Lake Los Carneros - Mountain Biking

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One of the most beginner-friendly mountain bike trail systems in the area.

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Courtney Johnson


0.1 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

8.7 miles


1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

1-2 hours


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


Land Website

Lake Los Carneros



Featuring some of the mellowest dirt in the area, the trails around Lake Los Carneros are perfect for beginners. There are miles of trails to choose from, ranging from easy asphalt to hard-packed dirt. There's also a main path circling the lake, if you're looking for something simple.

What Makes It Great

The trails are wide enough to accommodate bikers, walkers and runners. There is very little shade, so bring the sunscreen and water. There are services onsite as well as additional family activities to enjoy, and you're constantly accompanied by mountain and lake views. Great recreational area for the family!

Who is Going to Love It

It's a family friendly setting, so the rides are perfect for kids and beginning mountain bikers. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

From Santa Barbara, take the 101 northbound to the Los Carneros exit located in Goleta. Go right off the exit and head 0.4 miles to the parking area at Stow House / South Coast Railroad Museum. There is a path that leads to the lake trails here. 


Lake Los Carneros

Los Carneros Rd at Calle Real
Goleta, CA, 93117
34.441771, -119.84879

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