Santa Barbara 9 Trails 35 Mile Endurance Run

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Mar 16, 2024 at 6:00 AM

Santa Barbara 9 Trails 35 Mile Endurance Run

1150 San Roque Road

Santa Barbara CA, 93105


Entry Fee $75
(Lowest or Early Registration)

Entry Fee 2 $175
(Highest or Late Registration)

Prize Money: no


  • 17M, 35M

Type: Ultra

Course Map: Download Map

Starting Elevation: 600

High Point: 2400

Percent of the course on un-paved trails: 95%

First Year of the Event: 1990

Men's Record: 2019 Jim Walmsley (29) 5:12:51

Women's Record: 2017 Cassy Scallon (34) 6:20:10


Out & back race course with elevation gain & loss of over 10,500 feet. The course is very hilly with a challenging blend of single track trail, dirt road and about 4 miles of pavement, moderately technical with 10 sustained climbs.

Big climbs. Big views. Technical trails. Great people. The Santa Barbara Nine Trails 35 Mile Endurance Run is a challenging problem for trail runners of every ability level. The trails are steep, rocky, inaccessible and long. There is more than ten thousand vertical feet of gain and descent packed into the relatively short 35 miles. Experienced runners will tell you that Nine-Trails runs like a tough 50 miler. Athletes attempting this course should be prepared for long, slow sections with no support. Santa Barbara Nine Trails is the Jesusita Trailhead to Romero Canyon Trailhead and back. This 35 mile endurance run will cover most of the Santa Barbara front country trail system. Starting at the Jesuita Trailhead the course climbs approximately four mies to Inspiration Point. From here the course descends a couple miles to the Tunnel Trail. Climb the rocky Tunnel Trail to the junction of Rattle Snake Trail.

Follow Rattle Snake to Gibraltar Road. Run a mile or so down Gibraltar Road to the West Cold Spring Trailhead. Follow the long, steep downhill of the West Cold Spring Trail to the bottom of the canyon. Cross the creek, turn left and climb the east side of the Cold Spring Trail to the junction of the Hot Spring Connector, approximately mile twelve. Run to the bottom of the canyon and cross San Ysidro Creek to the very steep, Edison Catwalk. Locals call this section “the wall”. Continue along the steep, hot and dusty Catwalk Road to the Buena Vista Trail. Follow the Buena Vista Trail along the creek to the bottom of Romero Canyon. Cross the creek and work your way to the Romero Canyon Trailhead. Turn around and re-trace your steps all of the way back to Jesusita. This little course is beautiful and shockingly difficult. Enjoy!


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Past Event Dates

Held on Mar 16, 2024

Held on Mar 18, 2023

Held on Mar 19, 2022

Held on Nov 20, 2021

Held on Mar 21, 2020

Held on Mar 23, 2019

Held on Mar 24, 2018

Held on Mar 25, 2017

Held on Mar 26, 2016

Held on Mar 28, 2015

Held on Aug 16, 2014

Held on Nov 29, 2008

Held on Nov 24, 2007

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