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

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 Rosa Road

Moderate

If you hit half of the local wineries and tasting rooms, you’ll never finish your ride: Alma Rosa, Terravant, Pench Ranch, Spear, Clos Pepe – and you’re not halfway yet. After lunch in Lompoc you’ll return via Santa Rosa Rd you’ll pass D’Alfonso & Curran, Sanford, Fiddlestix, LaFond, and Thorne near the end of this ride. Film buffs will enjoy … 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