Goleta Bike Path (Obern Trail) - Cycling

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This 21-mile bike path is flat, paved, and perfect for a nice beachside ride.

Written by

Courtney Johnson


21.0 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

2 hours

30 min - 3 hours


All Seasons

Dog Friendly




With parking at Goleta Beach and multiple access points, the Goleta "Obern Trail" Bike Path, is a nicely paved, flat, twenty-one mile loop. You can fill up your water bottles at the beach pre or post-ride, and use the restrooms if you need. There is also a restaurant and snack bar to refuel after your ride. There's also the La Cumbre shopping center where you can refuel or stop for a break if needed.

What Makes It Great

The ride takes you through UCSB's coastal campus, tours through the lemon groves, and follows the Obern Trail past the location of some old Chumash villages, before ending back at Goleta Beach. Following Atascadero Creek, a dirt road runs adjacent to much of the path offering a softer dirt surface for runners. The bike route is well marked with a designated two-way pathway that isn't very fit for dogs as a result of heavy human traffic. For a longer route, connect to More Mesa from the path by turning onto Puente and Shoreline Dr.

Who is Going to Love It

This is a casual ride, though you can make a long day out of it by riding the entire distance of the path. It's a good way to ride, mix in a little beach time or a good bite to eat, and ride home. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Start your ride from Goleta Beach. The physical address is 5986 Sandspit Rd, Goleta, CA 93117. 

Written by Courtney Johnson for RootsRated.

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