Cachuma Lake

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Cachuma Lake is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, CA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.2 miles 816 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly





nature trips

scenic driving




Set amidst acres of wilderness flanked by the picturesque Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains, lies glimmering Cachuma Lake. Here you will find practically everything you need for a relaxing getaway in the great outdoors.

2 years ago

Crowded usually, but it is known ce being by a lake!

3 years ago

My family and I have camped here three times. If you can, get a spot by the lake. It's absolutely stunning at dawn and dusk, despite being man made (the only pet peeve I had). Stargazing at night is great too, because the entire sky is filled with stars and it's pitch black. Also bring your dog! They allow pets, you just have to pay a small fee. The camp has a park with a playground for kids as well as boats you can rent. Kayaking here is extremely affordable! 12$ for my boyfriend and I to share a kayak for an hour. Around 30 minutes away is Solvang, a Hollandish town that is a delight to visit!

3 years ago

Offers everything you could imagine for the outdoorsy spirit-- fishing, boating, kayaking, camping, walking, running....perfect even for a rugged outdoor stroller. I highly recommend for kids. Can get a bit crowded and hot in late afternoon, so arrive early around 9am for best enjoyment and leave by 2pm when the crowds are at the max.

4 years ago

I love camping with the Family all summer long at Cachuma and we also love kayaking the lake and all the nature watching, it's a great place,just wish you could swim in the lake.

5 years ago

I have been camping here for the past 7 years and this place is amazing! Beautiful nature, a great lake to relax by, peace and quiet. Enjoy the sunset by the lake which offers amazing views. At night you will be greeted by raccoons and other rodents trying to steal your food. The highlight of it all.. Stargazing. Cachuma Lake offers amazing views of the nightsky with the Milky Way Galaxy visible right over you.