North of Santa Barbara in the Los Padres National Forest, the Sage Hill Horse Campground is a great base for exploring 35 miles of trails. This route is popular with mountain bikers, ATV riders and dirt bikers, so keep alert.
To reach the trailhead from Santa Barbara, head north on US101 to SR154 (use State Street exit). Head northwest on SR154 over the pass and then right onto Paradise Road. Head east on Paradise Road for about 8 miles to the Lower Oso Picnic Area. Turn left heading north up the paved Buckhorn Road for 1 mile to the Upper Oso Campground. There is a designated trailhead parking area to the east of the campground near a locked gate at the start of a dirt road.
Overall, Sage Hill is the 30th most popular horse trail of all 81 horseback rides in California.