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Santa Barbara County Hiking Trails

Hiking and Backpacking Trails in Santa Barbara County


The principal mountain ranges of the county are the Santa Ynez Mountains in the south, and the San Rafael Mountains and Sierra Madre Mountains in the interior and northeast. Most of the mountainous area is within the Los Padres National Forest, and includes two wilderness areas: the San Rafael Wilderness and the Dick Smith Wilderness. The highest elevation in the county is 6820 feet (2079 m) at Big Pine Mountain in the San Rafaels. Find a complete list of hiking and backpacking trails below for your next adventure.
A total of 79 Santa Barbara County Hiking Trails are currently available. ×
Alamar Trail - 8.70 Miles
26W06 • Dick Smith • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Alamar trail begins at Alamar Saddle Campground (5673 feet) which is on the Buckhorn Road (Forest Route 9N11), the trail is located in the Dick Smith Wilderness. No water…
Alejandro Trail - 5.59 Miles
31W15 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Alejandro Trail is located in the Santa Maria area up the Colson Canyon Road (11N04), the trail starts at the second gate/road junction on Colson Canyon Road (34.9343, -125.59641), Look for the trail to the right of the locked gate, The…
Aliso Loop Trail - 3.78 Miles
28W05 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
Constructed by Ronald "Willie" Forsyth as a short cut trail from his pack station at what is now Sage Hill Group Camp to Upper Oso Camp and on up the Santa Cruz Trail to the back country. A school group and the L.P.F.A. (Los Padres Forest Association) developed the nature trail. The trail is maintained…
Aliso Trail - 2.26 Miles
27W02 • Non Wilderness Area • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
Aliso Trail connects the Seirra Madre Road (32S13) to Hog Pen Spring Road (10N04) and Hog Pen Campground and Hog Pen Spring. This trail starts at Aliso Peak as a 4-wheel drive road to Hog pen Spring then on up…
Arroyo Burro Trail North - 2.6 Miles
27W13 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
This trail is a popular mountain biking trail. The trail leaves Arroyo Burro road east of Rancho Oso and travels up a north facing slope for 3.5 miles. Madrone trees are quite common in this area.
Arroyo Burro Trail South - 4.42 Miles
27W13 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The trail begins slightly more than a half mile after you begin your hike up the Jesusita Trail. The trail sign is under a large oak and is situated right before you would head up onto a long plateau if you were continuing on the Jesusita. I noticed…
Bear Canyon Connector Trail - 1.64 Miles
31W17 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Bear Canyon Connector Trail is a scenic 1.64 mile trail outside Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County. The trail connects the Buckhorn Ridge Trail (31W06) and the Bear Canyon Loop OHV Trail (31W13). Please let us know…
Bear Canyon Trail - 3.42 Miles
31W05 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Bear Canyon Trail is located near Santa Maria in the Santa Lucia Ranger District. This moderate 3.5 mile trail is located in Bear Canyon, hence the name.  This canyon runs north from La Brea Canyon to its head on the south side of Buckhorn Ridge.…
Big Cone Spruce Trail - 3.20 Miles
28W04 • San Rafael • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Big Cone Spruce Trail is a short 3.20 connector mile trail in the Wilderness in Santa Barbara County. The trail starts from Cachuma Mountain Road at , and connects with the Manzana Trail (30W13) just passed Manzana Narrows…
Blue Canyon Connector Trail - 1.44 Miles
26W13 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
Blue Canyon gets its name from the blue-green serpentine formations found along its 5 mile length. The canyon runs directly along the Santa Ynez Fault. This is a relatively narrow canyon with several overnight camps along it and a stream that flows year round. Beyond Cottam Camp a number of options…
Blue Canyon Trail - 5.36 Miles
26W12 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
Blue Canyon gets its name from the blue-green serpentine formations found along its 5 mile length. The canyon runs directly along the Santa Ynez Fault. This is a relatively narrow canyon with several overnight camps along it and a stream that flows year round. Beyond Cottam Camp a number of options…
Buckhorn Ridge Trail - 1.82 Miles
31W06 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Buckhorn Ridge Trail is a scenic 1.82 mile trail outside of Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County. The trail starts at Colson Campground and connects to the Bear Canyon Connector Trail (31W17). Please let us know…
Buckhorn Trail - 8.12 Miles
27W12 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Buckhorn Trail connects Buckhorn Road with the Indian Creek Trailhead.  Historically is was a very well used trail by hunters and for forest users connecting larger sections of the forest.  In more recent history it was commonly used by mountain bikers, even being recognized as an "epic ride"…
Buena Vista Trail - 0.53 Miles
• Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
A short trail that starts at Park Lane above Montecito next to the Buena Vista Reservoir. This trail climbs from Park Lane up to Edison Catway. Once you get to the top of the ridge you will have amazing views of Santa Barbara, Goleta and the Channel Islands. You can access this trail from the park…
Bull Ridge Trail - 6.34 Miles
26W01 • Non Wilderness Area • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Bull Ridge Trail climbs up to Salisbury Potrero Campground, just after the camp the trial intersects with the Salisbury Canyon Trail, the trail then leads out of the potrero and up to the Sierra…
Caliente Trail - 10.5 Miles
25W06 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The canyon is named for the Big Agua Caliente Hot Spring located in the canyon. The canyon heads on a ridge between Hildreth Peak and Monte Arido. The Cliente Trail runs up the canyon passing La Carpa Potrero to join the Monte Arido Potrero Seco Rd. 6N03. Road 5NI6 runs from Pendala up to the Hot…
Camuesa Connector Trail - 3.81 Miles
27W22 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
Trail crosses the Santa Ynez River and meanders four miles up the south slope of the river canyon to tie into Romero Camuesa Rd. Directions: From Santa Barbara Hwy 101, 10 miles NW on Hwy 154, 9 miles East on Paradise.
Cathedral Peak Trail - 2.18 Miles
• Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
A very steep trail that splits of from Jesusita Trail 27W17 in Mission Canyon. This trail climbs up from Mission Canyon to Cathedral Peak and then up to La Cumbre Peak and West Camino Cielo Road. Once you get to the top of the ridge you will have amazing views of Santa Barbara, Goleta and the Channel…
Cold Spring Trail - East Fork - 4.43 Miles
26W10 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The East Fork Cold Spring Trail (often called Cold Springs) is a popular hike that leads from Montecito over the mountain and into the backcountry.  The trail is broken into two sections: the southern or frontcountry side and the northern of backcountry side.  The southern portioin of the…
Cold Spring Trail - Middle Fork - 2.4 Miles
26W10 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The middle fork of the Cold Spring Trail does not get as much use as the East and West Forks, this trail starts from split off from the trail to Tangerine Falls. The trail then climbs steeply above Tangerine Falls and proceeds up the creek until the trail heads along a ridge line towards East Camino…
Cold Spring Trail - North - 5.4 Miles
26W10 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The northern trail is more of a backpackers route used to access the assortment of backcountry camps on the northern Santa Ynez Mountains or Upper Santa Ynez drainage.  The majority of backpackers start from the Cold Spring Saddle Trailhead along East Camino Cielo.  The trail drops steeply to Forbush…
Cold Spring Trail - West Fork - 1.50 Miles
27W16 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The trail follows a creek through a narrow canyon, and enters a large semicircular valley (with a view of Tangerine Falls). The trail then diverges from the creek and climbs up to Gibraltar Road. 200 foot high Tangerine Falls is in a canyon to the north of the trail. Directions: Take Cold Springs…
Devils Canyon Trail - 3.39 Miles
27W14 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Devil’s Canyon loop allows you to experience the enchanting canyon to be found beyond Red Rock while at the same time escaping the crowds that sometimes end up there. This is possible because the swimmers and sunbathers don’t usually begin to show up until the early afternoon. Starting at 9am…
Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail - 3.00 Miles
29W03 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail is a 3 mile trail located near Figueroa Mountain, the trail starts at Davy Brown Campground, and passes numerous trail junctions, the trail then completes at Happy Canyon Road (7N07.2)
Franklin Trail North - 2.21 Miles
25W09 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
This is a very pretty canyon with a beautiful waterfall that flows north from the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains down into Jameson Lake. The Franklin Trail, which follows down the canyon, was the early day route of campers and hunters from Carpinteria into the upper Santa Ynez Valley. The…
Franklin Trail South - 7.9 Miles
25W09 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
Though not open for more than 30 years, thanks to the efforts of the Friends of the Franklin Trail, the part of the historic route to the crest is now accessible to the public. The trail takes you past Carpinteria High School and then climbs 600 feet to the top of a prominent knoll. Along with the…
Fremont Trail - 3.81 Miles
N/A • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Fremont Trail connects East Camino Cielo Road with Fremont Campground on Paradise Road. The Fremont trail has beautiful view of the Santa Ynez River Valley. The Fremont camp was constructed by the CCC in 1935. It is named for John C. Fremont who in…
Gibraltar Trail - 5.18 Miles
28W06 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
A short 5.18 miles connector trail between the Gibraltar Resivour and the Cold Spring Trail. This trail makes for a great mountain bike ride or day hike. A very large rock formation of Temblor Sandstone was called The Rock of Gibraltar. When Santa Barbara needed more drinking water, they constructed…
Girard Trail - 0.63 Miles
• Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
A short trail that splits of from Mcmenemey Trail 26W19 above Montecito. This trail climbs from Mcmenemey Trail 26W19 up to Edison Catway. Once you get to the top of the ridge you will have amazing views of Santa Barbara, Goleta and the Channel Islands. You can access this trail from the Mcmenemey…
Grapevine Trail - 5.39 Miles
27W10 • San Rafael • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Grapevine Trail is located in the southern San Rafael Wilderness and connects the Santa Cruz Trail to the Buckhorn Road at Bluff Cabin.  There are a few stories as to how the Grapevine Trail got its name.  One legend states that it was named after a grapevine plant which once grew at the Murietta…
Horse Canyon Labrea Trail - 23.1 Miles
31W09 • San Rafael • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Horse Canyon Labrea Trail is a scenic 23.1 mile trail in the Wilderness in County.  The trail connects the La Brea Canyon. OHV Raod (10N06.1) and the 3 trails junction at the Manzana…
Hurricane Deck Trail - 13.91 Miles
30W14 • San Rafael • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Hurricane Deck Trail was constructed in the 1930's. The trail starts near the Manzana Schoolhouse on the Sisquoc Trail (30W12) and after climbing to the crest of the Hurricane Deck, the trail follows along the crest of the deck until it ends at…
Indian Trail - Dick Smith - 2.78 Miles
26W08 • Dick Smith • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
One of the most enjoyable trails in the back country. It starts at Bluff Camp and descends along the creek of the same name until the creek joins Mono Creek a short distance up stream from the Santa Ynez River. A beautiful section from Pens Camp down to just above Indian Creek Camp was, thankfully,…
Jackson Trail - 4.45 Miles
27W05 • San Rafael • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
It was named after Mr. Jackson who ran cattle in the late 1890's on the Potreros on the crest of the Sierra Madre Mountains. The Jackson Spring is near the top of the climb the trail makes from Ed Montgomery's homestead on the Sisquoc River up to Montgomery Potrero…
Jesusita Trail - 4.13 Miles
27W17 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
Provides a variety of environments. Oak woodlands, avocado orchards, and even views of newly built homes. Switchbacks take you through dense chaparral until you reach Inspiration Point. Inspiration Point is just south of the Jesusita Trail. Please stay on the trail, portions of the trail cross private…
Judell Trail - 4.90 Miles
26W05 • San Rafael • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Judell Trail descends from Santa Barbara Potrero into the San Rafael Wilderness to its terminus at the junction with the Sisquoc Trail.  The trail has seen quite a bit of LPFA and VWR attention after the 2007 Zaca Fire but sees little traffic.  As a result you should expect the trail to be very…
La Jolla Trail - 4.45 Miles
30W10 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The trail runs from Sawmill basin on Figueroa Mountain Road, pass Ballard Camp in Birabant Canyon, then up the mountain side to La Jolla Spring and on up to the east side of Lava Peak and up to Zaca…
Lost Valley Trail San Rafael Wilderness - 7.12 Miles
29W14 • San Rafael • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Lost Valley Trail connects Manzana Creek with the Hurricane Deck Trail.  The trail is used by day hikers looking to explore the secrets of Lost Valley as well as a connection for backpackers heading towards the Sisquoc. In the early 20th century there were plans to build a road…
Madulce Peak Trail - 2.00 Miles
28W09 • Dick Smith • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Madulce Peak Trail is a 2.00 mile trail in the Wilderness in Santa Barbara County. The trail connects the Madulce Trail (28W09) and Madulce Peak. On the 1905 topographic map, the peak is called Strawberry Peak because…
Madulce Trail - 3.51 Miles
28W09 • Dick Smith • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Madulce Trail is a scenic 3.51 mile trail in the Wilderness in Santa Barbara County. The trail connects the Buckhorn Road (9N11.3) to 3 Dick Smith Wilderness trails, the Don Victor Trail (25W03), the Santa…
Manzana Trail East (Upper) - 13.8 Miles
30W13 • San Rafael • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The East Trail (31W13.2) follows the Mazana canyon east to the narrows, then climbs over the Hurricane Deck at White Ledge to end at South Fork Guard Station on the Sisquoc River. Access the trial from Nira Campground via Sunset Valley Road. MANZANA - A Spanish word for little apples. In the…
Manzana Trail West (Lower) - 8.7 Miles
30W13.2 • San Rafael • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The west portion of the Manzana Trail in the San Rafael Wilderness spans from the Manzana Schoolhouse to Nira Campground. The Lower Manzana Trail intersects with the Sisquoc Trail and reaches the Sisquoc River near the Schoolhouse. Access the trial from Nira Campground via Sunset…
Matias Connector Trail - 0.85 Miles
27W25 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
A very short connector 0.85 mile trail located along the Santa Ynez River in  County, the trail leads to the Matias Potrero Trail (27W19), Access the trail head from the Santa Ynez Road 5N18.2 at , .
Matias Potrero Trail - 4.86 Miles
27W19 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Matias Potrero Trail is a beautiful 4.86 mile trail in Santa Barbara County. The trail connects the Arroyo Burro Road (5N20) and the Tunnel Trail (27W14). Named after Matias Reyes and his wife, Griselda filed a claim and built a small cabin. He also owned property just east of the Botanical Garden in…
Mcmenemey Trail - 1.61 Miles
26W19 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The hike up to the McMenemy Bench for the morning or evening views is one of the great short hikes in the Santa Barbara area, but what I like most about this trail is the variety of 2-3 hour long loops you can do by combining it with other sections of trail. Now that the Girard Trail is almost complete…
Mcpherson Trail - 3.35 Miles
27W01 • Non Wilderness Area • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Mcpherson Trail is a scenic 3.35 mile trail in Santa Barbara County. The trail connects the Lost Valley Trail – Ventana Wilderness (4E08) and the North Coast Ridge Trail (3E10). The mountain was named for a pioneer family of several members who homesteaded in the area at a early date. A communication…
Mission Pine Trail - 14.55 Miles
28W01 • San Rafael • Santa Lucia Ranger District , Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Mission Pine Trail connects Cachuma Mountain Forest Road (8N08.2) and Buckhorn Forest Road (9N11.4). The trail is in the San Rafael Wilderness, So remember no mountain biking is allowed on any wilderness…
Mono-Alamar Trail - 9.00 Miles
26W07 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
Originally a Chumash Indian trail from the coast to the central valley. In 1824 it was the route that Pablo de la Portilla used to return the Mission Indians after their revolt. When Fort Tejon was established the trail was used, for a short time, as a dispatch route between the Fort and Santa Barbara.…
Monte Arido Trail - 1.1 Miles
• Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
A short connector trail at the top of Murieta Divide. This trail climbs from Murieta Road 5N13.3 up to Divide Peak OHV Route also known as East Camino 5N12.1. Once you get to the top of the ridge you will have amazing views of Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Ventura and the Channel Islands. You can access…
Munch Canyon Connector Trail - .79 Miles
29W10 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Munch Canyon Connector Trail is a scenic .79 mile trail in Santa Barbara County. The trail connects the East Pinery Road (8N32) and the Munch Canyon Trail (29W04). Named after Mr. Munch who homesteaded in Sunset Valley. He built a cabin, then removed his claim and the Forest Service used the cabin as a winter…
Munch Canyon Trail - 2.59 Miles
29W04 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Munch Canyon Trail is a 2.59 mile trail in the Wilderness in Santa Barbara County. The trail connects the Sunset Valley Road (8N09) and the Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail (29W03). Named after Mr. Munch…
Pino Alto Trail - .45 Miles
29W01 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Pino Alto Trail is a short .45 mile trail in Santa Barbara County. Located at the Pino Alto Day Use Area. The area includes a paved interpretive trail suitable for wheelchair use. The trail is one-half mile and takes 30 to 45 minutes to traverse. Interpretive brochures are available at the trailhead.
Poplar Trail - 6.50 Miles
26W16 • Dick Smith • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Poplar Trail is a senic 6.50 mile trail in the Wilderness in County. The trail follows the Indian Creek and connects the Mono-Alamar Trail (26W07) and the Bluff Guard Station…
Potrero Canyon Trail - 2.90 Miles
29W12 • San Rafael • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The trail is located one mile down from the Lower Manzana Trailhead (aka Lower NIRA) along Manzana Creek.  The trailhead for Potrero Trail is between the two trail camps at Potrero Camp.  It begins at the junction of Manzana Creek Trail 30WI3 and Potrero Canyon Trail 29W12. The trail climbs consistently,…
Rattlesnake Trail - 2.17 Miles
27W15 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The trail begins just before the entrance to Snowfield Park near a delicately-shaped stone bridge. From there, cross the creek and follow a short connector trail to a wider dirt road. For many decades this was a buggy road, running alongside the creek to a point about three-quarters of a mile upstream…
Rocky Ridge Trail - 5.54 Miles
27W04 • Non Wilderness Area • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Rocky Ridge Trail is a scenic 5.54 mile trail in the Wilderness in Santa Barbara County. The trail has great views of the Cuyama Valley and the Caliente Range while you climb up to the Sierra Madre Road and the Painted Rock Camp. Please let us know if you have explored this trail recently.
Romero Trail North - 1.78 Miles
26W14 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The trail heads down from the top of the Romero Trail into Blue Canyon and eventually connects with the Blue Canyon Trail (26W12).
Romero Trail South - 2.9 Miles
26W14 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
A beautiful hike that leads you up Romero Canyon, the trail starts 1/4 mile up Romero Canyon Road past a locked gate. Follow the fire road and after the second creek crossing you will see the trail sign. Portions of the trail follow the stream and provide many spots to enjoy the tranquility of the…
Roque Canyon Trail - 5.68 Miles
30W03 • San Rafael • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Roque Canyon Trail is a scenic 5.68 mile trail in the Wilderness in Santa Barbara County. The trail connects the Sierra Madre Ridge Road and the Kerry Canyon OHV Trail (30W02). Please let us know if you have…
Salisbury Canyon Trail - 4.63 Miles
22W15 • Non Wilderness Area • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Salisbury Canyon Trail is a scenic 4.63 mile trail near Cuyama. The trail climbs up to Salisbury Potrero, This Potrero are located north of Sierra Madre Road and south of Sulfur Springs Canyon. It is a very isolated area.
San Ysidro Trail - 4.09 Miles
26W15 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The trail begins just before the locked gate crossing on San Ysidro Creek. A small sign marked with the San Ysidro Ranch brand is fastened to a nearby oak tree. The path continues along the driveway for a hundred yards, then winds around the rear of a house and up onto a paved road. Follow this up…
Santa Barbara Canyon Trail - 6.92 Miles
25W02 • Dick Smith • Mt. Pinos Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara Canyon heads south from the trailhead at the old Willow Flat Campground.  The trailhead is marked by a turnout on the righthand side of the road next to a juniper tree.  The trail starts there, crosses the creek and immediately enters the Dick Smith Wilderness.  The trail meanders along…
Santa Cruz Trail - 18.47 Miles
27W09 • San Rafael • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
THE SECTION OF THE SANTA CRUZ TRAIL THAT BURNED IN THE 2016 REY FIRE IS NOT PASSABLE AND FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES SHOULD BE CONSIDERED CLOSED.  THIS IS THE SECTION FROM UPPER OSO TO LITTLE PINE SPRINGS. THE…
Sisquoc Trail Lower - 20.4 Miles
30W12 • San Rafael • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Upper Sisquoc Trail is located in the San Rafael Winderness and extends from South Fork Camp to Alamar Saddle and Manzana Schoolhouse Camp. This trail follows back and forth across the Sisquoc…
Sisquoc Trail Upper - 11.06 Miles
30W12 • San Rafael • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Upper Sisquoc Trail is located in the San Rafael Winderness and extends from South Fork Camp to Alamar Saddle and Alamar Saddle Camp. This trail follows back and forth across the Sisquoc River from the…
Snyder Trail - 2.82 Miles
28W02 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The first half mile of the Snyder Trail actually follows a dirt road which leads to a water tank—the Forest Service water supply. Beyond this it rises up through chamise chaparral to a shaded oak section which is quite unexpected. Switchbacks up through this allow you to enjoy an extended section…
Sulphur Spring Trail - 2.32 Miles
30W07 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Sulphur Spring Trail is a scenic 2.32 mile trail in Santa Barbara County. The trail connects the Zaca Peak Trail (30W18) with the Manzana Trail (30W13)
Sunset Valley Trail - 0.66 Miles
29W29 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Sunset Valley Trail is a short 0.66 mile trail in the Wilderness in that follows the Sunset Valley Road. The trail connects Sunset Valley Road to the Munch Canyon Trail (29W04).  Mr. Munch homesteaded in Sunset Valley. He built a cabin, then removed his claim and…
Sweetwater Trail - 6.76 Miles
27W06 • San Rafael • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Sweetwater Trail is a 6.76 mile trail in the Wilderness in Santa Barbara County. The trail connects the Sierra Madre Road to the Sisquoc Trail (30W12). Sweetwater Canyon was so named because the creek water…
Tequepis Trail - 3.91 Miles
29W06 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
Tequepis is the name of an Indian village located at the north of the canyon and the Santa Ynez River. The site of the village is now covered by Lake Cachuma. The canyon descends from the Santa Ynez Mountains to the south shore of Lake Cachuma. In the early days, the Step family filed several homesteads…
Tunnel Trail - 3.30 Miles
27W14 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
Chaparral, pools, and scenic views. Although there is no water and very little shade because it does not follow a prominent canyon or creek, it does afford spectacular views as it rises to the east of La Cumbre Peak. La Cumbre Peak is one mile from the trail head on East Camino Cielo. The East Camino…
Tunnel/Rattlesnake Connector Trail - 0.66 Miles
27W18 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Barbara Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Tunnel/Rattlesnake Connector Trail is a 0.66 mile connector trail in the foothills above Santa Barbara. The trail connects the Tunnel Trail to the Rattlesnake Canyon Trail.
White Elephant Trail - 2.51 Miles
30W29 • San Rafael • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
White Rock Connector Trail - 2.92 Miles
29W07 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
A short yet beautiful connector trail near Figueroa Mountain, the trail connects the Munch Canyon Trail (29W04) to the White Rock Trail (29W05).
White Rock Trail - 2.92 Miles
29W05 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The White Rock Trail is a scenic 2.92 mile trail in the Wilderness in Santa Barbara County. The trail connects Sunset Valley Road 8N09 to East Pinery Road 8N32.
Willow Spring Figueroa Trail - 1.81 Miles
29W09 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Willow Spring Figueroa Trail is a scenic 1.81 mile trail on Figueroa Mountain Trail that leads to Willow Spring and connects to the Fir Canyon Davy Brown Trail 29W03. A perfect trail for a quality…
Willow Spring Trail - 8.45 Miles
31W01 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
The Willow Spring Trail is a scenic 8.45 mile trail in Northern Santa Barbara County. The trail connects Highway 166 to Pine Canyon Road near Brookshire Campground.Please let us know if you have explored this trail recently.
Willow Spur Trail - 0.94 Miles
29W08 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
Located in the Figueroa Mountain area. This 1 mile trail is a short connector between Willow Springs Trail and upper Davy Brown Trail.
Zaca Peak Trail - 7.00 Miles
30W18 • Non Wilderness Area • Santa Lucia Ranger District • Santa Barbara County
Located in the Figueroa Mountain area. The trail follows a ridge top west from the Zaca Peak Road. The west end of the trail drops down to the privately-owned Zaca Lake Resort. Unobstructed views of the Santa Ynez Valley and Zaca Lake basin are found along this route. This trail may be hard to locate…


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