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  1. #1
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    May 2006

    Elings park Downhill trail? Santa Barbara

    Driving down to Santa barbara on monday and leaving friday. We will be very close to Elings park. I seen some youtube videos that show a short DH trail? Is this trail still there?
    I wont have a car so need to ride to park so just plan on riding Elings a few times while in town. Should I bring my 2x10 29er hardtail or the 150mm trail bike with 1x10 drive train?
    Thanks for any advice,

  2. #2
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    Aug 2004
    Yes, the trail is still there. Either bike is fine. If you want to play mostly on the DH trail, bring the trail bike. Otherwise you can do a decent XC loop there on the hardtail. SB is small enough that if you're staying anywhere downtown and you have a couple of hours, you could pedal up to Inspiration Point from Mission Canyon/Tunnel Rd and drop Jesusita. Or ride up the first couple of miles of Gibraltar Rd. and drop West Fork of Cold Springs.

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    Apr 2005
    There are MUCH better trails in SB to ride. Ellings park is fun, but its an after work kinda ride when you don't have any time. Basically, every single other frontside trail is better in every way.

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    Back home now. We were staying less than a mile from Elings and I was only able to get out for short rides, so I stuck with riding Elings. Not a bad little park. I would have liked to ride some of the better trails, but I was just happy to get my tires dirty while visiting.

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