San Ysidro Trail

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San Ysidro Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. 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.

3.4 miles 1096 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

San Ysidro follows the course of the San Ysidro Creek along West Park Lane (private road, no public parking), then along the Edison Catway, and finally along trail. Of the local trails, it offers the greatest amount of shade for this climb. The rocky canyon walls are popular with local climbers. Deep pools become popular summer destinations while the waterfall, always at least a trickle, becomes popular after the winter rains.

3 months ago

Gear workout, with a beautiful view.

4 months ago

awesome downhill trail always riding it never gets boring highly recommend this trail

4 months ago

Highly recommend it. Great hike didn't go as far as I would have liked but left more for next time also multiple trails around so a hot spot for hiking and so quite a few people on trails. It's an incline but a great workout makes going down enjoyable and rewarding. there was a little bit of water in the creek but waterfall was dry. I'd go again after a nice rain.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike. More elevation than I expected, my fault! It was a good day for a hike, cool a little overcast. Just perfect!!!

hiking
7 months ago

Nice hike, lots of shade from the beautiful tree. Hiked it this past Sunday. Keeps eyes open for poison oak. Also saw a king snake in the middle of the trail having a treat.

hiking
7 months ago

Good main trail. Side trails had some poison oak. Saw a King snake having his breakfast. Bring poles if you have stability issues.

hiking
8 months ago

Didn't go as far as wanted - had first time hikers - but the amount we hiked was beautiful! Creek still running as of April 3rd 2016

8 months ago

Love it. Creak is still running as of March 27, 2016. Love to hear the sound of creak all the way. Luckily not many loud people on the trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike. As of March 4, 2016 the waterfall was seriously loud and POURING water due to the rains hammering the Northern California area that weekend.

Be prepared for a TON of foot traffic. This is a super popular trail for loud groups of people for whatever reason. Not that there's anything wrong with that, just not a good hike for peaceful introspection.

10 months ago

11 months ago

Waterfall was dried up. Running water through the creek as you hike. Solid gradual incline. Well shaded. Great view of ocean mtns trees at 2mi mark.

1 year ago

Did the first 2 miles but ran out of time before going further. Definitely a work out but beautiful scenery. We will go back when we have more time.

trail running
1 year ago

Beautiful trail, wasn't expecting it to be as brutal as it was. After the waterfall it is a straight incline until the top. The view is worth it though. By the time I go to the top I ran out of water in my camelback so come with ALOT of water and a snack. I hiked up and trail ran down, I started at 10:45 and got done just before 1. The waterfall isn't flowing this time of year (July) but still some water in the stream. Be cautious of poison oak.. Enjoy the amazing ocean and mountain view!

hiking
1 year ago

This is a great hike and beautiful trail. You get forest, river, mountains and ocean scenic views all in one trail. It's a tough hike if you're a newbie like me, but worth it.

1 year ago

Hiked up to Camino Cielo which is 4.3 miles up from Park Lane. There were a lot of spots where it was quite slippery from loose shale, that kind of scared me. The view from the top is of the Santa Ynez Valley, very worth the steep elevation. It took us 4 hours to so the 8.6 miles

hiking
2 years ago

Great trail. Hiked to 3000ft which is where the road is. Very good lookout from that point. Could have kept going but it looked like trail continued along road. Had 2 1/4 hrs in at that point. Was a 4 1/4 hr round trip. Healthy grade the entire way. Footing gets slick in spots at higher elevations but comfortable.

hiking
2 years ago

Well maintained trail. Met a couple of amigos just past the waterfall who were hired by the city of Montecito to maintain the trail. Pretty cool in my book. How many cities maintain trails up above their city? Thank you Oprah.

There a lot of pools in the creek to take a dip. I recommend a good dousing on the way back down. If you jump in the water on the way up, then that's as far as you are going to go.

Once you go past the waterfall there is no more creek, and a lot less shade. Go early!

hiking
2 years ago

The trail is nice but a little slick and muddy when we went. There is the main trail but also what appears to be dirt service road near the trail that can be taken instead. The most important thing is that this trail does not start where shown on the map. There is nowhere to park where the trail is shown. You have to turn left at the last intersection prior to where the trailhead is shown and park a few hundred feet down that road. There is a sight showing the trailhead at that location.

hiking
3 years ago

Hiked the lower part of this trail to the falls (dry), always a nice hike, trail is in good shape to this point. Very little water in the creek

hiking
3 years ago