Every year the Montecito Trail Foundation sponsors an annual fundraiser, and many different groups of people set out to explore the frontcountry. There were three different groups of riders doing different trails, and hikers and bikers. I chose to go on what was considered the most ambitious and technical of the trails. which went up the San Ysidro to the McMinnamee, down the Girard, and back over the Old Pueblo.
The day was extremely overcast, so there was no view, making what otherwise are steep drop-offs down canyons and an ocean overlook into a hazy trail surrounded by a cotton wool cushion of maritime fog. But that was nice, actually, it was cool and pleasant.
Length: 6.4 miles
Duration: 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate, with most of the trails well maintained by the MTF. Many sections need trimming or brushing, but there are no trail hazards. Lots of single-track and steep ascents and descents, lots of sections where the trail is an exercise in mindful riding, scrambling over rocks.
Altitude gain: 1290 ft
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So there didn't seem like much point in taking a lot of photos, I concentrated on riding and so did Mr Mule.