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Divide Peak OHV Route

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Other 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 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 trails.

Dispersed camping is permitted throughout the forest but there are some designated campgrounds nearby (Adventure Pass required). 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 before heading out.

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Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from Oct 1 to April 30
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state not listed must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust 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 Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedCA 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 UTV & 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
2 Stroke EnginesCertain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trail
Rule Enforcement


Approx Size6,400 acres (10 sq mi)
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


AreaMotorized Trails, MX Track
LandNational Forest
MX TRACK  Motocross Track
Max Engine SizeNo Maximum
Min Engine SizeNo Minimum



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


ParkingYes ($5.00)
Adventure Pass Fee - $5/day or $30/year
Tent: $5.00
RV: $5.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Middle Santa Ynez Campground Fee (Adventure Pass Required)


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


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!)

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