Santa Barbara, CA Trails and Maps

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Explore the best rated trails in Santa Barbara, CA. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Omer Rains Coastal Bike Trail and Fillmore Bike Path. With more than 12 trails covering 43 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.

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Length
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Calleguas Creek Bike Path

3 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Fillmore Bike Path

3.8 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Goleta Beach Trail

0.9 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Maria Ygnacio Bike Path

1.9 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Obern Trail

3.6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Ojai Valley Trail

9.3 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Omer Rains Coastal Bike Trail

4.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Rincon Bike Trail

3.6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

San Antonio Creek Trail

0.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Santa Barbara Beach Trail

4.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Santa Paula Branch Line Trail

2.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Ventura River Trail

5.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Callegus Creek Bike Path winds along the east side of Camarillo, a bedroom community on the outskirts of Los Angeles. The paved pathway serves as a great connector between the city's north and south...
CA 3 mi Asphalt
The Fillmore Bike Path consists of two distinct but connected trails, each offering its own unique experience for trail users. Both portions are paved and well-maintained, making the entirety of the...
CA 3.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Goleta Beach Trail is popular among students of the University of California, Santa Barbara, who use it to travel between campus and Goleta Beach Park. The trail follows the seashore from campus...
CA 0.9 mi Asphalt
The paved Maria Ygnacio Bike Path follows the creek of the same name, from the Atascadero Creek Trail near Patterson Avenue north to Pintura Drive at Ribera Drive. It also intersects the San Antonio...
CA 1.9 mi Asphalt
Starting at Goleta Beach State Park, the Obern Trail (formerly known as Atascadero Creek Bike Path) travels east toward Santa Barbara's center, following a flood-control channel. The paved path is a...
CA 3.6 mi Asphalt
Notice of closure: The Ventura County Public Works Agency is constructing a new bypass storm drain facility in the Casitas Springs community that will require closure of the Ojai Valley Trail from...
CA 9.3 mi Asphalt
The Omer Rains Coastal Bike Trail, named after a popular local politician and environmentalist, is an incredibly scenic route along Ventura's Pacific coast. Much of the trail offers dramatic views of...
CA 4.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Rincon Bike Trail offers both beautiful views of the Santa Barbara Channel and an important alternative to US 101 for bicyclists. The trail begins at Carpinteria State Beach's Rincon Point and...
CA 3.6 mi Asphalt
The San Antonio Creek Trail runs only 0.5 mile from the Maria Ygnacio Bike Path near Matorral Way east to University Drive near San Marcos Road. A scenic stretch of trail runs through the Tabano...
CA 0.5 mi Asphalt
The Santa Barbara Beach Trail, occasionally signed as the Coast Route, begins at Shoreline Park, a long but thin area encompassing the bluffs just west of Santa Barbara Point. The park offers plenty...
CA 4.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Stretching through the heart of the small city of Santa Paula, the Santa Paula Branch Line Trail provides an important off-road means of getting around, as well as a chance to experience some rich...
CA 2.5 mi Asphalt
The Ventura River Trail follows the former Ventura and Ojai Valley Railroad right-of-way, from just north of Ventura to Casitas Vista Road at Foster Park northeast of town. Here the trail continues to...
CA 5.5 mi Asphalt

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Trails by activity

Goleta Beach Trail

CA - 0.9 miles

The Goleta Beach Trail is popular among students of the University of California, Santa Barbara, who use it to travel between campus and Goleta Beach Park. The trail follows the seashore from campus...

Omer Rains Coastal Bike Trail

CA - 4.1 miles

The Omer Rains Coastal Bike Trail, named after a popular local politician and environmentalist, is an incredibly scenic route along Ventura's Pacific coast. Much of the trail offers dramatic views of...

Santa Barbara Beach Trail

CA - 4.5 miles

The Santa Barbara Beach Trail, occasionally signed as the Coast Route, begins at Shoreline Park, a long but thin area encompassing the bluffs just west of Santa Barbara Point. The park offers plenty...

Calleguas Creek Bike Path

CA - 3 miles

Callegus Creek Bike Path winds along the east side of Camarillo, a bedroom community on the outskirts of Los Angeles. The paved pathway serves as a great connector between the city's north and south...

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Santa Paula Branch Line Trail

CA - 2.5 miles

Stretching through the heart of the small city of Santa Paula, the Santa Paula Branch Line Trail provides an important off-road means of getting around, as well as a chance to experience some rich...

Ojai Valley Trail

CA - 9.3 miles

Notice of closure: The Ventura County Public Works Agency is constructing a new bypass storm drain facility in the Casitas Springs community that will require closure of the Ojai Valley Trail from...

Obern Trail

CA - 3.6 miles

Starting at Goleta Beach State Park, the Obern Trail (formerly known as Atascadero Creek Bike Path) travels east toward Santa Barbara's center, following a flood-control channel. The paved path is a...

San Antonio Creek Trail

CA - 0.5 miles

The San Antonio Creek Trail runs only 0.5 mile from the Maria Ygnacio Bike Path near Matorral Way east to University Drive near San Marcos Road. A scenic stretch of trail runs through the Tabano...

Ventura River Trail

CA - 5.5 miles

The Ventura River Trail follows the former Ventura and Ojai Valley Railroad right-of-way, from just north of Ventura to Casitas Vista Road at Foster Park northeast of town. Here the trail continues to...

Rincon Bike Trail

CA - 3.6 miles

The Rincon Bike Trail offers both beautiful views of the Santa Barbara Channel and an important alternative to US 101 for bicyclists. The trail begins at Carpinteria State Beach's Rincon Point and...

Fillmore Bike Path

CA - 3.8 miles

The Fillmore Bike Path consists of two distinct but connected trails, each offering its own unique experience for trail users. Both portions are paved and well-maintained, making the entirety of the...

Maria Ygnacio Bike Path

CA - 1.9 miles

The paved Maria Ygnacio Bike Path follows the creek of the same name, from the Atascadero Creek Trail near Patterson Avenue north to Pintura Drive at Ribera Drive. It also intersects the San Antonio...

Santa Barbara Beach Trail

CA - 4.5 miles

The Santa Barbara Beach Trail, occasionally signed as the Coast Route, begins at Shoreline Park, a long but thin area encompassing the bluffs just west of Santa Barbara Point. The park offers plenty...

Maria Ygnacio Bike Path

CA - 1.9 miles

The paved Maria Ygnacio Bike Path follows the creek of the same name, from the Atascadero Creek Trail near Patterson Avenue north to Pintura Drive at Ribera Drive. It also intersects the San Antonio...

Goleta Beach Trail

CA - 0.9 miles

The Goleta Beach Trail is popular among students of the University of California, Santa Barbara, who use it to travel between campus and Goleta Beach Park. The trail follows the seashore from campus...

San Antonio Creek Trail

CA - 0.5 miles

The San Antonio Creek Trail runs only 0.5 mile from the Maria Ygnacio Bike Path near Matorral Way east to University Drive near San Marcos Road. A scenic stretch of trail runs through the Tabano...

Accordion

Santa Paula Branch Line Trail

CA - 2.5 miles

Stretching through the heart of the small city of Santa Paula, the Santa Paula Branch Line Trail provides an important off-road means of getting around, as well as a chance to experience some rich...

Ventura River Trail

CA - 5.5 miles

The Ventura River Trail follows the former Ventura and Ojai Valley Railroad right-of-way, from just north of Ventura to Casitas Vista Road at Foster Park northeast of town. Here the trail continues to...

Rincon Bike Trail

CA - 3.6 miles

The Rincon Bike Trail offers both beautiful views of the Santa Barbara Channel and an important alternative to US 101 for bicyclists. The trail begins at Carpinteria State Beach's Rincon Point and...

Ojai Valley Trail

CA - 9.3 miles

Notice of closure: The Ventura County Public Works Agency is constructing a new bypass storm drain facility in the Casitas Springs community that will require closure of the Ojai Valley Trail from...

Calleguas Creek Bike Path

CA - 3 miles

Callegus Creek Bike Path winds along the east side of Camarillo, a bedroom community on the outskirts of Los Angeles. The paved pathway serves as a great connector between the city's north and south...

Obern Trail

CA - 3.6 miles

Starting at Goleta Beach State Park, the Obern Trail (formerly known as Atascadero Creek Bike Path) travels east toward Santa Barbara's center, following a flood-control channel. The paved path is a...

Fillmore Bike Path

CA - 3.8 miles

The Fillmore Bike Path consists of two distinct but connected trails, each offering its own unique experience for trail users. Both portions are paved and well-maintained, making the entirety of the...

Omer Rains Coastal Bike Trail

CA - 4.1 miles

The Omer Rains Coastal Bike Trail, named after a popular local politician and environmentalist, is an incredibly scenic route along Ventura's Pacific coast. Much of the trail offers dramatic views of...

Santa Barbara Beach Trail

CA - 4.5 miles

The Santa Barbara Beach Trail, occasionally signed as the Coast Route, begins at Shoreline Park, a long but thin area encompassing the bluffs just west of Santa Barbara Point. The park offers plenty...

Omer Rains Coastal Bike Trail

CA - 4.1 miles

The Omer Rains Coastal Bike Trail, named after a popular local politician and environmentalist, is an incredibly scenic route along Ventura's Pacific coast. Much of the trail offers dramatic views of...

Santa Paula Branch Line Trail

CA - 2.5 miles

Stretching through the heart of the small city of Santa Paula, the Santa Paula Branch Line Trail provides an important off-road means of getting around, as well as a chance to experience some rich...

Calleguas Creek Bike Path

CA - 3 miles

Callegus Creek Bike Path winds along the east side of Camarillo, a bedroom community on the outskirts of Los Angeles. The paved pathway serves as a great connector between the city's north and south...

Accordion

Fillmore Bike Path

CA - 3.8 miles

The Fillmore Bike Path consists of two distinct but connected trails, each offering its own unique experience for trail users. Both portions are paved and well-maintained, making the entirety of the...

Rincon Bike Trail

CA - 3.6 miles

The Rincon Bike Trail offers both beautiful views of the Santa Barbara Channel and an important alternative to US 101 for bicyclists. The trail begins at Carpinteria State Beach's Rincon Point and...

Obern Trail

CA - 3.6 miles

Starting at Goleta Beach State Park, the Obern Trail (formerly known as Atascadero Creek Bike Path) travels east toward Santa Barbara's center, following a flood-control channel. The paved path is a...

Ventura River Trail

CA - 5.5 miles

The Ventura River Trail follows the former Ventura and Ojai Valley Railroad right-of-way, from just north of Ventura to Casitas Vista Road at Foster Park northeast of town. Here the trail continues to...

Goleta Beach Trail

CA - 0.9 miles

The Goleta Beach Trail is popular among students of the University of California, Santa Barbara, who use it to travel between campus and Goleta Beach Park. The trail follows the seashore from campus...

Maria Ygnacio Bike Path

CA - 1.9 miles

The paved Maria Ygnacio Bike Path follows the creek of the same name, from the Atascadero Creek Trail near Patterson Avenue north to Pintura Drive at Ribera Drive. It also intersects the San Antonio...

Ojai Valley Trail

CA - 9.3 miles

Notice of closure: The Ventura County Public Works Agency is constructing a new bypass storm drain facility in the Casitas Springs community that will require closure of the Ojai Valley Trail from...

San Antonio Creek Trail

CA - 0.5 miles

The San Antonio Creek Trail runs only 0.5 mile from the Maria Ygnacio Bike Path near Matorral Way east to University Drive near San Marcos Road. A scenic stretch of trail runs through the Tabano...

Recent Trail Reviews

Rincon Bike Trail

I only wish it was longer!!

July, 2020 by ozairmari

I absolutely love this ride!! It was invigorating to have the ocean on side and the fwy on the other. And I didn’t notice the freeway noise—I was so enchanted with the scenery. It’s a must with the kids. Pack a lunch.and enjoy it on the sand

Ojai Valley Trail

Great for kids too!

July, 2020 by ozairmari

I did this ride with my girls, 14 and 10 years of age, —very doable. The incline is slow and gradual so it’s easy to take in the beautiful scenery around. We enjoyed it.

Omer Rains Coastal Bike Trail

casual ride

May, 2020 by christine3elizabeth

Lots of pedestrians and heavy traffic that slows down the ride to make it a casual ride; however the scenery is beautiful with the coastal views. To increase speed would recommend an early morning ride. The road is a mix of pavement and a few bumpy areas, predominantly flat for an easy ride. Would increase the star level if it were more strenuous, a longer ride, and traffic was better managed. Thank you for this trail.

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Calleguas Creek Bike Path

Scenic & Well Maintained Bike Path

February, 2020 by anicecupoftea2

This is one of my favorite bike paths. The white fencing outlines this path well and the gentle slopes make it a fun ride. The surrounding mountains and hillsides are gorgeous just before sunset. Ample parking and restrooms at the southern end of the trail in Pleasant Valley Fields.

Rincon Bike Trail

Great for biking & inline skating

August, 2019 by victorialu2394

Trail runs along 101 highway in between mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Beautiful view while pumping adrenaline rush of riding next to speeding cars.

Omer Rains Coastal Bike Trail

Omer Rains Coastal Bike Trail

June, 2019 by thejake91739

This is one of our favorite rides that we have done a number of times over the years when vacationing in the Ventura area. We've always ridden this trail in the summer when inland temps are sizzling, but you can count on cool, refreshing breezes and beautiful ocean and coastal views on this easy trail.
The official trail from San Buenaventura State Beach to Emma Wood State Beach is only 4.1 miles long which is why we extend it. Don't stop at Emma Wood! Continue north on Pacific Coast Highway. I know, you have to ride on the road with only a white stripe to separate you from the motor vehicles, but it seems like the only traffic is the occasional lumbering RV slowly headed to their campsite along PCH. If you take my advice, you'll definitely burn more calories and be rewarded with spectacular views of the Pacific, gawk at multi-million dollar beachfront homes, and envy relaxed vacationers enjoying their RV's.

Maria Ygnacio Bike Path

Maria Ygnacio Bike Path

March, 2019 by thejake91739

This trail is worth exploring if you want to venture into the neighborhoods of Goleta. It must be especially awesome for the residents of Goleta to be able to jump on their bikes and head to the beach or UCSB via this path and the Obern Trail!

Obern Trail

Obern Trail

March, 2019 by thejake91739

If you ride this trail, do it in conjunction with the Goleta Beach Trail or Maria Ygnacio Bike Path since it's so short. The locals must love this since for the most part it's quiet, away from roads, and leads to the beach. It seems ideal for the neighborhoods that back up to it for the last couple of miles. If I lived there I'd probably be on it most every day headed for the beach!

Goleta Beach Trail

Goleta Beach Trail

March, 2019 by thejake91739

Over the years on our visits to the Santa Barbara area, we've ridden the Goleta Beach Trail. Utilizing the probably now somewhat obsolete Santa Barbara County Bike Map (copyright 2000), we followed what was called the Coast Route. The Class I bike path starts near the corner of Storke and El Colegio, so that's where we would park and unload the bikes. In the summer months it's a great place to start your Goleta Beach ride since you add some distance to it, plus you can peddle through the nearly deserted UCSB campus to the Goleta Beach Trail trailhead.
After riding down to Goleta Beach County Park and Goleta Pier, the Coast Route turns inland allows you to pedal alongside Atascadero Creek. Today that trail is called Obern Trail, a lovely ride in itself. Another option is a spur off the Obern Trail just beyond Patterson Avenue called the Maria Ygnacio Bike Path. This will give you some uphill and through the neighborhoods of Goleta.
The Goleta Beach Trail is a beautiful, ridiculously short ride with sensational ocean and mountain views. If you are going to ride this trail, you might as well combine it with Obern and/or Maria Ygnacio and burn a few more calories!

Santa Barbara Beach Trail

Santa Barbara Beach Trail

March, 2019 by thejake91739

We rode this trail between the marina and bird refuge a few years ago. The photo op highlight was peddling our bikes between the rows of giant palm trees for that stereotypical California beach scene, but for a couple of native southern Californians palm trees are no big deal. In addition, the ride is so short it just wasn't worth getting the bikes out of the SUV.
This trail feels most appropriate for tourists, walkers, joggers, skateboarders, and vendors renting those quadcycle things to families.

Ojai Valley Trail

THE MILK RUN

March, 2019 by thejake91739

Way back in June of 1998, the Los Angeles Times had an article entitled "Joy Rides - 10 scenic bike trails for real people." Coming in at #8 was "The Milk Run." It was a 16 mile round trip through the Ojai Valley starting at Foster Park. Being the real people that we are, my wife and I rode it a year or two later during a vacation to Ventura.
Today that trail is known as the Ojai Valley Trail, and from the photos on the Rails to Trails site it looks just as beautiful as twenty years ago and appears to have had some nice upgrades added too.
I recall lots of trees, a rural atmosphere, a gentle incline, and being able to pretty much coast much of the way back to Foster Park!
(BTW: I've racked my brain and done some research, but I can't remember or find why it was referred to as The Milk Run)

Maria Ygnacio Bike Path

Good Connector Trail

January, 2019 by acewickwire

Connected to this path from the Obern Trail (see comments for that trail). Rode to end of trail. Trail follows along creek and through residential areas, although stays within the green space. Trail is paved and like others in area not real wide but does the job. Noted a number of connector trails and would have been fun to have more time to explore these connections. Maybe next time.

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