Figueroa Mountain

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Start from downtown Los Olivos heading southeast. Ride the route counter clockwise as it’s less steep and a dirt road section on Happy Canyon Road is better handled going up than down. This 40-mile loop climbs relentlessly offering great views along the route. It’s the signature ride of the Santa Ynez Valley. Linger near the summit where you’ll enjoy vistas … Read More

Refugio Pass

Challenging

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

Santa Maria to Los Olivos

Challenging

Today’s gorgeous and more challenging ride along Foxen Canyon Road takes you into lovely Los Olivos. By the time you get to Fess Parker Winery you’ll deserve a break; while you’re indulging note that your next winery is nearby at the Firestone Vineyard. Feel like splurging? Book your stay at the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn and Spa in downtown … Read More

Christine’s Los Olivos Loop

Challenging

The Santa Ynez Valley (Spanish for Saint Agnes) offers some of the best bike riding in Santa Barbara County on small and quiet roads all year round. This 40+ mile ride goes through areas planted with wine grapes mixed in with rolling hills, ancient oak trees, cattle and horse ranches. I love it because it reminds me of the family … Read More

Foxen Canyon Road

Moderate

Will this be your favorite Central California Coast route? It is for many. Foxen Canyon Road has it all – this out and back ride from Los Olivos may become your favorite, too. There’s a lot to like. Little Los Olivos has grown into a large wine-tasting center. Are there 10 or 20 wine tasting rooms here? You’ll lose count, … Read More