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muddy
3 hours ago

Fun little trail run. They are rebuilding the castle. The guys were on lunch break and I was able to run up to it but was only there for a few minutes

Highly recommend this trail. Scenery was great. The creek had water flowing the whole time with some small water falls. The view of the ocean and the mountains behind were amazing.

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2 days ago

Great hike kind hard but worth it

hiking
2 days ago

This was a fine hike for a holiday Monday! We got to the trailhead around 9:30 and it was already full, so we ended up parking about a half mile down the road. Even with adding a mile roundtrip, and a couple backtracks since we had trouble finding the right trail, our total numbers were 7.10 miles, 2087 ft of elevation gain, and we did it in 3 hours. We didn't go all the way to E Camino Cielo road, we stopped at the waterfalls, which was more of a wet trickle down the rock, despite the recent rains.
This trail description wasn't enough for us, but luckily a hiker we met on the trail knew where to go. Here's a quick rundown:
Start on Inspiration point trail. Where the paved road turns to dirt, go left. At the next fork, with a sign for Jesusita Trail, take a right, then just go up, up, up, and the trail continues till you hit the "falls." It probably continues past that to the road but we didn't go that far.
You should only cross the creek once, over a bridge. If you end up going past that and crossing it a second time, that's more towards Inspiration Point and Seven Falls trail, and you've passed the trail turnoff.
It was a beautiful day for the hike, sunny and clear but not too hot, although on hot days you definitely need to bring a LOT of water, since it's almost entirely exposed. Great views of the ocean and the Channel Islands. Trail was in good condition, but there's definitely a lack of signage in this area.

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muddy
rocky
washed out
3 days ago

Hiked with Midge and Grace. Lots of water and waterfalls. Very lush greenery everywhere. Beautiful views of the ocean from the top.

Did this for the first time after some rain, so the creek and waterfalls were flowing (but not too high to make crossing difficult). Going clockwise worked well— up the steep part, with good shade, then down the longer, more gradual part with stunning views. A great workout for me as medium-fit. Highly recommend!

on McMenemy Trail

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3 days ago

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4 days ago

Get here early or you will walk an extra mile for parking. We arrived around 10am and luckily found parking. The water was flowing, we followed the creek partially then the trail.

Definitely some rock climbing involved and some pretty sketchy drops and rock hopping around the creek area. There is a rope that will help you get up to the tail or down the trail depending which way you are going.

It was a Saturday so we saw around 20-30 people many didn’t know the way so I suggest do as we did and follow your all trails map.

Best to do the loop clockwise so you get the beautiful views coming down Old Romero Road. Only problem is that it’s easy to miss the trail going up the canyon — make sure you are checking the app during the first half mile or so from the trailhead and read other people’s reviews. Loved this trail!

10 days ago

A lot of new construction happening. There’s a rope swing on the side that’s fun.

Great area to hike and bring your pup. There is a section to the left of the parking area that is actually not part of the preserve and you can have your dog off leash. I avoid this area in the summer because it is exposed and also at dawn and dusk because of coyotes. Easy hiking and most trails are wide

One of the best frontcountry day hikes currently in SB. I went late in the afternoon and was treated to tranquility, reddish dappled light, even the reassuring croak of a tree frog - time certainly well spent.

This trail has a steady ascend and is well marked.
The views at the end are amazing and gives you a great perspective of the entire Santa Barbara.

Fun easy walk with beautiful views of the ocean. Dogs can be off leash in most of the park. Then we headed down on a trail to the beach. Turn left and it’s a dog beach-off leash and you can walk for miles. Few people once past first .5. A winner!

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23 days ago

Still a good, challenging trail with fantastic views. Trailhead is currently unmarked, but starts to the right of the creek up Park Ln. The first mile is essentially all uphill and has some loose stone in several areas, so don’t attempt if you aren’t prepared.

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24 days ago

HOLY HECK this was a tactical trail. If you have bad knees, this is not the trail for you. Don’t let the 4.5 mileage fool you. I’m in great shape and it took me over 4 hours to do the out and back. Bring gloves if you have them. My hands were bleeding from the rocks.

Very easily defined trail. It ends at Inspiration Point.

Beautiful hike. Just made it to the meadow due to time. Definitely a hike I will do again.

hiking
24 days ago

This hike was very pretty. I loved the summit and exploring the paths and panoramic view of the coast. It is worth every step. For beginner-intermediate hikers, my friend and I took our time going up to the point. There is a good amount of shade along they way. We passed a creek with little water and saw small groups of people frequently. The entire hike was about 6 miles for us. Parking on the side of the streets can be crowded in the weekend.

great trail to break a sweat wide trail and great views of river and ocean you can make it as hard or easy as you want

Incredible hike. The most amazing part was the sound dog the waves at the coves hitting the rocks

Awesome loop...can do a lot of different options. Really nice hike this Thanksgiving!

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25 days ago

Low effort high reward! A little hard to follow at times

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26 days ago

Hiked in November 2017. Great hike on a beautiful California day surrounded by ocean views.

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27 days ago

Beautiful hike. Can't wait to hit it up again in the Spring when the river gets flowing. The trail is mostly under canopy, well maintained, & clearly marked, making it easy to navigate between the trail & private property. There's also a place to refill your water before you start the real climb in elevation which is helpful if you go through a lot of water like I do. Early AM is the best time to start; as it gets later the trail starts to get quite crowded. In a previous comment someone mentioned bees, & they're right. If you have a severe allergy, use caution because they're unavoidable. Otherwise, the view at the top is gorgeous & completely worth the trek. Have fun!

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27 days ago

The first part of the hike is on a road which is not so nice, but the trail is pretty good to walk on after that. The views at the top are cool!

28 days ago

Nice urban out and back hike. The first half of the trail takes you along a creek lined with big oaks and sycamores, then on a road near a couple of homes. The second half is a bit steeper and leads you up to Inspiration Point. The views of the ocean and Santa Barbara were great (the powerlines, not so much). We were there on a very windy day and didn't stay too long at the top. If you coordinated with a friend/driver, you could in theory take the Jesusita Trail to the top and the Inspiration Point Trail down the other side. I could imagine this being a good place to find wildflowers in the spring. Warning about the parking lot... You almost need a high clearance vehicle to park here. We scraped the bottom of our car pretty severely.

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30 days ago

Beautiful December hike that was 6.53 miles according to our garmin watches. We took the wrong turn (to the left) at the first fork and went up a super steep fire road to the transmission towers but found the tiny trail that is there (it's marked with a stake). The trail took us back down off the ridge to the trail that goes up along the creek (watch for poison oak in places). The creek trail was beautiful and a continuously up for 2 miles; parts were steep but the footing was good. The trail crosses the creek several times but wasn't an issue as there wasn't much water in the creek. Got to the intersection with all the other trails and then headed to the right "towards Bella Vista Road". The old Romero fire road had lots of cyclists but everyone was polite and there is plenty of room to step aside. Road is very exposed so be sure to bring water. Footing was good although there were parts near the bottom that were a little slippery due to it being very dry gravel. The views were great. We would definitely do this hike again. I agree that it should be rated 'hard' if you are going up the creek trail.

Beautiful views of the ocean, nice place to take a walk or jog in the morning

Super beautiful, especially at sunset

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