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Camuesa Connector Trail - Los Padres National Forest Trail Distance 3.81 Miles
Trail crosses the Santa Ynez River and meanders four miles up the south slope of the river canyon to tie into Romero Camuesa Rd. Directions: From Santa Barbara Hwy 101, 10 miles NW on Hwy 154, 9 miles East on Paradise.
Wilderness Area:Non Wilderness Area
County:Santa Barbara County
Ranger District:Santa Barbara Ranger District
Water Sources:No Water Available
Trail Condition:Good - Trail is easy to follow and is in good shape
This is a partial survey from the Santa Ynez River trailhead to the first lookout point 1.4 miles from the trailhead. Although this section of the trail is easy to follow, there are some sections that could stand a little clearing. At this time of year, the river is usually dry making the initial crossing easy. Heavy rains this spring erased the nice rock-lined pathway across the river, but the crossing is short and easy to follow. The first mile up to the point where the trail starts up the small canyon is in good shape, but virtually all water bars are gone. The next 0.1 mile into the canyon is also in good shape, but the grass is at least waist-high on either side of the trail. The segment starting a 1.1 mile to 1.2 mile is fine for hikers, but a little difficult for bikers as the trail is fairly deeply incised into the ground. Cutting the sides down to make it wider and installing some water bars would make it a lot easier for bikers. The remainder of the distance to the lookout area is in good, but slightly eroded shape.
This is a nice, little-used trail. I pushed my bike up this trail from Paradise Road to the Romero Camuesa Road, from there I biked downhill all the way to Upper Oso campground and back to the Camuesa Connector trailhead, where I had left my car. But in order to save yourself pushing your bike uphill, it's best to leave the bike at Upper Oso campground, and drive to the Camuesa Connector trailhead, along Paradise Road. Then hike the Camuesa Connector trail to the road, and walk along the road to Upper Oso, where your bike will be waiting. From there, it is an easy, mostly downhill bike ride back to the car.
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When visiting the Los Padres always remember to pack extra water for any trip! Many Trails listed may be unmaintained, always plan ahead, check weather report, know your risks and level of ability.