The trail begins a quarter-mile down the East Pinery, leading down to the right and along another pine-covered ridge to an old chromium mine, with much of its equipment still in place. The beautiful white rock formation nearby is worthy of exploration, though it isn’t as easy to get to as you might wish. The trail leads to Sunset Valley Road, a half-mile below Cachuma Saddle.
From Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos, take Figueroa Mountain Road 16.0 miles to the East Pinery turnoff, three miles beyond Figueroa Mountain Campground. Park in the open dirt area located at the saddle on the backside of Ranger Peak. Look for the dirt road leading west.
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:
White Rock Trail is named after the outcroppings of brilliant white sandstone a mile down the trail and just south of the historic chromium mine. This trail is the remnant of an old jeepway which once serviced the mine, though it is now overgrown enough to seem just a trail. It provides an enjoyable way to travel from Ranger Peak to Sunset Valley Road below.
From the saddle near Ranger Peak, follow East Pinery for .a quarter-mile to the trailhead. Look carefully—it is easy to miss because it turns sharply back to the right. The route drops steeply downhill through loose Monterey Shale, across a pine-covered knoll, and then downhill again for a mile to a point where serpentine outcroppings mark the beginning of the mine tailings. There are several sections of the trail which have almost been covered over by down trees and regrowth after the Marre Fire, but a number of us plan to re-cut the upper part of the trail. It should be in good shape by the time you read this. Check the web site to make sure.
At the mine, which still has original wooden structures and camp remnants in place, the trail leads left for several hundred yards to a saddle marking the intersection of the Munch/Whiterock connector trail. It is overgrown, and you will have a tough time using it to get down into Munch Canyon.
Whiterock Trail turns sharply right and drops into Whiterock Canyon. A mile down the canyon, the trail crosses the creek and goes over a saddle, then continues down into a small unnamed creek for another quarter-mile to its end at Sunset Valley Road. From there it is three-quarters-mile to Cachuma Saddle and 3.3 miles of steady uphill back to Ranger Saddle.