This is a short trail that follows the left side of the road leading to Upper Oso Campground and provides either a short and scenic day ride or a way to and from Upper Oso without having to ride on the road.
At the Lower Oso Day Use Area, look for the beginning of the trail just across the road. Or, to bypass the first short section, ride up the road leading to Upper Oso and follow it several hundred yards. Just after crossing a bridge, look for the trail. It leads left and across a small creek.
Expectations for Riding the Santa Barbara Area Trails
Country trails are multi-use trails and as such are used by several thousand users each week. If you are riding downhill on these trails, expect to encounter them on your way. Your cooperation will help make everyone's experience a safe and pleasant one.
Ten things every mountain biker who rides the front country trails is expected to do:
This short trail is a mile in length and provides an excellent warm-up before tackling the big one—the road to Little Pine Mountain. The trail twists and winds its way through a series of meadows and a few chaparral sections to the lower end of the campground at Upper Oso. For beginners it provides a good introduction to what single-track riding is like.
If you would like to extend your bike ride, continue past the locked Forest Service gate into the narrow upper canyon. This is composed of Matilija Sandstone, the same rock found at the top of La Cumbre Peak. Three-fourths mile up the narrows you will come to the beginning of the Santa Cruz Trail. The first mile of this trail is heavily used by hikers and equestrian groups, and it is imperative you ride slowly and be constantly on the alert for them if you ride up the trail. For those who want to continue up the dirt road, see the Camuesa Connector description for more information.
On the return to Lower Oso, either follow the paved road or cruise back down the trail.