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Explore the best rated trails in Isla Vista, CA, whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Santa Maria Valley Multi-Purpose Trail and Omer Rains Coastal Bike Trail . With more than 13 trails covering 46 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Santa Maria River Levee Trail


January, 2024 by r729x5b7bn

Not a good trail for recumbent bikes! All entrances are either impossible to enter or the ride is too short before entering confusing pathways and blocked off areas. This is really a walking path for locals, and should be removed from this app?

Rincon Bike Trail

Bring ear plugs

January, 2024 by dmurphy52

This short trail is a bit of an engineering marvel. Smooth pavement, beautiful scenery, and because it is within feet (separated by an impressive and artistic barrier) of Highway 101, very LOUD. Good luck if you're trying to have a conversation with a fellow rider.

Nice small capacity parking lot at the southern end. Very safe for a family outing, though a bit of caution will be needed in the one street crossing in La Conchita. At the northern end there is a beautiful park, suitable for picnics, and with nice ocean overlooks.

I ride about 20 miles/day, and found the trail a bit short, and a bit too noisy. One of my brothers, who doesn't ride at all on a regular basis, and who is less sensitive to noise than I am, found the trail "perfect". And there you have it!

Ventura River Trail

Like Paris-Roubaix

September, 2023 by tomspeirce

Nice trail but when I rode it this summer a large section was still covered in gravel from last winter's rainstorms and mud/rockslides. Not sure if it's been cleaned yet but if you are on skinny tires be prepared.


Santa Barbara Beach Trail

Great views, good for families

September, 2023 by staceylydon

Easy bike ride and nice walk for families.

Santa Maria Valley Multi-Purpose Trail


July, 2023 by danistentzel

This is an easy trail with plenty of room for two lanes headed in opposite directions. It's very nice on a bike, or just for walking!

Santa Maria River Levee Trail

Caution, gates locked

February, 2023 by rhondarr66

I accessed the trail from Nipomo as a means to bicycle over the river. All the gates were padlocked. I wasn’t able to exit. Thankfully a guy helped me lift my bike over the fence while I crawled under.

Santa Maria River Levee Trail

Nothing Great About this One

February, 2022 by acewickwire

Jan 2022: Parked at the Broadway (exit 173) access. Tight entrance gate to get bike through. The levee is very wide with a gravel surface. We only rode from our access point to the West end of the trail where the levee is fenced and signs indicate end of access. Returned to our access point and called it quits. Saw no reason to go further. Nothing special about this trail, flat and wide.

Santa Maria Valley Multi-Purpose Trail

Ok Trail

February, 2022 by acewickwire

Jan 2022: We parked at the Hagerman Sports Complex and rode both directions from there. Trail surface is paved smooth and wide enough. Heading south trail signage indicates end of trail but trail picks up again after crossing Skyway Dr. Okay ride to end. There is a stop with three information panels about military and aviation history of the area.

Calleguas Creek Bike Path

Locked Gate :(

October, 2021 by shannongirl01

I went to this trail the other day to rollerblade. After looking at pictures here I was really excited to finally have a place in TO to rollerblade I was sad to find that after maybe going half a mile there was a locked gate with what looked like construction on the other side.

'm not sure if the trail was just closed when I got there or if it's permanently closed, but it was a bummer to drive 20 minutes just to go back and forth on the part of trail available to me and zoom around the parking lots. If this is a fluke pls let me know because I want a place to rollerblade.

Calleguas Creek Bike Path

Family trail!

March, 2021 by janessaruvalcaba2010

Really great trail for families with kids.

Ojai Valley Trail

Awesome rail trail!

February, 2021 by pittsracer

I’ve been riding this trail a couple times a week since I found it. With very few interruptions or vehicle crossings, this is a great trail for settling in and peddling away.

Ventura River Trail


October, 2020 by kampfgregory_tl

The old Petro Chem plant which is pictured in the main photo is now (Oct. 2020) being cleaned up. The area is almost cleared and cleaned. What an improvement. Time for a new feature photo.

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