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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.

not really a trail but if you near it do it. the view is awesome from the house. great for all ages because it's so easy

Beautiful view! Great for pictures
Easy trail

28 days ago

Love that Jesusita connects you to other trails giving you a choice to seek more or turn right back and seek more maybe another day.

well kept up trail..great to bring your best friend..very enjoyable

Nice hike with beautiful views

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail with gorgeous views

hiking
1 month ago

This was harder then I expected. It’s really uphill and pretty bumpy/rocky. Some beautiful views along the way. It’s 2.8 miles to the top. Would recommend when it’s not too hot out or cloudy day because there’s no shade.

hiking
1 month ago

On an overcast weekend morning, starting out at 9:15am, it was not crowded on the trail though parking was pretty full. A beautiful hike even with some clouds. The trail forks about halfway up. Stay to the left.

Solid

Here is the deal. It’s a park with a nice paved walking path, but the “hike” starts when you take the long-ish stair case down to the beautiful relatively empty undeveloped beach and “hike” to your hearts content along the beach or to any of the other long staircase access points. This is very much an unofficial off leash dog area. This hike is also tide dependent. A hide tide would make this potentially impossible. Tides change daily. A quick google search will let you know what the ocean is up to that day.
You could also head South on the pavement from the park towards the marina and walk on pavement for miles along more development/used beaches, but that’s not what this “hike” is sharing.

One of my favorite areas in Santa Barbara / Goleta. Gorgeous bluffs and then an easy descent down to the beach.

The monarch trails in the forest are currently closed because the trees are dying. Check the butterfly grove website.

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.

It's the same starting point as a few other hikes, and a great one! I did this hike in mid August. It was really hot but doable and short. The view at the top was worth it. I also wasn't as crowded as I thought it would be.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy and interesting. Drove along Camino Cielo afterwards. Perfect for an after work outing

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

walking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

Details: There are actually two different starting points for this trail. The one mentioned here is off Spyglass road (3 miles RT), but the other one is off Foothill Road (about 7 miles RT). This review is based off the shorter version from Spyglass Road.

Pros:
- Great views
- The first half is mostly flat
- Dogs allowed

Cons
- My biggest complaint, regardless of where you start, is that there is no sign or indication to let you know you've reached the finish line. You just have to assume because of the view and the path everyone else is taking.
- At least half of the trail doesn't have shade
- It is very crowded, but the longer version is less crowded. Even when I left today around 8pm, all the parking spots were still full.
- Not enough parking.
- Not well marked. I got turned around more than once because there were a couple forks with no clear indication of which way to go.

hiking
4 months ago

I’m a beginner hiker and this trail was perfect for a first hike!

Beautiful views, nice easy afternoon hike.

Trail has been devastated by fires and floods. Slowly growing back. We had to take a different track because of washouts. Ended up just hiking up to the hot springs water was flowing into a small pool. More warm than hot. Actually Interesting to see the power of Mother Nature to destroy and rejuvenate.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a great starter for small children. The ruins make it feel like an adventure and the views are fantastic.

Not much of a hike but a very cool view.

Not really a hike but great views.

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!

hiking
4 months ago

Excellent. A little tiring once you pass the private property water fuel up (I’m in average shape). That stretch and the switchbacks had me zapped! Parts of the trail are pretty narrow, and flowering plants line them (read: bees!). Lots of bees. It was not a problem for me, but if you are allergic, keep this in mind! There’s not a lot of avoiding them.

Views at the top are amazing. Once the trail ends, keep going down the utility road when you see power lines. You’ll see a little sub trail off to the right that leads to inspiration point.

When in doubt, keep going up!

hiking
5 months ago

A great trial that unfortunately everyone knows about. Not great for hot days due to lack of shade though. Always high foot traffic, and parking is usually frustrating; pay attention to parking signs because cars Will be Towed!... It ends with a stunning view that everyone should experience at least once if they are local, and my dog loves this trail as much as me and everyone else.

walking
5 months ago

Short walk to great views.

Beautiful views, perfect spot to watch the sunset!

fun and easy "hike", it's really walking down a dirt road to the castle. The views of the horizon from the castle are amazing. I would def do it again, but be warned it is easy and super short.

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