Montecito Loop -

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On the Ride


Difficulty: Easy to Moderate • Paved or Dirt: Paved Path • Mileage: 14.0
Elevation Gain: 400 ft. •

This relatively easy tour of Montecito provides access to the most beautiful of Santa Barbara’s county picnic areas—Manning Park—as well as the luxuriant forests and mansions of western Montecito. To add distance to the ride, use the map to guide you to a few of the side roads that lead off Alston Road, including Summit and Rancho roads, Camino Viejo and Glenview, as well as Eucalyptus Hill and Barker Pass.

Ride Details

  • Use Fees : None
  • Length : 14.0
  • Gain : 400
  • Difficulty : Easy to Moderate
  • Path : Urban streets

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Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

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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


On The Ride

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      Schoolhouse Road—From upper Manning Park, Schoolhouse Road is just a few yards back down San Ysidro Road. Turn right onto it. The road curves left, then right, and wanders for a half mile through lush vegetation and quaint houses to Hot Springs Road.

5.6      Hot Springs Road—Turn left. The Olive Mill intersection is .2 miles.

5.8      Olive Mill Intersection—bear to the right and continue on Hot Springs Road another .2 miles to Sycamore Canyon Road (Hy. 192). Continue through the intersection for two hundred yards to Alston Road.

6.1      Alston Road—Turn right. Alston winds gradually up through the eastern part of the Riviera for 1.5 miles. Brooks Institute wil be found along the way (4.9 miles). Note: to dadd distance to you ride, turn right at the Brooks turnoff and follow Ranch Road up to Eucalyptus Hill.

7.6      Eucalyptus Hill Road—Curve to the left. Several hundred yards past the Barker  Pass intersection Eucalyptus Hill turns left (APS goes to the right).

9.9      Eucalyptus Hill Road—Bear left and enjoy the long coast down this narrow, winding road to Salinas Street.

10.6    Salinas Street—Turn left and ride along this road for a quarter mile to Old Coast Highway.

10.8    Old Coast Highway—Diagonal to the left on what remains of the historic Coast Highway and ride for a mile past the Montecito Country Club to Hot Springs Road.

11.7    Hot Springs Road—Turn sharply to the right and ride down under the freeway overpass to the Bird Refuge, where you can return to Stearns Wharf via the bike path.

14.0    Stearns Wharf.

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Last Updated: Monday, August 4, 2014