Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
3,394.00 ft (1,034.49 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
8.90 mi (14.32 km)
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Romero Canyon Trail 26W14 is a 8.9-mile out-and-back trail that extends west to east through Los Padres National Forest. It begins at the Romero Canyon Trailhead on Bella Vista Road, east of Summerland, southeast of Santa Barbara, and 1.5 hours from Los Angeles. 

Romero Canyon Trail 26W14 begins by following Romero Creek. As the trail ascends into the Santa Ynez Mountains and continues further into the Los Padres National Forest backcountry, it passes shaded oak trees, chaparral, wildflowers, and panoramic vistas with ocean views. The trail crosses various dirt roads, enters Blue Canyon, and connects to the Blue Canyon Trail, which continues north and south from there.

It is a challenging trail with several steep sections and an overall elevation gain of 3,394 feet. The area is accessible throughout the year and is popular with hikers, backpackers, trail runners, and mountain bikers. 

ABOUT THE AREA

Romero Canyon lies within the Santa Ynez Mountains which are part of the Transverse Ranges of southern California. The Transverse Ranges are a series of mountain ranges that run along the Pacific Coast and are unique in that they are the only group of mountain ranges that run east-west, as opposed to the other mountain ranges in California that run north-south. 

ROMERO CANYON TRAILHEAD

Romero Canyon Trailhead is located off Bella Vista Road and offers a small parking lot. The trailhead can be crowded, especially on the weekends, so arrive early if you want a place to park. 

WATER

Water obtained from the rivers and streams should be treated prior to consumption. 

CAMPING

There are lots of camping opportunities in Los Padres National Forest that range from fully established campgrounds to the more primitive sites. For more information about camping visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/lpnf/recreation/camping-cabin

PERMITS AND PASSES

Los Padres National Forest - Designated Wilderness

Wilderness / overnight permits are not required within Los Padres National Forest. Trail use and backcountry campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For information about campfire permits and current fire restrictions please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lpnf/passes-permits/?cid=stelprdb5193333

The Adventure Pass

The Adventure Pass is a pass used for designated areas within Angeles NF, Cleveland NF, Los Padres and San Bernardino National Forests. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Recreation Current Condition

Romero Canyon Trail - USFS

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Scenic vistas. Backcountry camping. Easily accessible trailhead.

Cons

Trailhead parking can fill up quick.

Trailhead Elevation

969.00 ft (295.35 m)

Highest point

3,050.00 ft (929.64 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Backcountry camping
Wildlife
Big vistas
Horseback riding
Wildflowers

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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