Northwest of Santa Barbara and northeast of Santa Maria in the Los Padres National Forest, the Rock Front OHV Area has miles of trails open to ATV riding.
To reach the Rock Front OHV trailhead from Santa Maria, head north on US101 for about 4 miles. Turn right heading east on SR166 for about 35 miles. Turn left heading north on Cable Corral Road (FS30S02) for 0.5 miles to trailhead. All the trails are located north of SR166.
Here is a description of the routes located within the Rock Front OHV Area along with their status:
19 - Escondido (Currently closed due to private property issues)
19a - Escondido (Currently closed due to private property issues)
20 - Chamise (Currently closed due to private property issues)
21 - Alamo (Currently closed due to private property issues)
22 - Shaw Ridge (4 mi) - This route leaves the Twin Rocks Route on a spur ridge that drops into the Alamo Creek drainage. It is a dead-end trail. A very steep section of trail exists at the end of this route and specialized equipment is recommended. This section is recommended for advanced riders.
25 - Los Machos (2 mi) - This route is a good route for beginning riders. It is located on the main ridge top of the Los Machos Hills. The route dead-ends at a locked gate.
26 - Paradise (2 mi) - This route provides access to Paradise Campground and Los Machos Route. It is best suited for intermediate riders due to a steep section along the route. The route des-ends at a locked gate. Turn around and go back to the starting point.
27 - Branch Creek (4 mi) - This route provides access to Buck Spring Campground parallels the Big Rock route and offers a loop ride.
28 - Big Rocks Road (4 mi) - This trail is primarily used by 4x4s and ATVs. It is located on a main ridge top and intersects with both the Jack Spring and Branch Creek routes.
29 - Jack Spring (1 mi) - This trail is accessible from the Big Rocks and Branch Creek routes and is well suited for intermediate riders. Some steep sections exist along this route making it a challenge for the best intermediate riders.
30 - Twin Rocks (5 mi) - This route intersects Shaw Ridge and dead-ends at a locked gate. The first half-mile of this trail is steep. Once on top of the ridge you have an excellent view of the Cuyama Valley and the Santa Lucia Range.
31 - Kerry Canyon (6 mi) - This trail must be accessed through Colson Canyon or Sierra Madre. The trail is highly technical and is recommended for advanced motorcycle riders only.
Note: As of September 2007, ATV riding is only permitted on Forest Service roads with vertical number signs. All ATVs must have a valid California Green ATV sticker. ATV riding is prohibited on Forest Service roads with horizontal number signs.
Overall, Rock Front OHV Area is the 84th most popular ATV riding trail of all 106 ATV trails in California.