Mountain Drive

Mountain Drive views

A great morning wake up ride!

The Ride

You’ll get your heart started – a tidy 16.4 miles long, this ride takes you up 800 feet above Santa Barbara for spectacular views from winding Mountain Drive.

Experience Level

This route is accessible to most cyclists that enjoy a good climb.

The Route

At 17 miles long, this ride takes you up 800 feet above Santa Barbara for spectacular views from winding Mountain Drive.

Your descent passes through upscale Montecito’s gated estates, historic hotels, and dining venues. Return to the start past Santa Barbara Cemetery, the Bird Refuge, and East Beach.

On the left: way above the city and ocean, the views are spectacular. On clear days you can see the Channel Islands 25 miles off shore.

Ride counter-clockwise for a more gradual ascent.

Winding Mountain Drive


Photo credit: Frank Peters