Tunnel Trail For Mountain Biking

The 127th most popular mountain bike trail in California.

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East of Santa Barbara, the Tunnel Trail is a popular ride. It is an out-and-back ascent up about 2,500 feet of vertical. It is a really downhillers route that is rocky and loose.

To reach the Tunnel Trail trailhead from US101, use the Mission Street exit. Head northeast and turn right on Foothill Road. Then turn left on Tunnel Road. Continue on Tunnel Road to the trailhead gate.

Note: this is mountain lion country, so keep your eyes open. Also, while this route is dominated by mountain bikers, watch out for the occasional hiker. The route can be very buggy and humid in June and July.

Overall, Tunnel Trail is the 127th most popular mountain bike trail of all 132 mountain biking rides in California. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Tunnel Trail including Gibraltar / Redrock Loop, Little Pine Mountain / Happy Hollow, Romero Canyon Trail, Sierra Madre Ridge Road, Gaviota State Park and Ortega Trail.


Local Contact(s):  Los Padres National Forest (805) 967-3481; Santa Barbara Tourism (805) 965-3023; California Tourism (916) 444-4429; Cycles4Rent (805) 652-0462; Velo Pro Cyclery (805) 963-7775.

Recommended Book:  "Mountain Bike! Southern California" from Dave Story

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  State Park Campground; Harbor View Inn, Santa Barbara

Luxury Loding:  Hotel Santa Barbara; Simpson House Inn, Santa Barbara (800) 676-1280; El Encanto, Santa Barbara (800) 346-7039

Breakfast Restaurant:  Brown Pelican, Santa Barbara; Sambos, Santa Barbar

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf/

GPS:  34.464426, -119.712868

Date Published:  12/31/2015

Date Updated:  6/25/2016

ID:  22378


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