Refugio Pass

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Your highway alternative

As of May 1, 2017 Refugio Road is CLOSED.
Check Santa Barbara County road closures here.

Fat tire route

Today’s your big ride – to get into Santa Barbara you must climb the coastal range, the Santa Ynez Mountains.

This route keeps you away from the highway alternatives, you’ll be climbing this quiet mountain pass far from automobiles.

Start the day with Ballard Cyn Road, the scenic route from Los Olivos to Solvang.

The Santa Ynez Valley side of Refugio Road isn’t paved to the summit – you’ll want fat tires for this climb.

After the summit the road is rough with a thousand filled potholes. Take it slow on your descent.

Goleta Beach Park

This route takes you off the freeway as you enter Goleta. Pass through UC Santa Barbara and into Goleta Beach Park where you’ll want to linger at the Beachside Bar-Cafe, (be advised – bike parking here has a lot to be desired).

The Obern Trail

Pick up the Obern Trail at Goleta Beach Park – the next several miles will take you on an off-road trail and quiet neighborhood streets. It’s well lit at night, too.

Once you’re ready to move on follow the peaceful off-road trail to Modoc Road and into Santa Barbara proper.

Crosstown Route

Modoc Road is well signed as the Crosstown Route. To avoid urban traffic follow the route map closely as you zigzag through the westside. At W. Anapamu you’ll ride up a corkscrew ramp to access the pedestrian overpass of the 101 Fwy which puts you in downtown Santa Barbara.

Photo credits: Frank Peters