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Nearly all cyclists traveling through Santa Barbara county pedal from northwest to southeast because the prevailing winds blow from the northwest, so you'll often enjoy a tailwind. Because of the 4000-foot, east-west Santa Ynez mountain range forms a barrier, there are only two paved roads to cross it—Highway 154 and Highway 101.

Although Highway 154 looks appealing on maps, we cannot recommend it because it's mostly a two-lane road with shoulders that come and go, often rocks and dirt fall onto the shoulders, and there are many curves and hills that hide cyclists from the view of the many motorists. That leaves Highway 101 that is four lanes wide, has more truck traffic, but also has wide 8-foot shoulders that are generally clean.

We offer you two routes through the county, northwest to southeast. We call them the "Lompoc Route" and "Solvang Route" after the different towns they pass through. They both enter on Highway 1 from San Luis Obispo county, and leave on Highway 101 into Ventura county. They both take you through some quiet, less-traveled country roads, although the Solvang Route, about 10 miles longer, offers you more. If you want the fastest way through our beautiful county, stay on Highway 1 to Highway 101. It won't be as pleasant because of the traffic, but you will find yourself closer to Los Angeles that much sooner.

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Lompoc Route

The route map at the right shows cities where you can get food, water and lodging. You'll encounter about 2900 feet of total climbing. The photos below give you an idea of what you will see along the way. We suggest that you get the detailed county bike map to augment the turn-by-turn route guide at the lower right.

photo of San Antonio Road

San Antonio Road provides a quiet, meandering alternative to busy Highway 1.

photo of Harris Grade Road

Harris Grade Road takes you over the Purisima Hills north of Lompoc.

photo of Highway 1

Highway 1 south of Lompoc is quite beautiful, has a shoulder and some traffic.

photo of Cabrillo Boulevard

In Santa Barbara, you'll cruise along Cabrillo Boulevard near the beach, wharf and marina.

map of Lompoc Route
graph of elevations

Direction Name of Road or Street Miles on Road
START Enter Santa Barbara county  
South Highway 1 8.7
R Black Road 8.3
L San Antonio Road West 2.8
L Highway 1 0.5
R San Antonio Road East 4.1
R Highway 135 0.5
R Harris Grade Road 7.9
S joins Highway 1 22.3
R Highway 101 22.4
exit R Hollister Avenue 8.1
R Modoc Road 3.2
L Mission Street 0.3
R Castillo Street 1.9
L Cabrillo Boulevard to roundabout 2.8
R Coast Village Road 0.8
jog L North Jameson Lane 1.6
S becomes Sheffield Drive 0.1
R enter Ortega Hill bikepath 0.5
R Ortega Hill Road 0.2
S becomes Lillie Avenue 1.2
S becomes Via Real 3.5
R Santa Ynez Avenue 0.2
L Carpinteria Avenue 2.8
East enter Highway 101 0.7
END Leave Santa Barbara county  

R=Right, L=Left, S=Straight

Solvang Route

The route map at the right shows cities where you can get food, water and lodging. You'll encounter about 3300 feet of total climbing. The photos below give you an idea of what you will see along the way. We suggest that you get the detailed county bike map to augment the turn-by-turn route guide at the lower right.

photo of San Antonio Road

Foxen Canyon Road passes through farms, vineyards and ranches below the San Rafael Mountains.

photo of Harris Grade Road

Hillside and mountain views from Foxen Canyon are worth the extra miles.

photo of Highway 1

The Danish town of Solvang celebrates its heritage with architecture, restaurants, lodging and enticing bakeries.

photo of Cabrillo Boulevard

For 20 miles, you'll bike in view of the Pacific Ocean along Highway 101.

map of Lompoc Route
graph of elevations

Direction Name of Road or Street Miles on Road
START Enter Santa Barbara county  
South Highway 1 11.4
L Clark Road 6.3
R Dominion Road 3.6
L Palmer Road 2.5
R Foxen Canyon Road 22.0
L Highway 154 0.4
R Grand Avenue 1.0
R Alamo Pintado Road 4.2
R Highway 246 0.5
L Alisal Road 8.1
R Old Coast Highway 0.4
L Highway 101 25.9
R Hollister Avenue 8.1
R Modoc Road 3.2
L Mission Street 0.3
R Castillo Street 1.9
L Cabrillo Boulevard to roundabout 2.8
R Coast Village Road 0.8
jog L North Jameson Lane 1.6
S becomes Sheffield Drive 0.1
R enter Ortega Hill bikepath 0.5
R Ortega Hill Road 0.2
S becomes Lillie Avenue 1.2
S becomes Via Real 3.5
R Santa Ynez Avenue 0.2
L Carpinteria Avenue 2.8
jog L enter Highway 101 0.7
END Leave Santa Barbara county  

R=Right, L=Left, S=Straight

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