Goleta to Santa Barbara

Easy

The route takes you from the Goleta AMTRAK Station 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). Pick up the Obern Trail at Goleta Beach Park – the next several miles will take you on an off-road trail … Read More

Santa Barbara Sunday Ride

Easy

The Arlington Theatre

Some rides should start uptown, right? This one does – at the iconic Arlington Theatre. This route tastes many of Santa Barbara’s most delicious destinations. Do it in an afternoon then return uptown for dinner. This has been my favorite route for out of town visitors. Most of the time they’re arriving late, or leaving early, but they’re happy to … Read More

Passing Through

Challenging

Los Padres National Forest

Let’s assume you’re starting in San Luis Obispo. Maybe you came from the north, or maybe you took the Pacific Surfliner from San Diego or Los Angeles. Either way, you’re probably due for a layover day. You’re in luck. Maybe you’re on a tight schedule, but however you arrive, take your time on this segment. It’s worth it – you’re … Read More

Santa Barbara Sights

Easy

Courthouse Jail

History, culture, architecture and produce, too – Santa Barbara has it all and there’s nowhere better to see these sights than on this downtown ride. February marks the beginning of spring at the Santa Barbara Courthouse – it’s when the teacup magnolia trees are in full bloom. Whatever season you’re visiting you’ll find this landmark worth a long visit. Take … Read More

Mountain Drive

Moderate

Mountain Drive views

A great morning wake up 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. 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 … Read More

Goleta Beach Park

Easy

Out and back, from The Dolphins Fountain at the beach, it’s a 20-mile roundtrip route from downtown Santa Barbara to Goleta Beach Park, half off-road. Some cyclists won’t want to come back – your destination and the route there are sublime, so take your time. It’s 20-miles, out and back, from Santa Barbara to Goleta Beach Park. The miles seem … Read More