Romero Canyon is a popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers.
The trail is shady and along a creek bed for the first half. There is
a strong scent of bay laurel in the air. The creek almost always has plenty
of water, making the first half of the hike a tranquil forest hike. Then
about 2 miles up, there is a junction with a fire road. Mountain bikers often use this road because it offers a challenge
without being a complete death trap. Follow the trail instead of the road
for a challenging climb up and over the Santa Ynez range to East Camino
Cielo Rd, which is a dirt road where the trail meets. Follow East Camino
Cielo leftward to the water tower and follow the old fire road back down
to the junction. Then choose to follow the shady trail or the interesting,
shaley road back to the trailhead.
There are wonderful views of Montecito and the ocean from the summit
of this trail, and sweeping vistas of the wild back country when you reach
East Camino Cielo Rd. Keep your eyes open where the trail meets East Camino
Cielo for a rusty sign announcing Romero Trail continuing down the hill
into Blue Canyon, a nice destination for a backpack trip.
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We hiked up the 2-mile trail to the intersection and took the old road down. No water flowing on the lowest portion of the Creek, but up higher it was and the falls were pleasant. Lots of tree coverage, blue dragonflies, and poison oak on the trail climb. Even though it was June Gloom at the trailhead, there was lots of sunshine on the road down (wish we had brought sunscreen).
A lot of loose rocks (golf ball to baseball size) on the lower half of the old road made footing a little challenging at times.
We were passed by a lot of mountain bikers. ALL were very courteous and mindful of hikers (so appreciated!).
Posted by: ronschae4
Hiked this trail in a figure eight yesterday with some friends: we took the trail up, and the "road" (which is really just a trail that used to be a road) back down. We took a wrong turn early on and ended up on a service road for the power lines, but luckily it wasn't a huge detour.
The creek was flowing nicely, and there were a fair amount of nicely colored wildflowers along the trail. The views from the top and from Romero Saddle were nice, but the lower portions of the road got kind of tedious and boring. I think doing the trail as a figure nine might be better.
Posted by: Sebastian
bear romero canyon seen 9/5/2012 correction was 20-25 feet away ,
Posted by: vader
i was hiking up the trail today, i stopped herd something walking in the brush , a good 150-200 feet away,was a stunned black bear looking at me,
i yelled to stay and leave me alone.. nature at it's best
Posted by: vader
Got out to Romero this past Monday (Halloween). We took the fire road (long way) up to Camino Cielo/the water tower. The road is as good as always, though some areas are becoming a bit overgrown. Spider-season was out in full force, too, as evidenced by some large and beautiful orb weavers. Temps were in the low 70's the whole way and round trip, it took us about 4 hours. I've posted all of the pics here if anyone is interested: [url]http://outdoorsincali.com/2011/11/01/10-31-11-romero-canyon-water-tower-via-romero-fire-road/[/url]
Posted by: mattcav
Took a quick hike along the Kryptor use trail and then down the upper Romero Trail to Blue Canyon yesterday (Sunday, 1/2/2011).
East Camino was covered in snow from Knapp's to just past Cold Spring saddle; we had flurries as we dropped down to Kryptor, which turned into rain a bit later as we were heading down Romero. Both trails are in great shape, though head room is at a premium for much of the descent to Kryptor.
By the time we got to the junction in Blue Canyon, it was a steady rain, and as we climbed back out it was just pouring. As we drove back along East Camino Cielo we saw that nearly all the snow except for area immediately around La Cumbre had been melted in the rain. A great day for hiking!
A few pics at [url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/umotamba/sets/72157625734292260/[/url]
Posted by: Cross Tie Walker