Patsy Dorsey is a Santa Barbara institution. She has been an icon of local endurance for decades. In December of 1990, Patsy created the Santa Barbara Nine Trails 35 Mile Endurance Run. That event continues to have a positive and lasting impact on the trail running culture here in Santa Barbara County and beyond.
About the course
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!
Aid Stations and Course Markings
The course will be well marked with colored ribbon. It is a fairly complicated course and you should become acquainted with the trails prior to race day. We will conduct two course preview / training runs before the event.
There will be long sections between Aid Stations. Expect to find full Aid Stations at miles 9, 17, 27 and the finish. In addition there will be water only, self Aid Stations near miles 5, 14, 21 and 30. Plan accordingly.
Things to know
This event is intended for experienced distance runners. The course will be will marked but support will be limited.
Parking at the start/finish area is exteremly limited. Please do not plan on parking at the Jesuita Trailhead or on San Roque Road. You will need to be dropped off and picked up. Transportation is your responsibility. Plan accordingly.
Registration fee is no refundable and not transferable. Registration fee includes aid on course, tech tee shirt and finishers awards.
The run will be timed and results will be posted at www.allwedoisrun.com and submitted to Ultrarunning Magazine.
Local time: 6:03 PM