Baron Ranch Trail Run
The Alisal Fire devastated the Baron Ranch Trails and the surrounding landscape in the fall of 2021. For two years in a row, winter rain events hard hit the Arroyo Quemado Trail from Calle Real to Camino Cielo and the Loop Trail. Fortunately, trail crews have addressed many slide and erosion issues in many locations and multiple times. Despite the fire and winter storm damage, the trail offers extraordinary vistas as you climb the back of the canyon to the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains.
Distances: 13.3, 6.5, 4.2, and 2 Miles
Option 1) Arroyo Quemado Trail + Loop Trail: After crossing the bridge, runners will experience a newly cut trail for the next mile, providing a fresh canyon perspective. The route is a 13.3-mile out-and-back beginning at Calle Real trailhead and cresting at Camino Cielo at 2500 feet elevation.
Option 2) Loop Trail: The loop portion of this trail has been reconstructed this year. The route follows a lolly-pop-shaped combination of former ranch roads and a single track for a 6.5-mile event.
Option 3) Lower Trail: The lower portion of Arroyo Quemado Trail is a combination of relatively flat land and an elevation gain of 500 ft. The out-and-back route combines former ranch roads and a single track for a 4.2-mile event.
Option 4) Canyon Bottom Trail: The lower portion of Arroyo Quemado Trail is mostly at the bottom of the canyon. The loop route combines former ranch roads and a single track for a 2-mile event.
Volunteers will be at the trailhead to greet runners, offer a free Trails Council bandana, and pop open an ice chest of cold beverages as folks return to the trailhead.
In an effort to get more people to know about the trail, we are asking runners to share their experiences and post their times for the Arroyo Quemado Trail. If you use Strava, please join the Island View Trail Run Group, https://www.strava.com/clubs/islandviewtrailrun, https://analytics.strava.com/clubs/546569
February 18th March 3rd
WHERE: Baron Ranch
TRAIL ROUTES: Arroyo Quemado Trail + Loop Trail (13.3-miler), Loop Trail (6.5-miler), Lower Trail (4.2-Miler), and Canyon Bottom Trail (2-Miler)
START TIMES: 13.3-Miler @ 8:30, 6.5-Miler @ 9:00, 4.2-Miler @ 9:30 and 2-Miler @ 9:30
ENTRY FEE: $30 donation for all distances. Lunch included.