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.
Romero Canyon Trail Updates
Update trail conditions
Posted: November 3, 2011, 12:28 pm
Got out to Romero this past Monday (Halloween). We took the fire road (long way) up to Camino Cielo/the water tower. The road is as good as always, though some areas are becoming a bit overgrown. Spider-season was out in full force, too, as evidenced by some large and beautiful orb weavers. Temps were in the low 70's the whole way and round trip, it took us about 4 hours. I've posted all of the pics here if anyone is interested: http://outdoorsincali.com/2011/11/01/10-31-11-romero-canyon-water-tower-via-romero-fire-road/
Posted: January 3, 2011, 3:34 pm
by: Cross Tie Walker
Took a quick hike along the Kryptor use trail and then down the upper Romero Trail to Blue Canyon yesterday (Sunday, 1/2/2011).
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/
Posted: January 1, 2011, 11:52 pm
The pup and I did a quick run up the romero loop tonight just around sunset. The trail is in great shape and the creek has a nice amount of water in it. Nice and cool up higher in the canyon.
Great way to start the new year!
Posted: March 15, 2010, 3:04 pm
Hiked this trail as part of a longer loop hike over the weekend. I started at the top at Camino Cielo and followed the trail (to the east) as opposed to the dirt road, down to the trailhead. Overall the trail is in good shape aside from maybe a small slide or two near the upper reaches. These can be easily crossed without any problems.
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
The difference in difficulty between this hike and a 3.5 like 3 Pools is huge! There's no rock climbing, but purely in terms of leg and cardio fatigue, this hike is much more difficult, since it's mostly a very steady uphill climb. I managed to complete the hike to the water tower and back down the same way, but I don't think I'll do it in the mid-afternoon during summer again, unless I manage to get my fitness level up. My more athletic friends (martial arts instructors) didn't have as much trouble with it, but another friend and I really suffered on some of those steeply inclined switchbacks.
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.
Posted: July 24, 2009, 9:49 am
Been hiking this trail a lot lately. The loop trail is in good shape (up the canyon, down the old Romero Rd). There's still a little bit of water running in the creek too.
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!
Posted: September 10, 2007, 9:00 am
Great hike! There was still plenty of water, despite the lack of rain. We took the alternate route down from the top (from the water tower all the way down Romero Canyon Rd.) which turned out to be a lot longer than we expected. The directions are a little vague about this route. Our hike ended up being 10.2 miles instead of 6! In case you're curious, here's the route length, courtesy of Google maps:
Romero Canyon Rd. (E. Camino Cielo to Bella Vista Dr.)
Posted: November 21, 2005, 12:39 pm
My Girlfriend and I hiked this trail over the weekend. We are from Los Angeles and left town around 11am. I suggest to anyone leaving Los Angeles to leave earlier as we ran into one hell of traffic jam.
We finally arrived at cpm to the trail. We were relieved to see a lot of shade, hear the sound of water, and no traffic. The trail was beautiful and fragrant. We climbed to the top and arrived, Im guessing, around 5pm. This is not a good thing for those of you who want to do the same as the sun was beginning to set and fast. We had to hike down in the dark, thankfully we used the Edison road which was relatively with out incident albeit a few rocks we stumbled over. Good lesson learned: Bring a flash light. Especially if your unfamiliar with the area. It could help you out considerably.
All in all thoe it was a great hike, beatiful weather, and the people were friendly and mountain bikers were considerate. I'm going again!
Posted: November 6, 2005, 9:51 pm
I hiked this trail on Nov. 5. I liked it a lot because of the shaded spots and the creek that we followed during the first section. There was a pool of cool water that we passed and dipped our heads into to cool off. You are exposed to the sun the last portion of the trail so bring sun screen and lots of water. The views of Santa Barbara, the Channel Islands, Montecito and the shore line are great.
Posted: August 21, 2005, 10:33 pm
Probably no one else would make this obvious mistake, but I thought I'd post it just in case!
The directions tell you that shortly after you cross the stream at 1/2 mile, you'll see a sign for the trail on the left. Just to let you know - immediately after you cross the stream, the road splits. We thought the left way must be "the trail on the left", even though we couldn't find any sign. It turned out to be a long dirt road that is probably a service road for the power lines. It is very steep at points, and was a good workout! We finally turned around after about 1.5 miles and went back to the initial stream crossing, and took the right fork which quickly led to the trail sign. So we did get to hike on the actual trail, which was much prettier. Happy hiking!