Cycling in Santa Barbara

Short but beautiful trail near the Biltmore.
Short but beautiful Class I trail in Montecito, southeast of Santa Barbara, near the Biltmore.  A combination of Class I and Class II routes take the rider from Santa Barbara to charming Carpinteria.  See page 64 (Ride SB1 – Option 2). Montecito is the land of Oprah Winfrey, and more recently Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi.
Cabrillo Beach Trail, Santa Barbara.  Link to destinations north and south along the coast.  See maps on pages 61 & 65.
Cabrillo Beachway Trail, Santa Barbara. Link to destinations north and south along the coast. See maps on pages 61 & 65.
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Surprisingly Bikeable Bakersfield

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Bakersfield has an active bike culture and bike advocacy group, http://www.bikebakersfield.org, along with the 32-mile scenic Kern River Parkway bike trail. The http://www.kernriverparkway.org group is working to add even more bike trail miles. Cycle out past riparian vegetation along the trace of the Kern River from near I-5 to the west, east across town, past SR 99. Connect to the pretty Ming Lake area, the Basque restaurants downtown, and Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace that celebrates the city’s country music heritage. enCYCLEpedia Southern California describes these routes in detail.

The Kern River Parkway is a riparian oasis with a good potential to see wildlife.
The Kern River Parkway is a riparian oasis with a good potential to see wildlife.
The east side of town is oil production land, but is scenic in its own right, especially along the riverside trail.
The east side of town is oil production land, but is scenic in its own right, especially along the riverside trail.
Ming Lake, Kern River, Bakersfield, CA
Ming Lake is in the upper section of the Kern River bike trail, on the far side of the lake as shown. This area also has a public campground, golf course and the C.A.L.M. zoo.
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Rattlesnake Trail forms part of the connection between the Ming Lake area, central Bakersfield and the Kern River Trail.

The easy scenic cycling adventures of Richard Fox, author of the 2014 (2nd Ed 2017) guidebook "enCYCLEpedia Southern California – The Best Easy Scenic Bike Rides."