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Made it to about a half mile from summit. too much snow and sun goin down. Ice to saddle then powder the rest of the way made it slow but well worth it. Amazing views past saddle along ridgeline. not too strenuous. Most elevation to saddle. Will do again definitely. Make sure you get a parking pass or adventure pass. Also need permit at ranger station. Self serve. Got there at 7am on a sat. and about 6 permits were left.

Yes, the road to the parking lot is still washed out, but we really enjoyed this trail, beginning from the Cottonwood Campground and starting with the upper half of the Mastodon Loop trail. Our hike was 10 miles, 4.5 hours with a lunch break at the bottom of the oasis (you have to go down into the oasis if you can do it). The was some water in the oasis, maybe due to a bit of rain last week. The weather has been cool so we only saw a few lizards on our way back but also saw a fox and a jack rabbit closer to the campground area.

This trail is so much fun, you have to climb over stones but it's not super difficult.

not really a good trail for taking a photo..

Well maintained hike. The abundance of fall colors was great along the way. No complaints. It’s a nice hike, especially this time of year.

This is a great place for beginners, seasoned hikers, runners and bikers or families who just want to take a stroll. There is a dirt path that runs parallel to the concrete road for quite a few miles which allows you to choose your surface. That part of the trail is relatively flat so great for all ages biking, strollers or wheel chairs. If you want something more rugged there are side trails with good elevation climbs and rougher terrain. There are portable toilets at the trail head as well as a couple miles out on the path. This place has a little something for everybody. We came across the Park Rangers a few times which leads me to believe this is a relatively safe and well maintained area. Unfortunately, they do not allow dogs on the trial and there is a $3 fee for parking in their lot. There is limited street parking.

The video link below is of the hike we did at this location.
https://youtu.be/Z8F9CDpXcfc

hiking
4 days ago

very beautiful place just from February to april cuz the creek has water at the time

Love this trail so much. Unfortunate there's so much graffiti. Looking to start a cleanup group to get rid of the graffiti/trash if anyone's interested...

This was actually 6 miles. No water in the falls, but as everyone else has stated, still worth the hike. It’s just beautiful at the pool!

hiking
5 days ago

This is an amazing hike...probably my favorite that I’ve taken! Portions of it are flat and easy while other sections provide some challenge (nothing too intense). The majority of the hike is under canopy which adds to the lushness and cool temperature....all around ideal setting. If you’re looking for an active way to enjoy Santa Barbara for a couple hours I highly recommend hitting this trail.

This is actually a 6 mile loop well maintained trail. The water was barely flowing from the top of the waterfall but the bottom reservoir was full. The landscape of the waterfall was simply beautifully and well worth the hike.

it's a leisure walk. very pleasant.

Trail was well maintained and the folks up front checking permits were so helpful and friendly. It heated up on the way back which was close to noon in December, so bring plenty of water as they recommend. It was more or less a hike through the desert. Overall a good work out. I was told snakes were around, I didn’t see any (amen).

good trail. Took my dog and all went well. Hiked up to where you start climbing over some rocks to get the waterfall, but decided to turn back after a family said there wasn't any water. hopefully that changes soon, definitely want to come back when there is water

this is a nice Easy hike. 6.6 miles no big hills. only down fall is you can see houses and the road is only about 100 yards from eagle rock...

This hike was a little more challenging than I thought in that the boulders were vertical but it was so worth it. Haven’t rock climbed like that in a long time. I definitely recommend hiking boots and pants as my son wore running shoes and shorts and his ankles and calves took a beating. I wore hiking boots and pants and was very comfortable sliding down boulders on the way down. No waterfall but still a lot of fun.

hiking
12 days ago

Nice enough to give it a shot. But please don't advise people to go "after a rain" without giving some head's up that means a good day or 2 with no chance of more rain. Most of the trail from the road to the falls is in a creekbed canyon subject to flooding. I worry since most hikers in the area only really know drought conditions. Too much road walking and too many inexperienced hikers for our tastes, but a nice hike nonetheless. Especially if you read up on the haunted history of he area beforehand.

Nicely managed hiking trail but will have to keep your dog on leash the entire time. Updated note that contradicts the recreation.gov website is that you do not have to bring a print out of your permit if you have the digital version. They accept digital permits, they just haven’t updated their website to reflect the change yet. Happy trails!

Relatively flat first half followed by creek bed uphill climb progressively getting steeper with some bolder scrambling. In a wooded canyon. Pretty overall.

Excellent moderate hike! Mix of forest setting and open space. Trail well maintained, marked, easy to navigate. Eagle Rock was awesome! Great run back to start off trailhead.

nature trips
16 days ago

Great for the pups! Easy parking. Less crowded during the week. Best after a rain.

Such a beautiful hike all the way to lookout tower. enjoyed the hike up but decent was very hard on my knees even using my poles. Will do it again

The first 3 miles is down hill (easy), but heading back is challenging. I recommend bringing your hiking poles. The waterfall is currently dry, but the bowl still has water. Lots of fresh animal dropping, so be alert and careful. We started at 7:15, started to warm up after that so bring plenty of water and sunblock.

The hike to the saddle completes most of the elevation gain. From there to Peak is flat or gradual gain. Really pretty hike. Lots and lots and lots of dogs on trail. If you get there by 7am or earlier you pretty much have the trail to top by yourself. Coming down in late morning or early afternoon and you will pass excessive amounts of people. Bathrooms at trailhead and all trails well marked. I started hike at 7am and was the only one on top. Did see 4 people coming back down. All but one spent the night camping.

Gorgeous hike! Stop at ranger station in town for parking permit and trail pass. Learned that hard way. Wilderness up there is just gorgeous! Saw one black rattle snake on trail near top.

hiking
22 days ago

11/21/18 This was our first hike as a couple! The road that leads into the trail is still closed. The rangers were very helpful in helping us navigate to the start of the trail. We made a few wrong turns but we were able to navigate back on the trail. The app is so helpful! Our entire hike ended up being 11 miles (lol) and took 5.25 hours. The oasis at the end did not have any water but some palm trees at the bottom of the canyon. Very cool view. Weather was perfect with a nice breeze which was welcome. If you want to save yourself a couple miles I’d suggest driving up to the camping area where there is parking near the group sites and entrance to the trail. We would definitely do this next time.

very well maintained trail .. moderate hike very nice views of Santa Barbara worth the hike.. early mornings best

Diverse scenery. The eagle rock does not disappoint.

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