Cachuma Lake: Sweetwater Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews
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Cachuma Lake: Sweetwater Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.8 miles 597 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash




mountain biking

trail running





wild flowers


6 months ago

Pretty new to hiking, this was a fun trail. Moderately busy with a narrow path makes for tough passing. Going in spring is probably ideal. At 75° it was pretty humid. Encountered the endangered horned lizard. Please leave alone and in habitat since endangered; definitely a sight to see!

2 years ago

nice casual hike with some hill work here and there. and if there had been an healthy rain season this year, the view of the lake and what would have been creeks would have made for some rich and fantastic views. however, presently the water level of the lake is depressingly low, and potential creeks are totally dry. let's hope for a solid measure of rain this winter.

2 years ago

Nothing really special. It just has a nice view of the lake and it's more for an evening stroll. I suggest going off trail onto some really nice fields. There are great scenes with tall grass and flowers that are beautiful to take pictures with.