RiderPlanet USA Motorcycle And ATV Trails
HomeFind ATV TrailsATV and Dirt Bike ArticlesCalendar of ATV and Motorcycle EventsSupport CenterDonate
Help Scroll down for OHV area contact information and regulations. Select a photo to enlarge.

Divide Peak OHV Route

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Alt Names

Santa Ynez Valley, Rafael Mountains, Los Padres National Forest, San Ysidro Creek, Romero Canyon Creek, Santa Barbara Ranger District, 5N12.1, 26W21

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Los Padres National Forest offers around 12 miles of trails that provide excellent views of Santa Barbara, Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands and surrounding mountains. The trail system mainly consists of rocky fire roads with some steep technical sections, a few designated single track motorcycle trails and a natural terrain motocross track.

ATVs and UTVs are not permitted on the single track trails (located near the mx track), and while they are allowed on the main trail (5N12.1), four wheelers are not recommended due to the rugged and narrow terrain. Beginners, ATV and UTV riders are advised to check out nearby Camuesa/Upper Osso Area which has wider and easier terrain.

Dispersed camping is permitted throughout the forest but there are some designated campgrounds nearby. Note that there is no direct trail access from the campgrounds, so unless street legal you will have to haul your bike to and from the staging area.

The trailhead is located about 20 miles east from the turnoff for Hwy 154 and East Camino Cielo, which is usually closed before, during and after a storm, so check with the Santa Barbara Ranger District at (805) 967-3481 before heading out.

OHV Area Map... Driving Map... Best Nearby OHV Areas...

***ANNOUNCEMENTS*** (October 2016)

Warning For ATVs and UTVs

If you are riding an ATV or UTV, and particularly if you are renting or you are inexperienced, please note that this area is very difficult and not appropriate for beginners. Trail use by ATVs is discouraged by trail managers due to its high difficulty and the large number of injuries or extractions each year. Also some people have been chipping around the gate to get UTVs in. Remember, 50 inches means 50 inches and constant violations are a good way to get any place shut down so please obey the rules.


Nearest CitySanta Barbara, CA
AddressCamuesa Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013
Go Back To California List
Street Map
Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Santa Barbara, CA
1) Take Hwy 154 north about 8 miles
2) Turn right (east) on East Camino Cielo, continue about 18 miles
3) Continue straight onto dirt road (road name changes to Camuesa Road), continue 1.3 miles
3) Staging area is on the left (north).


AreaTrail, Track
LandNational Forest


Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)


Miles Of Trail12
Climate TypeForest
Elevation2500 to 3000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis OHV area has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe OHV area has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis OHV area has no sandy areas.None
MudThe OHV area has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe OHV area has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis OHV area has some rocks.Some
TreesThe OHV area has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis OHV area has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe OHV area has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis OHV area has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis OHV area has no large jumps.None
BermsThe OHV area has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
ShadeThis national forest has few shaded areas.Few
HazardsThis OHV area has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis OHV area has no beginner terrain.None
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis OHV area has little intermediate level terrain.Little
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis OHV area has mostly expert terrain.Mostly
MX TRACK  Motocross Track
Max Engine SizeNo Maximum
Min Engine SizeNo Minimum


Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from Oct 1 to April 30
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate and narrow terrain
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome AreasNot Recommended
CA OHMVR stickers required
(maximum width 50 inches)
permitted on Trail 5N12.1
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSProhibitedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
ProhibitedCA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Certain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trail
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.


Parking ($0.00)
EntryYes ($5.00 per person)
Adventure Pass Required
RidingNo ($0.00)
Tent: $5.00
RV: $5.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Middle Santa Ynez Campground Fee (Adventure Pass Required)


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (SW)Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (805) 682-7111
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (S)Chevron (805) 969-2594
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (S)Chevron (805) 969-5845
Potable Water Water20-30 Miles (SW)Ocean Mesa RV and Campground (866) 410-5783
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (SW)Ocean Mesa RV and Campground (866) 410-5783
RV Dump Station RV Disposal20-30 Miles (SW)Ocean Mesa RV and Campground (866) 410-5783
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (N)Middle Santa Ynez Campground (805) 967-3481
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (S)Montecito Village Grocery (805) 969-1112
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (S)East Beach (805) 564-5418
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteRomero Canyon Creek
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (SW)Boat Launch Mini Mart (805) 962-5898


Contact InfoLos Padres National Forest - Santa Barbara Ranger District
3505 Paradise Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 967-3481



Divide Peak OHV Area Photo

Divide Peak OHV Route OHV Area

Views of the Pacific Ocean at the top of the ridge. Photo Submitted 1/20/2012 (Thanks!)

Divide Peak OHV Area Photo

OHV at Divide Peak OHV Route OHV Area

Most of the trails are hard packed with scattered loose rocks. Photo Submitted 7/21/2013 (Thanks!)

Divide Peak OHV Area Photo

Scenery from Divide Peak OHV Route OHV Area

The trails provide nice views of the San Rafael Mountains. Photo Submitted 1/20/2012 (Thanks!)

Divide Peak OHV Area Photo

Divide Peak OHV Route OHV Area

Photo Submitted 7/29/2016 (Thanks!)

Divide Peak OHV Area Photo

Divide Peak OHV Route OHV Area

Photo Submitted 7/29/2016 (Thanks!)

Divide Peak OHV Area Photo

Divide Peak OHV Route OHV Area

Photo Submitted 7/29/2016 (Thanks!)

Copyright © 2016 Misirena Digital, LLC All Rights Reserved. Home  |   ATV Trails  |   Articles  |   Calendar  |   Support Center  |   Good Stuff