it feels compact. It climbs like a 130mm bike.

    The bike is very quiet on rowdy descents as big hits are muted. Handling is dialed with a stiff chassis. Frame has a low center of gravity and it seems noticeable.

    Frame is heavy at 7.5 lbs. I'd hit it.
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    What is the word on Tunnel Trail? I talked to a few advanced locals and they don't even ride it. They described it as an effed up old school chunk trail.

    And man... the hikers there... there's a lot of them. Retired and activist. It seems a few of them have dedicated the rest of their lives to hiking on those trails every day and exercising their right. We met a few... all good interactions but it is a different world.
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    Super bummed about Santa Cruz trail. It was so poorly maintained already- doubt it'll get much attention soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    It is unreal. It is a 160mm 29er but it feels compact. It climbs like a 130mm bike.
    Thanks. Have read only good reviews of the bike, especially how well it climbs for a 160 bike. It looks pretty bad ass too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob-o View Post
    Thanks. Have read only good reviews of the bike, especially how well it climbs for a 160 bike. It looks pretty bad ass too.
    So I got the Wreckoning to try out as I've never even seen an Evil up close. I climbed the wall at Fremont Older from the reservoir twice... since that's what my friends were doing.

    It climbed so well that I was sold! It was at 32 lbs too with tubes and heavy wheels. Now it's 30. All the other details, I knew would be good since JCWages bought one... a Calling.

    Anyway, I'm building a bunch of Evils now for friends who helped me with my garage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    So I got the Wreckoning to try out as I've never even seen an Evil up close. I climbed the wall at Fremont Older from the reservoir twice... since that's what my friends were doing.

    It climbed so well that I was sold! It was at 32 lbs too with tubes and heavy wheels. Now it's 30. All the other details, I knew would be good since JCWages bought one... a Calling.

    Anyway, I'm building a bunch of Evils now for friends who helped me with my garage.
    I've seen a few Followings around our area but not many Wrekonings or other models. There's a pretty good chance I'll be on a Wreck in a couple weeks. Looking forward to it.

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    Didn't make it to SLO?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmallory View Post
    Didn't make it to SLO?
    No. My business there didn't pan out. So I shot right past that place and the brewery in Paso. But I did think long and hard about stopping by Montana de Oro for a spin.

    Had to go to Scotts Valley to meet the Bell Wiminz!

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