Romero Road

4.13 out of 5
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Fire Road
↑ 4,400 ft
↓ 4,600 ft
elevation (ft)

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About this trail
A popular Front Country trail used by bikers, hikers, and equestrians. The Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers has placed boxes at the upper and lower trailheads stocked with bells. Please take and wear one on your downhill return as it alerts other trail users of your presence and prevents surprises and conflicts.

Romero is a fire road with singletrack options. The most popular route is to ride the approximately 6 mile fire road up to Camino Cielo, return that route and about halfway down finish your descent on the Romero Canyon singletrack. The fire road climb is a sustained climb with some decent grunts along the way. The Romero Canyon singletrack is classic Santa Barbara with good size drops, technical rock gardens, and stream crossings. It is do-able on a hardtail but not recommended.

The climb up Romero is fairly straightforward. About halfway up you'll notice the turnoff for Romero Canyon on your left. If time is an issue you can opt not to climb all the way up, choosing instead to begin your descent at this point. From the very top, though, you can access other Front and Backcountry trails off Camino Cielo. There is a water tank at the top that makes for a great resting spot.

Please be courteous and yield to all other trail users and ride under control. It is a great challenge to keep Santa Barbara's Front Country trails open to mountain bikes. Many trails are already closed and just few remain. Therefore, the loss of just one would be huge. Be cool, be friendly, and have fun!

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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Granny Gear

May 11, 2017
Review: My favorite "home" trail. This is one of the best trails I've ever ridden because it's so well rounded. The uphill is a great workout with wonderful views. It also connects to Camino Cielo making it a great starting point for really long epic rides. The downhill is a blast. The lower section has been groomed and filled a bit in the last several months, but it's still a challenge. It used to be pretty tough to ride the whole thing down without getting off (aside from the couple river crossings), but now it's completely ridable for an intermediate rider. The upper single track isn't that great, but who cares? just shoot back down the "road" you came up, which is more like a singletrack these days anyway, and then connect with the lower DH section for the rest of the ride down.

Granny Gear

November 2, 2015
Copealish Granny Gear  
Review: Fast and at times rocky single track down the gut of the canyon. Full suspension suggested for a more enjoyable ride. The climb up Romero fire road is pretty easy with killer views. I suggest riding road back down if you are a beginner rider. Trail is in good shape on weekends there are a lot of hikers. A little more difficult downhill than surrounding trails like Jesusita and Girard.


November 29, 2014
Gawin Trailblazer  
Review: A great climb and scenery


June 23, 2013
Jared13 Epic  
Review: A fire road that turns into singletrack the higher you get. The entire trail resembles a figure eight if you take the road up and the steep singletrack down. It's just over six miles up alms right around four miles down. The road going up has a few technical sections which are pretty fun. The singletrack descent starts out a bit loose and after you pass the intersection the rock gardens start to come into play.


November 27, 2011
Lalo23 Poseur  
Review: When mtn. biking Romero, remember that like almost all of Santa Barbara County, you must go uphill steeply and then keep doing it till you turn around and go back downhill the way you came. Romero starts off as a fire road and turns to some nice semi techical and technical single track. But if you are not in great shape, you will be too tired to enjoy the downhill return. If you want Nor Cal style mixed riding, you may have to go all the way down to Chesbro instead.

Bunny Hop

November 15, 2008
rsmarg Bunny Hop  
Review: The climb up via the service road is still pretty tame since the entire thing was dozed for the fires two years ago. The Romero Trail, though, is still as fun as ever. The service road climb used to turn to singletrack about 1/3 way up with some nice challenging, technical sections, but that's all gone. After the road was dozed some technical features remained, but those have been removed. The good news, though, is that you can see the trail is starting to get reclaimed. The descent on Romero Trail is still great. Its pretty dry and dusty, although the creek is running nicely.

Similar Trail: Jesusita

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