Little Pine Mountain:19 Miles; 3300′ elevation gain; 12 Mile Climb; 7 Mile Descent; 4 MPH Average Speed

This weekend, my neighbor Seth and I went for my second ever Mountain Bike Ride in the Santa Ynez Recreation Area. We started in the Upper Oso Campground at 1,093 feet and made our 12 mile climb 3,300 feet to the peak of Little Pine Mountain. There was nothing Little about this ride, the climb was brutal and sustained.

Me at the 3 mile mark - Our Destination is the Peak in the Background, 9 Miles away

In the image above, we are at the 3 mile mark and Line Pine is in the background over 9 riding miles away. The climb on the fire trail was somewhat moderate, other than a few steep sections during the first 3 miles, the grade was basically long and sustained, becoming a test of endurance and willpower more than anything. By the time we reached the seven mile mark, we had turned the corner on the ridge – to the right of the sign above – and steadily made our way across the peak until we reached the summit.

We are on the backside of the ridge that was seen int he earlier photo

One of the wild things about the climb was all of the motorcycles that share the road, we always felt safe when they were passing us, but it was a bit unnerving when we realized that the motorcycles that started on the trail just before we did had not passed us on their return trip until we reached the seven mile mark. Either we were moving incredibly fast or we had to accept the fact that we still had a long time to go until we reached the summit.

Preparing to make our descent

By the time we reached the summit, my legs were done! I was so pleased with what I had just accomplished, especially since this was my second time ever mountain biking, we had made it, but I have never worked that hard in my life. The view was gorgeous, we could see the Channel Islands in the distance and our eventual finish line 3,000 below. We made the 7 mile downhill ride in just under 1 hour reaching a top speed of 25 MPH while going through about four different climates along the way. A few sketchy traverses and three or four leg cramps later, we arrived in the parking lot with enough time to lay on the asphalt and sigh.

As a matter of fact, this photo was most definitely staged.

Here is a map following our ride up the road and down the single track trail:

MotionX-GPS on the iPhone and is sharing with you the following track:

Name: Little pine mtn with Enare
Date: Feb 26, 2012 1:27 pm
Map: View on Map
Distance: 18.8 miles
Elapsed Time: 4:10:16
Avg Speed: 4.0 mph
Max Speed: 25.0 mph
Avg Pace: 14′ 55″ per mile
Min Altitude: 1,093 ft
Max Altitude: 4,368 ft
Start Time: 2012-02-26T21:27:54Z
Start Location:  
  Latitude: 34.557257º N
  Longitude: 119.771099º W
End Location:  
  Latitude: 34.557297º N
  Longitude: 119.771149º W
Hopefully some more rides coming soon.
2 Responses to “Little Pine Mountain:19 Miles; 3300′ elevation gain; 12 Mile Climb; 7 Mile Descent; 4 MPH Average Speed”
  1. Jack Elliott says:

    Gorgeous weather for a ride! So atypical of Santa Barbara. (<——That there is sarcasm. :)) Maybe one of these days I'll do some maintenance on my Santa Cruz Heckler and get riding again.

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