Summerland Out n' Back -

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Difficulty: Easy to Moderate • Paved or Dirt: Paved Path • Mileage: 14.4
Elevation Gain: 500 ft. •

The ride leads you past some of Montecito’s most scenic countryside and ends at Lookout Park, one of Santa Barbara’s most beautiful beaches. The park is a nice spot for a picnic or, if you prefer, breakfast or lunch at one of several spots in Summerland. On the return trip, the ride up to Ortega Ridge provides excellent views out over the coastline. You can either turn left on Ortega Ridge and return back the way you came or turn right and wander through Montecito, following your own route. There are numerous roads above (north of) East Valley Road that are well worth a few minutes of exploration.

Ride Details

  • Use Fees : None
  • Length : 14.4
  • Gain : 500
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Path : Urban streets

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Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Points of Interests: ViewpointOut & BackPicnickingBBQsCounty ParkBeach Access

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Access / Parking

Trip mileage begins at Stern's Wharf

  1. Sterns Wharf is at the bottom of State Street, at the intersection of Cabrillo and State.
  2. From Highway 101, you will need to exit either at the Garden or Castillo off ramps.
  3. Most parking areas along Cabrillo Boulevard are limited to 90 minutes.
  4. You can also start from Manning Park, which is .8 miles up San Ysidro Road.

Ride Log


0.0      Stearns Wharf—Follow the bike path to the East Beach Bathhouse. Cross Cabrillo Blvd. at the Bathhouse and continue on the bike path.

1.0      East Beach Bathhouse

2.0      Channel Drive—At the end of the bike path by the Bird Refuge, recross Cabrillo Blvd. and follow Channel Drive past the Santa Barbara Cemetery. Curve right, climb a short hill, then curve back to the left and drop down to the Biltmore.

3.0      Four Seasons Biltmore

3.3      Railroad Tracks—Danielson Road is on the right, just beyond the tracks.

3.4      Danielson Road—Turn right and follow this for a quarter mile to South Jameson Lane.

3.7      South Jameson Lane—Curve to the right onto Jameson and continue another quarter mile to San Ysidro Road.

4.0      San Ysidro Road—Cross the freeway and ride up San Ysidro (there is a bike lane) for three-forth mile to Manning Park.

4.8      Manning Park—The lower park is on the right at the stop light and the upper park on the left just after the traffic signal. The upper park is especially enchanting and provides a wonderful place for an afternoon picnic. East Valley Road and the Montecito shopping center is .1 mile further.

4.9      Entrance to upper Manning Park.

5.0      Stop Light—Turn onto Santa Rosa Lane, which is at the traffic signal and directly across from Montecito Union School. Santa Rosa goes past lower Manning Park. Bear right at the stop sign. The road curves to the left almost immmediately, then in several hundred yards turns back to the right.

5.9      San Leandro Lane—turn left. The road passes through beautiful oak forests, Montecito Mansions, and Crane School, which is on the right Mile 4.3).

6.7      Sheffield Drive—Turn right.

6.8      Ortega Hill Road—Bear to the left and ride uphill for .3 mile to Ortega. Ridge. Curve right and down into Summerland.

7.6      Summerland—Lookout Park is under the freeway overpass, and is a very nice place to enjoy the beach or a relaxing lunch. Continue through Summerland on Via Real.

8.2      Greenwell Avenue—Turn left near the pottery shack. This leads up a small canyon, then curves to the left and sharply uphill throuh grassy knolls and avocado orchards for .9 mile to Ortega Ridge.

9.4      Ortega Ridge Road—turn left and follow this back down to Ortega Hill.

10.0    Ortega Hill—Turn right and drop down to Sheffield Drive.

10.3    Sheffield Drive/North Jameson—Continue straight ahead on North Jameson for a bit more than a mile to San Ysidro Road.

11.4    San Ysidro Road. Turn left and return back to Stern’s Wharf via South Jameson, Danielson Road, Channel Drive and the East Beach bike path.

14.4    Sterns Wharf 


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Last Updated: Saturday, August 2, 2014