This bike ride is may favorite loop through the Santa Ynez Valley. I have named it the SYV Coffee House Bike Loop simply because it passes by five of the best coffee houses in the Valley, any of which are a great meeting place to start your ride. I have chosen the Valley Grind as my starting point since it is closest to my home.
The 17.5 mile loop begins in Santa Ynez and travels north on back country roads through Ballard and on to Los Olivos. Los Olivos is a great stop if you want to do any shopping or wine tasting. Out of Los Olivos you head west to Ballard Canyon where the route turns southwest. The beginning of Ballard Canyon has a short steep climb and then a great downhill all the way to Solvang with just one short climb before entering into town. From here the route turns east passing through Solvang. A short downhill out of Solvang brings you to the Nielsen’s Shopping Center and one more climb before making your way back to Santa Ynez.
What’s cool about it?
Easy to moderate ride with great scenery, passes by several Santa Ynez Valley Favorite locations!
- Address: Begin at the Valley Grind coffee house, 3558 Sagunto St. Santa Ynez
- Bike Route Map: Google Map of The SYV Coffee House Bike Loop