Trail Running in Santa Barbara, CA
About Santa Barbara Trail Running
The coastal mesas of the region and the many canyons and foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountain range provide endless opportunity for a trail run. Soak up coastal scenery and wildlife with mellow and mostly flat routes at places like Elwood Mesa or crank up the effort/reward factor and test your fitness against the steep switch-backs and stunning views of one of the mountain trails like Tunnel. Well-known options like Inspiration Point provide nice hybrids of long flat stretches with a few shorter climbs to up the ante on the views.
Further, though not technically trail running, Santa Barbara is also home to a holy host of beach run options. Make sure the tide is dropping and head out to places like More Mesa, the Gaviota Coast, or Montecito and enjoy a barefoot jog along the beach, your soul will thank you while your calves will most likely be whining with pain the next day.
Groups: SB Running
Retailers: Mountain Air Sports
A beautiful cliffside network of trails for you, your dogs, bikes, or horses. Enjoy secluded beach access from this trail.
This is a tough mountain run with rugged terrain, steep climbs, and high mileage.
Trail options galore in this scenic 1600-acre preserve. The trail variety and relatively low elevation changes make this a great place to go for a trail run.
Tucked between the Los Padres National Forest and the Santa Yrez River is a really beautiful plot of land with plentiful running opportunities.
The coastal town of Santa Barbara, which has long drawn visitors for its beautiful beaches, Mediterranean-inspired architecture, and world-class wineries, is also one of the state’s top paddling destinations.
All of the quintessential Santa Barbara experiences, from cruising along the beachside bike path to enjoying the region’s wineries and fine dining, are all entirely possible without a car.
With towering mountains, deep canyons, thick forests, and pristine beaches, Santa Barbara is a haven for outdoor adventurers.
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