Elings Park sits just a few miles outside of downtown Santa Barbara, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The park offers more than nine miles of mountain biking trails, as well as soccer fields, tennis courts, and a paragliding launch point. Elings’ proximity to downtown makes it a great place to explore for both the beginning mountain biker or for the more seasoned cyclist looking to get a quick workout in on the trails.
What Makes It Great
Elings Park is just 10 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara and covers more than 200 acres of hillside terrain that overlook the Pacific Ocean. The park offers more than nine miles of multiuse trails and is perfect for mountain bikers of all abilities. The relatively small size of the park means that riders can explore to their heart's content without the fear of getting lost. Riding in a loop gives riders some fun singletrack downhills, as well as a short but challenging uphill section to get the legs burning. Once you’ve climbed to the top of the park, be sure to take in the views of the mountains to the east, and the ocean to the southwest.
For the beginner to intermediate rider consider hopping on the Elings Loop Trail, a 5.2-mile ride that circumnavigates the park. If speed is what you’re in the mood for, hop on the Downhill Trail which cuts through the center of the park, zipping down 220 feet of elevation in 0.7 miles.
Who is Going to Love It
Elings Park is perfect for the early bird aiming to get in some downhilling time before work, or their evening counterpart trying to get in some time in the saddle after leaving the office. Additionally, the relatively mellow terrain of the park, as well as it’s contained size, makes it the perfect place for new mountain bikers to explore, without the fear of getting lost or onto terrain that’s outside their comfort zone.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Parking and entrance to the park are both free. Although this is a city park, please remember to practice Leave No Trace etiquette for both you and your pet. To access the mountain bike trails visitors can use either the Upper Parking Lot, accessed via Las Positas Road, or enter from Cliff Drive on the south side of the park, and use the Lower Parking Lot, which is situated at the base of the downhill bike trail.