Saturday, Mar 25, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
This Event Took Place Sat. Mar 25, 2017

Coastal Classic

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.

Traditional Course Pending USFS Approval

As of now, we have permission and fully intend to run the traditional SB9T course, Cater to Romero and back. However, due to fire and flood damage there is a chance that we will need to modify the course. If deemed necessary by the USFS the out and back route will start at Cater and run Tunnel Trail to East Camino Cielo Road to Cold Spring Trail down to Hot Spring Connector Trail and then beck on to the traditional course to Romero Trailhead and back.

2022 Registration

Registration for 2022 will open here on January 1, 2022

Presented by Santa Barbara Running

The 2022 Santa Barbara Nine Trails 35 Mile Endurance Run is Presented by Santa Barbara Running. Locally owned and operated to serve you.

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 minimally marked with colored ribbon. It is a fairly complicated course and you should become acquainted with the trails prior to race day. All participants will be required to use gpx digital mapping. Digital gpx map will be provided prior to the event.

There will be long sections between Aid Stations. Expect to find full Aid Stations at miles 9, 17, 26, 31 and the finish.

Things to know

This event is intended for experienced distance runners. This is NOT a crew and spectator friendly event. The course will be will marked but support will be limited. There is no parking at the start/finish area. Please do not plan on parking at the Jesuita Trailhead, San Roque Road and or Gibraltar Road. You will need to be dropped off and picked up. Transportation is your responsibility. Plan accordingly. Registration fee is not 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

No Two Person Relay


Cut Off Times

1:00pm at mile 17.5
4:00pm at mile 26

Local time: 4:54 AM


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