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Nice easy hike on a quiet Sunday. Great if you like a little bit of history (see the ruins) and small waterfalls.

Decent climb and good trail to bring your dog. Beautiful view of all Santa Barbara at the top. Stay left at the fork. Parking can be variable, but there are several spots along the road if your willing to walk to road to the trail head.

nice hike it has couple small waterfalls, around 1 miles is uphill and the rest is easy

Great close by hike with beautiful views and fun walking through the ruined house and waterfall. We started early (7:45 AM) so trail was empty. We started counter clockwise on Solstice canyon rd . We finished the loop in an hour and 15 minutes so decided to do it again this time clockwise starting with the rising sun trail which is a harder uphill. Ended up having a picnic at the ruins on our way down. Great workout and fun hike! Trail got pretty busy around 10 AM .

A beautiful park with well maintained and clearly marked trails. Parking at the trailhead is very limited and fills up fast. Rather than waiting for someone to leave we parked at a scenic overlook just up the road from the park entrance and walked the approx 3/4 mile to the trailhead.

We chose to do the loop counter-clockwise. The Solstice Canyon Trail is an old road bed, largely paved, but very degraded in sections. We saw folks pushing baby strollers up to Tropical Terrace. It's more of a walk than a hike, but it is definitely up hill all the way. It's shadey and canyony. Quite lovely. It ends at Tropical Terrace, the site of an old residence. It's a beautiful setting with lots of non native tropical vegetation. This is also the site of the waterfall, barely a trickle on our visit after our long, arid spring and summer.

We chose the Rising Sun Trail for our return. This is truly a hike. It's a trail, not an old road. After a quick and easy stream crossing there is a long slog uphill, nearly to the crest of the ridge in front of you. It will get your heart rate up, but it's very doable. Sections have steps built into the hillside. Once the crest is reached, there is a long traverse with beautiful canyon and eventual ocean views. Then the trail descends back to the trailhead.

This is a beautiful hike easily done as part of a day.

Good hike featuring a couple of historic sites and vegetation contrasting between desert/mountain/beach (similar to most hikes in the area). Not busy, dog-friendly, quick and easy. Waterfall was barely going, but it being still visible this time of year was a nice surprise!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with family. Good incline, total hike felt more than 3.2 miles. Shade on lower part of trail. Beautiful views of the ocean!

Granted we went on a very hot day, the work was not worth the payoff. Not much in regards to views. We went last weekend (September), absolutely no water in the creek. Everything was just dry and hot. Definitely a climb.

Scenic and historic- good incline!

Scenic and historic!

Great hike with the family!

A great hike for when friends and family are in town visiting. That being said, if you're able and wanting to put in some more mileage elsewhere, you can get much better views that aren't as crowded.

A truly beautiful gem of a hike. It's so nice to be near running water and greenery during the dry summer months.

I haven't been hiking in a while, I joined my friend Yvette today and we had such a great time on this trail. Seeing the house ruins and waterfall and the view of the ocean made our day.

Good hike. The end of the trail was pretty steep and had a rope to help you get down. Not much of a view at the end, and there was no waterfall when I went in August.

The beginning of the trail to the waterfall is easy. If you decide to continue up the trail to the left you’re at an incline until you reach the Deer Valley Loop. That’s another mile-ish loop and then you go back down the way you came.
There isn’t much shade on the trail, only when you reach the abandoned structures along the way.
It’s really woodsy in some areas with streams, and there are lots of birds & lizards. Overall very beautiful, and quiet on the harder trail.

hiking
3 months ago

HOT! Nice little hike but next time will definitely do it earlier in the day, towards the end both my friend and myself as well as my dog were running to get to the next little patch of shade. Make sure you also look at the map and remember where you parked because there are quite a few little trails in the park

A little harder than moderate at some of the road diversions. Warm and sunny! Loved it. You can see the ocean from some spots.

on Fremont Ridge Trail

hiking
3 months ago

it's rewarding with lake cachuma views. if you plan to extend the hike after the trail till paradise road, it gets tough on the way up. requires more water and to start the hike as early as 7~8 am. otherwise, you will face noon sun shine.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike!! The ruins are quite interesting. Nice that they have a write-up on the home that used to be, complete with pictures. The falls were very nice, even though a bit light, as there has been no rain lately.

We wanted to take the entire loop, so we made the decision to follow other hikers’ advice and start out on the Rising Sun Trail. Taking this way gets the steep incline portion out of the way in the first leg of the hike, which really helped to make the rest more enjoyable.

At first we thought the falls were closed, because of an early sign saying “area closed”, but this is misleading. There is another way to the falls just behind the ruins, as this was essentially their back yard.

The way back alternated on a paved road and hopping over the tiny stream, and it was really nice...easy.

Loved it so much nature to see and explore and not a hard hike at all.

Both trails that run along the north and south side of the creek are CLOSED. Nothing indicated when they would reopen.

walking
4 months ago

Went for an evening stroll and loved every second of it! Beautiful sunset and peaceful, not too many people.

Great trail!

hiking
4 months ago

Great quick hike with a bit of elevation

Great hike. Beautiful, rather easy. Kids loved it. Not long.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful, short loop with scenic views of the surrounding canyons. We had a dog with us and it was great for her. It’s mostly single track with some steep downhill exposures. Some points are rocky but for the most part it’s smooth and well maintained. We did it clockwise. Towards the end of the loop, the trail becomes grassy two-track. Bees and butterflies everywhere right now. Watch for snakes, and horse traffic (and poop).

hiking
4 months ago

fun hike. free parking lot

Cold Springs rd. closed and barricaded heading up to the trailhead due to damage from the fire and mudslides. Parked below and attempted to walk 0.3mi to the trail head, but was turned away by a park ranger doing his rounds. Will try back in a few weeks!

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