Tangerine Falls Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Great creek, 100 ft. waterfall, some poison oak, rock hopping, shady and cool This hike starts out as an relatively easy uphill climb. At one point, the trail forks and splits off. The way to Tangerine Falls starts to the right. This part of the trail becomes somewhat rocky, and some scrambling is required. Watch out for Poison Oak! The trail is very nice and mostly shady. The creek running through the length of the trail is very nice also. Towards the end of the hike, there is a little waterfall to the right. This is not Tangerine Falls, but still a very nice little waterfall. When it seems difficult to go any farther, keep going! The trail turns into a moderate rock climb, but no special equipment is required at all. Keep looking to the right for Tangerine Falls. When you finally get to the Falls, you will come upon a big boulder. The rock is climbable, but it takes some doing. After standing there for a few minutes, I finally found some satisfactory footholds. Look closely, and be creative, but careful. You will find your way up.
Have done this hike three times since the start of all the rain and each time the falls have become greater and greater. Great blend of hiking and bouldering. Wouldn't recommend bringing your dog on this hike.
Went right after the rain and the waterfall was gushing! Very slippery. If you're trying to get to the waterfall, I don't recommend bringing your dog.
Worth the climb! The falls were gorgeous!!!
Such an amazing hike. I went around 2:30 PM to avoid foot traffic but it was still a little busy. Started raining an hour in, and it became a lot more slippery and muddy, but if you take your sweet time it is not too treacherous. Prepare to get wet! Waterproof shoes, a rain cover, and a change of clothes are key! All the rain has the waterfall really flowing!
be ready to climb some rocks. there was no water when we went, but the view is pretty!
One of my favorite trails. Much better when there is water. Kind of hard to find, but that is half the fun!
3/27/2013: (about 4 miles up one way) If you like to go up, take the left trail that goes up above the falls, crosses the creek, then continues up and up to Camino Cielo. This is not the West Fork Trail that connects to Gibraltar Road. This goes around the falls then practically straight up to Camino Cielo.
The West Fork Cold Springs trail is very well maintained so the overgrown and poorly maintained Tangerine Trail is hard to find by comparison. Passed it once and had to turn back. If you reach the water tunnel on the West fork you have gone to far. Lot's of Poison Oak. My fianc got Poison Oak and I got a tick. The mountain fought back that day and we lost. Had to turn back before reaching the falls. Will try again after I finish my antibiotics and she completes her Predisone prescription.