Romero Canyon Trail
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|For:||Uphill, long if you go all the way to the top|
Romero Canyon is a popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers. The trail is shady and along a creek bed for the first half. There is a strong scent of bay laurel in the air. The creek almost always has plenty of water, making the first half of the hike a tranquil forest hike. Then about 2 miles up, there is a junction with a fire road. Mountain bikers often use this road because it offers a challenge without being a complete death trap. Follow the trail instead of the road for a challenging climb up and over the Santa Ynez range to East Camino Cielo Rd, which is a dirt road where the trail meets. Follow East Camino Cielo leftward to the water tower and follow the old fire road back down to the junction. Then choose to follow the shady trail or the interesting, shaley road back to the trailhead.
There are wonderful views of Montecito and the ocean from the summit of this trail, and sweeping vistas of the wild back country when you reach East Camino Cielo Rd. Keep your eyes open where the trail meets East Camino Cielo for a rusty sign announcing Romero Trail continuing down the hill into Blue Canyon, a nice destination for a backpack trip.
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Posted: June 11, 2014, 10:01 pm
A lot of loose rocks (golf ball to baseball size) on the lower half of the old road made footing a little challenging at times.
We were passed by a lot of mountain bikers. ALL were very courteous and mindful of hikers (so appreciated!).
Posted: April 20, 2014, 1:57 pm
The creek was flowing nicely, and there were a fair amount of nicely colored wildflowers along the trail. The views from the top and from Romero Saddle were nice, but the lower portions of the road got kind of tedious and boring. I think doing the trail as a figure nine might be better.
Posted: September 13, 2013, 3:38 am
Posted: September 5, 2013, 9:16 pm
i yelled to stay and leave me alone.. nature at it's best
Posted: November 3, 2011, 12:28 pm
Posted: January 3, 2011, 3:34 pm
by: Cross Tie Walker
East Camino was covered in snow from Knapp's to just past Cold Spring saddle; we had flurries as we dropped down to Kryptor, which turned into rain a bit later as we were heading down Romero. Both trails are in great shape, though head room is at a premium for much of the descent to Kryptor.
By the time we got to the junction in Blue Canyon, it was a steady rain, and as we climbed back out it was just pouring. As we drove back along East Camino Cielo we saw that nearly all the snow except for area immediately around La Cumbre had been melted in the rain. A great day for hiking!
A few pics at http://www.flickr.com/photos/umotamba/sets/72157625734292260/ steep
Posted: January 1, 2011, 11:52 pm
Great way to start the new year!
Posted: March 15, 2010, 3:04 pm
The stream is running pretty steady and everything is nice and lush at the moment. Views from top were great!
Posted: August 26, 2009, 7:20 pm
But it is a very beautiful hike. The trail is in excellent condition, the views are spectacular, and there's still a tiny bit of water in the creek. Flies buzzed at my ears and bit my legs the entire way up and down, much moreso than at any other SB trail I've done, so bring insect repellant. Also, there were hundreds of ladybugs at the first creek crossing. Pretty cool, unless that sort of thing creeps you out. backpack
Posted: July 24, 2009, 9:49 am
MTF recently completed a new bench and hitching post on top of one of the peaks off the catwalk to the west of Romero Canyon. It's a short but steep hike up the catwalk and is worth the views in the cooler morning/evening hours. The bench is beautiful!